Nothing great, but something.

I junked Saturday’s long run because I heard from my boss (he’s on leave back in Houston right now) that he might not be ready for the half marathon FACE OFF in February (Insert boooooo here. And frustration. And aggravation. And failure to elaborate further because I don’t want to get dooced.)

Instead, I jumped on the treadmill and decided to run 800s. I had no idea what I could do and finished knowing I could have done better (no puke threshold encountered! win!) Here’s what happened:

3:40.3
3:34.2
3:34.8
3:35.7
3:41.4
3:28.5
I did them Yasso-style, with recovery (approximately) equivalent to run time–I kept it at 3:35. So there’s still something there, I hope. It’s pretty weak, I’ll admit. But someday when my running shoes get to hit pavement again, hopefully it’s worthwhile.
Right now, I’m just bummed. There’s no racing in sight. No opportunity to get in meaningful training (I KNOW there are people out there who run bananas miles on a treadmill and then run killer marathons…to those people I say, you have a LOT of natural talent. Promise. You do.) I miss that feeling of willing my Garmin to find the signal early in the morning so I can stop freezing…so my legs can move and I can be warm…seeing a mile beep across the watch and knowing warm-up time is over and it’s time to kick it up a notch.
It occurs to me so much of my frustration with living here deals with how it’s impacted my running; something I’m mediocre at (at best) and yet, it meant the world to me. It still means the world to me.
I haven’t found a way to deal with this healthily yet. And I don’t know if I will.
(And some photos because my business trip to Brisbane has been postponed and therefore fast Internet is, well, far far away. This? Took forever. Hope you enjoy.)

with my (not so) baby sisters over Christmas.

I freaking love this girl.

And I’ve now spent 27 minutes waiting for these two photos two upload. That’s my limit for tonight…guess I still don’t have any patience.

Have you been here before? Stuck in some void of training neverland? Misery loves company, you know.

Happy running.

17 Responses to “Nothing great, but something.”


  1. 1 Elizabeth Nettleton January 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I’m sorry you’re having a hard time now with the running, but since misery does love company, I’ll give you some. I just got into trying to do distance running about a year and a half ago. Within 6 months of starting, I found out I needed foot surgery. I bounced back and did a couple more halves….and went back to the foot doctor last week. I don’t think I’m going to be able to run, at least not like I want to, ever again. My skeletal structure is conspiring against me, and this is the end. I’m not a good runner, and realistically, I always struggled to be over the 40% line in finishing. Still, I loved it, and now it’s gone. BUT there’s always something else to do. That’s what I’m telling myself now anyway. Chin up.

    • 2 purpleshoe runs February 27, 2012 at 5:58 am

      Sorry to hear that, Liz. Guess I should shut the hell up about being bored with running on a treadmill, huh? Are you by chance a badass swimmer?? Perhaps triathlons could be your deal : )

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