7.09.2007

To Whom This May Concern

Dear Legs:

I have been fighting with you on and off for the past year. As soon as I get into a routine with running, you tend to take over my life and put a hault to my training. I have learned to rest, stretch, ice, and use ibuprofen, more often. I have been taking my women's multi-vitamin and Omega-3 pills daily. I have been consuming a protein shake after every run, and I am working on having one once a day. During the day, I am attempting to drink 80-100 ounces of water, even though it can become quite difficult. I don't know what it is that I am doing wrong to make you, make me, feel miserable on my runs lately.

So despite how you have made me feel, I got up this morning and had a different game in mind. I ate my multi-grain cheerios, drank some water, and stretched a bit to warm up my muscles. Then, I went out for that run. I had made a mental note that this was going to be a good run, even if it had to be slow. I told myself I was goign to run5/walk1. And that is what I did. I attempted to keep my heart rate down, but found that difficult with the hot sun and discomforting humidity. But, I did it. And darnit, it felt wonderful!

For your information, I am not going to let you win this one. Not just yet. And if you haven't noticed, some races are coming up. Some small ones. And some big ones. You are not going to hold me back. Like I said, I have been running for a year+ now and I am ready to train for these raices. Bring it on! Because we all know that I am going to win this fight!

Sincerely,

Ms. S

Time: 10:15 am
Temp: 74 degrees
Humidity: 51% (UV index 5)
Distance: 3.05 miles
Duration: 38:07
Type: R5/W1
Avg Pace: 12:29
Avg HR: 170
Max HR: 180

27 comments:

Molly said...

Sounds like you had a great run this morning! It is REAL hot here too!

Email me (marye0821@hotmail.com)and I will send you what Lisa (slow and steady) sent me on the run/walk.

I am SO frusterated with my knee! I am afraid I am either going to have to rest for a long period or overdose on Advil!

We have two huge Bradford Pears (probably will have to come down at some point) and a big old Weaping Cherry in our front yard so I actually look for shade lovers...the back of the house is another story...hot, hot, hot!

Take Care

Wes said...

at'a girl! run/walk ROCKS :-)

Runner Gal Leana said...

I loved your letter! I'm sure you will be able to push through this - and I definitely love the run/walk mantra (although my intervals go out the window when I'm racing since I get too caught up in the crowd and the adrenalin). Good for you for getting those 3 miles in, and congrats on the new apartment!

Annette said...

That's right! You tell those legs who's the boss! Way to put them in their place. :) Loved your post!

Jess said...

Good. Show those legs whose boss.

Marcy said...

That's right!!! You tell em! My shins and I have this convo from time to time.

IronGambit said...

i want to upgrade my legs, like I did my bike from Ultegra to Dura Ace! :)

RunnerGirl said...

You tell those legs who's boss!

Loved the letter!!!!!!

J~Mom said...

Did you hear her legs? She meant it!!

scott keeps running said...

You're good enough; you're smart enough; and doggone it people like you!

Firefly's Running said...

You go tell those legs who's boss. Right on!

Randy said...

Great run....way to talk to those legs...don't let them abuse you. They will if you let them...it's mind over legs...and you shall win!!!

Neese said...

way to keep getting out there, those legs will eventually listen, they can be stubborn little buggers huh? nice job!

Jess said...

What a great post! And a great run! Awesome job!

Mendy said...

They better listen to ya!

I am so happy for you that you conquered your run, and having leg pains, and such. I'm going through a similar situation with my shin and my left leg (all of it) hurting.

Way to get out there and show who's tha boss!!

jahowie said...

This is a great post. I'm glad that you are sticking with it, and showing those legs who's the boss.

jkrunning said...

Thanks for the motivation yesterday. I did my 3 miles and I see you did yours.

Yay us.

Steve S. said...

You tell them bad boys!...

WannaBe5Ker said...

You GO, girl! That heat is ridiculous today, but you conquered it!

JeffM said...

Hard to run in heat- way to show them you're in charge.

robtherunner said...

Don't let em hold you back.

Nicole said...

Way to go on your run.
Maybe you need more potassium - have your tired a banana before running.

Deb said...

Yeah...don't take it laying down!!!! You are awesome to keep 'makin it happen'!

miss petite america said...

mind over matter, chica! great run!

akshaye said...

that was wonderful! im sure they'll pay attention now... btw.. how come you running the race in detroit?

Makita said...

Love the 'letter'! Everyone's getting so clever with their posts this week... did ya'll sign-up for a creative writing class and I wasn't informed?

Anne said...

That's a lot of liquids. Sounds like maybe those legs just want to go wee wee wee all the way home!