Some thoughts and food update

I have given a lot thought to the marathon or longer races that I have been doing lately.  I enjoy the races very much and they give me a sense of satisfaction or accomplishment.  I feel good knowing I can run 26 miles with no problem, or finish a 50 mile race, or head down to Tennessee for my favorite Strolling Jim 40 Miler.  I have finished 26 races of marthon distance or longer but I have been asking myself why lately.  You see, I don’t want these races to be my “identity” or self-worth measuring stick.  I have been thinking that if these long races are creeping into the arena of meaning THAT, then I need to back off of them so that I can regain a healthier sense of who I am and what is most important to me.  I don’t want to get to a place where I think I am not in shape because I don’t want to or can’t run a 50 miler anytime I want to.  I don’t want to be thinking, “man, I only did 1 marathon this year I’m must not be a real runner.”  I am not there yet but I know myself and my tendency to do this so I have had to put myself into check regarding this.  So I have been considering drastically cutting back on these races so that I can begin to focus on more objective measures of success that define my fitness and my goals more accurately.  I am not looking to be one of the best marthoners or ultra-marathoners, I am looking to be in very very good condition as a runner who still enjoys running for the rest of my life.  Anyway, these are just the thoughts I have been having regarding this.

My eating went very well yesterday again.  I went to Taco Del Mar for dinner but had the calories and points to be able to do it within my plan.  It was very tasty too.  It’s friday and I don’t work tomorrow so I am finishing off my lunches today.  I feel pretty darn good physically and have lots of energy.  I will also run today, I think it is a marathon goal paced run for 5-6 miles.  I am just going to focus on enjoying that run for running’s sake.  Just be outside and enjoy the sensation of movement and experience the blessing of being able to run at all.  That’s all for today.

4 Responses to “Some thoughts and food update”

  1. July 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I love the idea that you want to have more than just running to define who you are. You are much more than that and knowing what makes you important to God and others is great.

    I’m going through a slight identity crisis regarding health and running lately. I was the girl who picked up running after a major weight loss and got back to it after major back surgery. And now I’m dealing with a pesky calf injury that is not healing as fast as I’d like. So I’ve missed so much running this year and I’m not burning as many calories so I’ve gained some weight. And in some way I’ve felt like I lost me. But after talking with my PT and some friends I’m trying to find out who I am not just what I can do.

    That all to say you have so much more to you than being the great ultra runner. You can take the time to find these things and have others point them out to you. You’d be surprised that the things others see in you aren’t always what we see first.

  2. July 16, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Good thoughts.

    I’m not doing a marathon this year (after doing 5 in 12 months from Oct 2008-Oct 2009) because my body just needs a bit of a rest. And I often wondered if I was doing the long stuff just so I’d be able to eat more. Cutting back on distance and cutting back a bit on the food has helped me regain some perspective. I’m going to enter my first 50K next February, most likely, but I’m doing it NOT because I want to eat more, but because I want to really do the distance and take on the longest racewalking event there is (well, besides a 12 or 24 hour racewalk, which I am really just not interested in!).

    And yes, I think you are wise to cut back a bit to stay in better condition. It’s hard on your body to do that many marathons, I am sure of it. Enjoy your running, enjoy the food in moderation, and enjoy feeling healthy :). You will get back to your goal weight if you really want it (and I think you do!).

  3. July 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    You know you rock. Have a great weekend.

  4. July 21, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I can’t even run a marathon as my stamina is not that good. Anyway, I go for jogging to keep fit and maintain my weight. Keep going, don’t give up! Cheers.

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