My Specialist and I will be solving the mystery today shortly after 4:15 pm. That's when we find out why I've been stuck in 2nd running gear for the past 4 months. It can't happen soon enough!
I'm optimistic. I expect that after all the tests we'll have reached the root cause of the condition that has plagued my running. I want to hear good news, 'Eureka...mystery solved!" I don't want to hear, "We need to do more tests". Nope, I'm not really prepared for that.
One of my running friends thinks this mystery can be solved through diet...that it's a dietary imbalance. I'd love for him to be right. That's an easy fix unless he says absolutely cut out salty snacks! I've moved to popcorn and it would suck if I have to give that up too.
Through it all I've managed to keep running. One adjustment I've made recently has been a move to the track for speed repeats. I've added hill repeats as well. It seems I'm OK to go hard for a minute or so followed by a recovery walk. I'm good with that. The increased intensity does push up my metabolism quite a bit. Hey...maybe I'll become a late sprinter!
Because of all this stop-and-start running since last fall, I didn't buy any new winter running gear. I cobbled together totally uncoordinated fleece tops with brightly coloured wind pants for a totally unattractive look. I know how one looks doesn't help with speed but I feel ugly. Is ugly a feeling?
Yeah, I'm looking forward to solving the running mystery today. Stay tuned...
Until next time...