#Janathon Day 14 – Remembering I’m a beginner


My night-time, winter running get-up. Notice, its an “action shot!”

It’s interesting, once my feet start to hit the road, I’m “home.”  The problem with this, is that it’s not home yet.  I have spent 13 months running rarely, and almost exclusively with my 12 year son at his pace – around 11 to 12 minutes per mile.

I have started running six days a week on January 1st, two weeks ago.  While my mind knows I’m a runner, and the muscles know all of the steps, the fact is that endurance and speed do not develop in 14 days.  The fact I was able to do 20 miles last week is really quite remarkable when I stop and think about it.  Yet, the fact I am restarting doesn’t occur to me, until my legs are lethargically objecting sub 9 minutes miles. I know, this will pass and the mileage and speed will come.  In fact, this is the best “starting point” I’ve gotten to work from, in my many years of off again/on again running!  See that silver lining?

So tonight, on Day 14 of Janathon, and day 14 as a runner, i headed out side to face the grueling 32 degree (0 degrees for those on the other side of the pond) weather.  Now, I woke up yesterday with a sore shoulder and stiff neck.  It hurt to turn my head, to sit, to stand, to lay down, etc. – and I thought that taking my weekly rest day yesterday might give it a chance to feel better today.  This was only marginally (at best) successful, so I decided another rest day was out.  I laced up my shoes (though somehow forgot I had new shoes, so I wore my Altras) and headed out the door.

wpid-wp-1421281930905.pngI had a route in mind that I knew was pretty close to four miles, a nice out and back.  I headed out, ready to conquer the world (after all, I just had a rest day, remember?) – but as I tried getting my legs into “Cruising Along” mode, my legs reminded me that while active runners may recover in a day, those that have NOT been terribly active – do not.

Ah well, I guess I would shoot for a 9 minute mile then.  My legs felt tired, but they were also willing to play along, so I can’t object to their performance.  Each of my miles were under 9 (the 2nd one I got stuck at a traffic light) for the running – So I was even more pleased when I looked at the numbers!  No, not the low 8’s or 7’s that I would like, but much better than the 9:30’s or 10’s I thought i might be doing for a while longer.

stuck waiting at a traffic light for mile 2.

Stuck waiting at a traffic light for mile 2.

While running on the treadmill the other day, i mentioned that at 1.25 miles (or so), my legs suddenly lost their desire to keep going.. that was at 2.3 today.. So I count that as progress!   Just like the other day of course, I ignored them and worked through it.  They certainly weren’t giving me the same grief they were at the end of the Marathon, so I figured we were good to go.

Still moving on in our Whole30 diet as well!  If I were allowed to weigh myself, and I’m not, but IF I was, I’m near positive the scale would (hypothetically) tell me i was down 6 pounds!

Janathon total Miles: 41


I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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One comment on “#Janathon Day 14 – Remembering I’m a beginner
  1. madhat2014 says:

    Great action shot! 🙂

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