I try, but I can’t always do it. Like tonight, Tuesday track session. We ran 1000’s. I ran 4 of them. Now I’ve only run 7 other times in the last 3 years, all in the last 5 weeks, but still it’s hard to be happy with 3:56.
I know I should be and if I was coaching a 48 year old skinny, slightly balding (but unusually good looking, ask my mother) man, I would tell him that that’s pretty darn good. But it doesn’t seem too long ago I could run 3:20 with 60 seconds rest, 10 times. It doesn’t seem too long ago that I could run 3:00 with 2 minutes, 6 times. It just doesn’t seem that long ago. But I guess it’s long enough ago. I wish my muscle memory was as good as my memory memory! Oh, wait.. my memory memory is going, so maybe I should take that back…
I had no idea what to expect tonight. I knew I didn’t want to run under 90 second quarters, even if I could, I didn’t what to try that hard. I’m very stingy with my high end efforts. I only have so many left in me and I don’t want to waste them in a track workout when I’m not even in shape yet. Who would argue with that? Maybe in 4 months I’ll give it a go and see what I can do on the track, when I’m in better shape and capable of recovering from it.
With me these hard efforts trash my will. Yes, I’m a weenie! But I am what I am and I go with it! My wife is telling my that all old endurance athletes have trouble absorbing biotin. It’s just a fact, she says. So maybe I’ll listen and make those dietary adjustments and see what happens over the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted. Feel free to check with her if you want some ideas on your own nutrition – vibrantwaywwc.com.
In the meantime I’m working on my smile and being happy with 3:56’s. Looks like I need to address “expectations” sooner rather than later even with myself. But as we all know, the rules don’t apply to us, just to everyone else… I’m just figuring out I’m one of them, not one of us anymore. Maybe I never was one of us. That would be a huge shock.