Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I suspended running at the end of November due to an awful respiratory infection that required 18 days of antibiotics, finishing off with Cipro. Cipro can weaken tendons and muscle fibers leading to tendon/muscle ruptures. I wanted no part of that! So, I rested.
As I'm investigating the ideas behind Paleo/Primal fitness, I'm shocked to discover that my horrible repeated sinus and respiratory infections all these years might NOT have been because I'm a miserable weakling... I might have been stressing my lungs and immune system with my beloved running. I always had a policy of not running with a cold, but that meant... one week. I've had a policy of not sleeping until my work was done, too. And the work is never done.
I decided that I'll focus on strength and walks and sprints as is suggested by Sisson, Wolf, Fragoso et al. I'd like to run again, races, because I truly have felt JOY with that. But I'm going to test the idea that I can have more fun, shorter runs, and perhaps races, just by jumping into them when already all-round fit and strong. I want to feel my way to strength this winter with this alternative approach and see what happens to my sense of strength and power. Maybe I could go on a run end of January and see how fun it is.
That illness scared me. I'm willing to try something different. I've been a "runner" for 32 years and truly had a joy with it. Not a grim resolve to "get my run done." I pretty much NEVER felt relief at the run's end, but disappointment that the fun was over. But I think I was pushing too hard because I wasn't respecting sleep or nutrition. Sleep, nutrition, strong , healthy and happy muscles, THEN I'll see if I can let myself have a treat and take off running like a lunatic through the woods. The thought makes me happy. But first things first.