Thursday, November 29, 2012

Goal



I'm feeling good today after reading the overall results from the Southern Arizona Roadrunners Grand Prix series. Back in January I made a goal of competing in as many of the races in the series as possible, and through some small setbacks and scheduling conflicts I ended up racing seven times. While I'm far from what used to be my peak condition I was able to win my 40-49 age group in the series with a fair amount of decent placings. I was certainly helped by the fact that the one runner ahead of me was pulled out of my group so that he could win the overall Masters division, but just the same I'm really happy to be competitive again.

I'm still trying to maintain a 40MPW average these days, though I trailed off a bit during the past two weeks as work began taking up more of my time. There used to be a time where I could maintain mileage and intensity through these busy weeks, but I'm finding that I feel better and perform better if I take the more reasonable path and back off. I find that taking two days off from running and putting in several 8 milers works better than trying to run each day, and this allows me to spend more time with weights, Pilates and other nonsense.

Health-wise things are good for the most part. I'm wondering if the herniated and bulging discs are acting up a bit in the lower back, but it's pretty much impossible to determine whether the numbness and tingling I have are due to that or the multiple sclerosis. I've considered lobbying for a full set of MRI's, but the thought of going through lumbar, cervical and brain sessions is a bit daunting.

I'm trying to figure out goals for next year. Part of me wants to attempt another marathon, but I'd need to find a way to keep working on balance, coordination and strength at the same time. When I check in again hopefully I'll have it figured out. Stay well and thanks for reading.