I’ve been in a running slump for most of the past three months, partly because I had a couple of bouts (or one long bout) of the flu which really kicked my butt, but also because the winter doldrums seemed extra hard this year, and I just lost steam.
Today, I noticed that I had some mojo back, enjoyed my run a little bit more, cranked my playlist up a little higher, felt generally a little better. I made a decision this morning to do mano-a-mano battle with the lethargy that has taken up residence in my body-mind….I’ll run 5, and if possible, 6 times a week, come hell or high water. No more discussion in my head–this deal is signed.
I’ve also had some unexpected aches and pains that I’m contending with, but I chalk it up to reduced time stretching. So more attention to stretching, especially hamstrings, glutes. I want to get back into hills, and they seem to bother my glutes.
Finally, a reader wrote me a month or so ago, but I neglected to respond (more lethargy. Did I mention long, dark winter?)
I am very interested in how anybody my age manages to keep running. I love to run fast, but I have to do a lot of slow jogging to warm up. I don’t just let ‘er rip, because if I did I really wound rip up a tendon. This has happened to me before, and you don’t want a torn tendon. Especially in your knee.Exercise is fun. Dieting (and I mean all the time) is not. When I was 45, I had to admit that I needed to lose 30 pounds, and I went on a diet, which was basically, eat a lot less food. I managed to lose about a pound a week for about six months or so, and then it took another six months or so to get my digestion back to normal. After I did that, keeping the weight off was not too bad. It was just a matter of refusing to get sucked into eating too much, as I had all my life before I went on a diet.