So why the running?

I have a football hangover today.  I was up too late last night, but I had to watch the end of the Broncos game!  Yay!!!  I think the Colts were so stupid to give up on Peyton Manning.  Lucky for the Broncos, though  :mrgreen:

So this morning I tried the Speculoos Cookie Butter on my banana bread pudding to try it out (other than what I ate off the spoon yesterday… oops).

I should have waited a bit to photograph it because it got all melty.

It’s good stuff.  Not stellar.  I would put it on par with Nutella as far was what it is like. Very sweet, but has little crunchy cookie bits in it, which were the yummiest part about it.  The calories are pretty much the same as peanut butter (although less protein).  I might buy a jar now and again, but I have to say that I prefer my natural salted peanut butter.

Anyway, I guess I never really explained much about the running intervals again for one of my monthly goals.  Long-time friends know that I gave up running last year because of frustrations caused from my leg problems after my herniated disk and I just stopped.  Well, to be honest, my secret heart goal is to do another duathlon.  And I don’t just want to do it as  a team with me doing the biking, but do it all myself.  There are 2 that go on here, one is in the spring and the other in the fall.  The fall one is just about happening and that got me wanting to do another.

Plus, the Towpath ride I took with my sister went along some of the duathlon route that I did a couple years ago.  So, it starting tugging at me.  Like I need another bee in the bonnet, as John says.   So, I am going to just do some intervals and try to work with my leg instead of trying to force it to do something it just is not capable of.  I don’t know if that means intervals forever with no long running – which I have a feeling is the case – or if I can take a longer period of time to try to build up, like over the whole entire fall and winter.  To do the event next May would require running a 5K, biking 30K, then another 5K.  Biking I could do in my sleep – even in early season.  6 miles of running seems like it might as well be a marathon to me now.  It annoys me because I used to be able to run 6 miles total without issues.  Oh well.

I’ll just take it one day at a time.

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23 thoughts on “So why the running?

  1. Molly

    I agree with you about the Colts. Such a bad move on Irsay’s part. I live in Colt’s territory and my sincere wish this year is for the Broncos to take the Super Bowl.

    I wish I could still run; I miss it. Have had two meniscus surgeries on the same knee 🙁 and some days I have trouble with walking. I wish you well in your endeavors.

  2. Kathy W.

    A lot of folks do races up to a marathon distance with 3-min. run/2-min. walk intervals–and find that their overall time is actually faster than when they ran the whole distance. That might work well or your back/knee.

  3. Fran

    The last sentence is the most important one: one day at a time, one run at a time. I think it’s cool you are going to try another duathlon and I’ll be here cheering for you.

    R. says he wants to pick up biking, so far he has biked twice in 3 months or so 🙂 and you will understand I’m sceptic 🙂 but if he picks it up, I would like us to do a duathlon as a couple where he does the biking and I do the running. Think it would be fun.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Monday September 10, 2012: Mishmash

  4. Helen

    Unless you try you’ll never know if there was something you could have done, right? And I know you don’t want to live in regret! Who cares if you never run all out again if there’s a compromise that allows you to participate in the things you love.

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    I think the Broncos will do a lot better this year with Manning. Let’s hope so anyway and good for him with all the bad blood that went on between the Colts and him.

    If you have the bug, why not go for it? Just take it really, really slow and see how things feel. Make sure you keep up stretching too because if you’re knee is sore and wonky, the rest of your leg/hip will tighten up to compensate.

    You know we’re all rooting for you!
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..Getting Back to Apples

    1. Lori Post author

      The problem is actually my thigh muscle. It’s weak from nerve issues and gets very tired from the running. It was feeling horrible after running, so that is why I stopped.

  6. Jody - Fit at 54

    I have refrained from buying that cookie butter at TJ’s. I see a few of things like that on their shelves that have some ingredients that I just rather not get hooked on that butter & yes, again, others they have. I am sure YUM to me but like you, I will stick with my natural stuff & I buy the unsalted anyway. Maybe one day I will try that or one of their other fun ones! 🙂

    On your running, I hope you can manage this if you really want it Lore – yup, one day at a time!

    Off to read your TJ post! I LOVE TJ! 🙂
    Jody – Fit at 54´s last blog post ..Gratitude Monday & the Dentist; HAPPY BDAY!!!

  7. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    The fun is in the trying. I know you’ll take it as far as you safely can.

    Ever since I got caught out in a lightning storm and literally had to make a run for it, I’ve been adding in one block intervals on my neighborhood walks. I doubt I’ll ever do more than that (mostly due to lack of interest), but you never know. 🙂
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..We Can’t ALL Be Wrong

  8. jodi

    Way to go! I pretty much stopped running after I completed a sprint triathalon. Let me tell you, it’s hard to run after you’ve been biking (like you’re running in cement). Something with the leg muscles you use riding and the leg muscles you use biking. My little piece of advice would be to do a few short run-bike-run training sessions for yourself. like run a mile, bike 3, run another mile. It will help. Congrats on getting back to running. I need to do that.

    Go BRONCOS!! What a game for Manning and Tracy Porter!

  9. Shelley B

    Oooh, a duathlon all by yourself, eh? That is exciting! Now the running makes sense. And I hear you – boy oh boy do I hear you – on the difference between running pre-injury. It’s very, very hard to let go of your runner version 1.0 and just BE runner version 2.0, but mentally, if you can do that and just let the running happen, it will become a lot more acceptable. Good luck with it – baby steps, all the way to that du!
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Book Review – The Digest Diet

    1. Lori Post author

      I just don’t know if I can do that mentally. I don’t know why. I wish I could follow your lead and become a new runner.

  10. Grace @ Grace Dishes

    Taking it one day at a time is how I’m approaching things right now because I was feeling a bit anxious last week. It seems to be working when I’m not overwhelming myself with what-ifs.

    I like interval training! I think it is very effective. I have a fear of hurting myself too so I try not to push myself too hard yet still challenge myself. It’s a balance I’m constantly trying to find.

    Bread pudding is my weakness! I end up having it for breakfast with a cinnamon french toast version using low-fat milk instead of cream. Indulging in the morning works for me (mostly)

    Have a wonderful week!
    Grace @ Grace Dishes´s last blog post ..Living in the moment

  11. Leah

    One day at a time. When my hip was hurting in the fall I was afraid my running was over (before it really even began). I’ve been taking it slow and steady and so far it’s doing okay this time around. I bet you’ll be able to get back to those six miles by next spring.

    Jeff Galloway promotes intervals all the way up to the marathon level. Not that I feel great about that thought either, but he does, so you needn’t feel bad if you have to do intervals for your dualthon. 🙂
    Leah´s last blog post ..Remembering 9-11

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