So It is official, I have a new coach of sorts.
I call him Skeletor.
He is my old Physical Therapist, and an Ultra Runner, Ultra Swimmer, and all around smart person. On top of that, he is a Christian of the type I admire. In other words, he actually tries to live a life based on Jesus’ teaching. There’s a lot about him to appreciate. He does not really look like Skeletor, but for some reason when I was going through Physical Therapy, in my head he became Skeletor, and you know sometimes names stick.
I am rather freaked out by the switch. I wanted it badly. Skeletor helped me go from walking with a somewhat unsteady gait to running a new PR half Marathon. So who better? Everything he has ever asked me to do I have done, sometimes not so nicely, but I did it, and I got results. So. Be careful what you wish for right?
Today I bring him the list of races I want to do. I forgot the Ragnar Relay, but it’s only 16.3 miles over 3 legs in January, not a 40 mile run. On it I had 2 half Marathons November and December. The December one I want to run a new post surgical PR… The Tallahassee Marathon, and I got a little wild thinking I’d want to do The Ironmaster’s challenge In May. (Just now I read about scrambling up an 80 degree rock slab, so my enthusiasm is gone for that! rock and I have issues).
He looked at it and said very softly, The first two races are fine. (The Half Marathons). We debated some of the other races a bit and then discussed my pace problem.
I told him my pace problem was surely related to my weight. He agreed, and handed me 2 10 pound weights and asked if I wanted to run a 5K with either one…nope I don’t.
My only true “A” race is Comrades Marathon
Or if you prefer
He knows this. Currently with the shape I am in, Comrades is out. I told him I thought maybe I needed to accept that I won’t run it. He said no, “You can do it” But I can not do it for June 2013. June 2014 is a down year…terrible for my hip and my knees. So It looks like I am actually now training for June 2015. Wow. Talk about a long term training plan.
Skeletor seems to never want to tell me “no” directly, but, I explained to him that I gave him control over this and that he could say no. So he proceeded to say a lot of No, probably no, and also a lot of let’s see.
Then he proceeded to see right through me.
Firstly we talked about pace. My long run paces have been horrific, its cooled off and I am getting better. At least he went off my 5K time that is recent, and is working on that.
Then we talked about “junk miles” I’ve been helping a friend return to form and her running is really slow. I like doing the run with her because it’s more of a walk, and a shake out than anything. Plus, it is FUN and social. She says she is really enjoying them. He said, Probably no… this is the only thing I am really unhappy about, and I am going to see if he will help me to modify it so we can run together.
Then we talked about Nutrition. I told him the generic “I have a problem with food” It’s kind of a code, sort of like, “I’m a friend of Bill’s” People in the know get it. Skeletor is not totally in the know. So we fiddled with me trying to curl into a ball spitting out words like nails saying that I was “working on it and it is improving” I finally spit out that I have Osteopenia of the spine, and he said, “OK, I get it now.” I’m to actually bring him my food diary. Well thank goodness I’ve been kind of eating better. He looked at me and said, you know, there’s a medium out there. I’m encouraged that he did not put the brakes on at that moment. He just said, OK, we can deal with it.
Next up is Resting HR. I am to track it. I do kind of keep track of it. Back in 2008 at the lower point of my “problem with food” my HR was at about 43. It’s now about 56-58. But NOW…I have to take it in the morning, and if it is at all elevated from 58, to say 64… NO Training on that day whatsover.
I panicked. I like to train. (Not everything but in general, I like the gym). I kind of argued with him for about 8 seconds, and then decided to see if it gets elevated at all. If it jumps up a lot I will have a problem. But I have a feeling he knows it won’t. his concern for the elevation is that it apparently indicates early illness. I wanted to spend time arguing about it, but then I realised I need to see first exactly what it is daily.
So he will work on this over the weekend, I am to run my regular miles (10 fat ones) and then get a 2 week plan of action with him. Every couple of week we will do a workout together, strength or running, and we will see how this goes.
How do I feel? Kind of strange. Kind of encouraged. I feel like I shared more information than I wanted to, and that for this I may have to be more vulnerable than I would normally choose to be. And I do not like it one bit.
The other feeling I have is Wow. Someone is willing to look at my nutrition, my speeds, my general fitness, take my injury into account, and HELP me.
So I gotta admit, I am not so sure what to think. Part of me wants all that control back. I want to have my plan back and just continue it. Another part of me is really open and excited…So we shall see…