Defense against the dark side (pain)

Spent a lot of time thinking on the run this morning about everything but running.  I wouldn’t call this a quality run because I was pretty much on auto pilot the whole way.  I averaged about an 8:20 mile and I was spent when I got done so I would say I gave good effort, but I wasn’t exactly focused.

A lot of it has to do with my defense against pain.  I seem to have pinched a nerve in my back and it hurt like hell for about the first 2 miles.  Marathon running taught me to run through pain by not focusing on it.  That became pretty automatic for me through the little nagging stuff that happens during the run up to a marathon.  Unless it is in danger of rupturing or falling off, you kinda have to just ignore it or you will never run.  So my auto pilot kicked on and I spent the entire run thinking about swim times, wetsuits, aero bars, spin classes, brownies (yes, brownies… the kind you bake…), camping, floor polish and so on.  Somebody asked me how my run was and I said “What run?”

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I know this is not the way to “train”.  It might even be a bad habit I have developed over the last year since I have not been “training”, just desperately trying to maintain.  I may need to start setting goals for each run (hills, fartleks, form, etc.) so that I add more quality back into each run.  Especially now that there are going to be fewer of them so that I can accommodate the other disciplines in triathlon.  In short… I need to focus!  Since I have the attention span of a goldfish… this might be a challenge.

…what were we talking about…?

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