Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Runner's Burnout Almost Cured!

This morning I received a delivery of 3 tons of wood pellets for heating this old drafty farm house of mine through most of the winter(I'll probably need one more ton before winter is over.) Before I set to work on hauling the 40 pound bags into the far end of the barn one at a time, I decided to take a run.I knew I'd be in no condition to run after I was done lugging 3 tons of pellets! And I WANTED to run!!!

Since Oil Creek, I've been running just about every other day and only doing 5 or 6 miles most of those days. I am a person who normally runs 6 or 7 days a week and puts in some good mileage. If you've been reading this blog, you may have caught on to the fact that I was starting to get sick and tired of running. I wasn't enjoying it and I needed a break! Plus my lower spine problem had been giving me right posterior leg pain since May. It isn't a lot of fun to run with pain. All this taken into account, I still couldn't get myself to stop running completely for a few months' rest. So instead I decided to cut way back on the milelage, run every other day at the most, and run at an easy pace when I did run. I decided to enjoy my new found love of mountain biking during this time and concentrate on developing my abilities and getting more comfortable on the bike. I am happy to say that after only a few weeks of this routine, I am well on my way to being cured of the dreaded "Runner's Burnout". An additional benifit is that my right leg pain is milder than it has been in 5 months. I will stick with this routine until the end of November. By then I should be aching to get out and run longer and faster and more frequently!

Today's run was 5 miles on the Ossipee River Trails. It took me 45:22 which breaks down to about 9 minute miles. No speed records there, but I felt fabulous and enjoyed every step of it! I followed the run with a full body workout, hauling pellets into the barn. Believe me, I'll sleep well tonight!


  1. Excellent! Glad you got your mojo back.

  2. That is a lot of crosstraining...three tons, how many trips was that?

  3. It was excellent cross training! I could lug 5 bags at a time on the dolly to the top of the stairs, but had to carry them down and stack them one by one...so 30 trips with the dolly and 150 trips from the dolly to the storage area. When my son came home from work,he pointed out that I had lifted 6000 pounds.