Monday, August 25, 2008

Blogging In

Whew! It has been a long while since I've updated, let alone visited, my little blog. In case anyone was concerned, I'm fine. I haven't been laid up with injury or bed-ridden with some mystery illness. I've simply felt a bit burnt out on running. The cancellation of Western States had a much greater impact on me than I would have ever imagined. I've never felt so perfectly trained and tapered for a race, as I did for States. I was so wound up the week of the race, it felt as though I was going to explode, but when I got the news that the race had been canceled, it was as though all the wind was just let out of my sails.

I am pretty sure that scientifically you can't just lose all of that fitness, but that's really how it has felt. I attempted to run the White River 50 mile, thinking that might jump start me if I got out and started racing. Unfortunately I never felt mentally engaged in the race, and as soon as the race started getting hard (30 or so miles) I just decided to call it a day and walked back to the start. Since then, I really haven't run much more than 30 miles a week. I did run a 5 mile trail race yesterday, and that felt alright. I finished 3rd in just over 30 minutes. I'm hoping to get back into a regular training routine September 1st. My plan at this point is to run the North Face championship in early December. I'm going to try to be a bit more regular with updates on my blog as well.


Rod Bien said...

man, that's as natural as it gets. that was a huge let down. i think the important thing is to really enjoy your time off from hard running and not to think you NEED to be doing it. that way you will feel really refreshed when you start up again. have an extra beer and relax until september.
Rod B.

Michael said...

Glad to hear you're getting back into it soon. Taking a break will mean you'll go into your new training cycle with a fresh body.

I've had an interesting couple of weekends running...first, I ran into bears on Cougar, and then the next week I got lost for 7 hours in Cle Elum in 103 degree weather, with only two 20oz bottles.

Anyways, hope to see you out at Cougar this weekend.

King Arthur said...

Thanks for marking the CCC course. I was a great day.

Kevin said...

alrighty then! good to see you back. baby steps man, baby steps is what it takes.
I hope to see you out at kendalls catwalk on sept 6th leading the group up the hill. I'll get you more info when I can, but at this point, its 8am at the trail head

see you then with an ipod full of vedder!

T Z said...

Brian, come join us at the Arkansas Traveller this October. It's a relatively easy 100 and is what "replaced" WS100 this year as the last leg of the Grand Slam. I am sure you'd be a favorite to win it. Plus, I'd be honored to meet you.


Steve S said...

After an injury break of three years from running I was thrilled to be back out on the trails and roads. I hope your short mental break brings back the pure joy of being able to run. You are an inspriation to many runners, be that to yourself as well.

Cheers and peace

Jove said...

Hey Brian, its Jove. I tried to run into you before I left town but didn't have any luck. Anyways, I'm down in New Orleans, the land without any mountains, but I periodically check back in on your blog to make myself sad about not having a mountain available on Sunday mornings. Anyways, hope you're still enjoying the outdoors up there and running a bit. Hopefully I'll run into you one of these days. Boa sorte com o Portuguese.

James said...

hey brian

you should come visit