It is a weird feeling coming off 2 months of sloth that were preceded by 9 months of exercise and diet. Last year about this time, I read a motivational article that said the three most dangerous words for an older athlete are "I used to..." And I understood. It is difficult to compare then and now. We only live in the now. The conclusion of the the article was not to say "I used to" but to say "I can..." To focus on the positive, and embrace what we are able to do now rather than in past times.
That thought occurred to me last night at the gym. It was not a terribly good workout, and I am sure that my heart rate data will depress me when I compare it to last fall. But, I was able to run 5 miles relatively easily at a relatively decent pace. And that was coming off a brief illness over the weekend and the aforementioned holiday sloth.
So rather than say "Wow, I used to be able to soooo much better than that" I actually felt good by saying to myself "I can run five miles at an 8:00 minute pace." And I am 42, with two young kids and a demanding job. Life, all in all can be pretty good if we look at what we can do and appreciate it.
Marathon 2010 training has begun. I enter this campaign coming off a year of running (sans two months of sloth). 30 pounds lighter, and I have begun training 6 weeks earlier. Yes, I need to drop some weight to get back to my fighting weight from last fall. And run to get back in shape and feel "tight."
But, I know I can do it.