I haven't posted much about running lately because my runs have been indoors, on a treadmill. Nothing exciting, just trying to build a foundation for some training in the next couple of months. I figure about 6 weeks of steady base building -- running mid distances (5 miles or so) at a relatively easy pace, keeping heart rate below80% or so, will do wonders. The runs are tedious and kind of boring, but I always feel good when I am done.
One revelation though: I really don't like weight work. I understand why people don't run if they aren't good at it. That is the way I feel with weights. I can't lift that much. I tire quickly. It hurts and aches. I see no instant payoff. It feels awkward. And I just don't enjoy it. Always have felt this way.
But I also know weight training is one area in which I could stand to improve dramatically. Every time I start a training cycle, I resolve to lift more. And it never happens. But this time, I am not going to set any definitive weight goals, and just ease into it, and incorporate into my training. I have more time before NY 2010 (umm, about nine months), that I ought to be able to be at least OK with weights by then. But we'll see.