Friday, December 18, 2009

Visions of treadmills dance in my head

Oh running, I barely knew ye. Today's blog comes to you live from my living room couch where I sit, a bag of frozen corn on my right foot. I have just returned from the gym and my heart is broken. I am still "resting" my injury and the delay in my training is starting to make me antsy...and frankly, a little crabby.
All through my workout (low-impact cardio on the elliptical), I could see a fellow gym-goer jogging on a treadmill out of the corner of my eye. At one point, I even shook my head sadly as I watched her up her speed and start to run. (Sigh) It's only been a week and already I feel a void.
As I walked in the door, my husband greeted me with his usual, "How was your workout?" I could only stick out my bottom lip and scowl. His suggestion was that I simply stop working out for a week...not exactly what I wanted to hear. So, I knew the only answer was to turn to my laptop in hope of advice from you.
Perhaps it was fate that today's Runner's World Quote of the Day is: A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. -Winston Churchill
Help me find the optimist again!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Kid on the Blog

Welcome to the "Sidelines to Start Line" blog!
My name is Jody and I am the Director of Operations for the Madison Marathon in Madison, Wisconsin. After planning this event for four years and watching so many cross the finish line, I decided it was time to get out there myself. I started running about two months ago at the prodding of my friend Kari who insisted seven weeks was enough time to train for a 10K. I started to believe her after about six and a half weeks.
I finished my first race ever last weekend - the Jingle Bell Run in Madison. It was tough. Snow-covered roads and 25-degree weather wore my legs out a lot faster than I'd anticipated, but I crossed the line at 1 hour, 10 minutes. I was elated, but quickly set my sights on something bigger: a half marathon. Am I crazy? I think so, but if I've learned anything from working with distance runners, it's that running 13.1 (or 26.2) miles takes a little crazy. At the moment, I'm temporarily sidelined with an over-use injury, but the doc says I'll be back at it in a week or so.
In this blog, I hope to connect with my Madison Marathon runners as I attempt to straddle the line between planner and participant. I also hope to connect with the running community as a whole. I know you're a tight-knit group and I hope to glom some of your wisdom as I work my way toward 13.1.