Marathon Training Day 722: I Turn Forty Next Year

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by the Oatmeal My marathon training has become completely derailed this year. Not all of it is my fault. In fact, most of it is not my fault. Currently I am physically healthy. But after a really disappointing year of running, it is hard to mentally get back into it. For a marathon runner… I’m not sure I have run over 60 miles this entire year.

I’ve had a knee injury, and I was sick and completely missed the 2014 Eugene Marathon. If I was 20 it would be much easier to rebound. But I’m not twenty anymore, and I am constantly reminded that my body hates me. But… when I am in shape, I enjoy running.

In response to that fact that my body and mind are not working in perfect running harmony, I made a decision this weekend to eat better. I was already eating well. My wife and I eat organic as often as we can afford it… and check ingredients on labels to limit our intake of high fructose corn syrup (and other hard to pronounce ingredients that should not be in my stomach). Well… I enjoy drinking Sprite. But I have now deleted Sprite, and all other soda drinks from my diet. In addition, I am switching from Quik chocolate milk to homemade chocolate milk (or just plain white milk).

These changes are partly because I want refocus on running, which requires my body to be healthy. In addition, my right pinky finger has been mildly sore ever sense my trip to Kings Island. This mild arthritis, irritated by a fun day at an amusement park, reminded me that I am turning forty next year. So eating even better than I have been is becoming more of a priority.

I am not interested in becoming a vegetarian. I have been a vegetarian a few times, and may become one again. But currently I just want to cut the questionable ingredients from my diet intake. In general, I am not going to let pain in my pinky… or other parts of my aging body… deter me from doing the things I want to do.

The 2015 Eugene Marathon is less than 12 months away. Now that I am fully recovered from the knee injury, the stomach bug, and the sinus infection … I plan to be back in the gym and running this week. Exercise helps me burn off stress, helps me think through my dissertation and fiction novel, and of course keeps me healthy.

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