A Brief Break from Running

It’s no secret my blood sugars have been very low this week.  (Not just typical low but low enough I have not felt compelled to run).

I’m not injured (but thank you for everyone that asked).  I just made the executive decision not to run outdoors because if my blood sugar gets to low, do I really want to end up on the side of the road?  No, no I don’t.  Plus, we must remember our running fitness is a collection of workouts, not an individual run (good or bad). 

That being said, I’ve been doing some easy cross training and have been fine.  When my blood sugars get low like they were, I know I just need to take it easy…stay away from certain foods that spike and lower my blood sugar at high rates and make it through.  Also, this is not listening to my body…this is called not being stupid.

I have preferred to stay in one spot for my workouts (ie: the gym) so that if I start feeling sick or weak, I can easily stop with plenty of people around.  (Which knock on wood hasn’t).  It’s always better safe then sorry in this case…could I run through, have some okay runs and come out the other side with a normal blood content…I could but it only takes one time (one stupid mistake) to pass out on the side of the road and get hit by a car.  (was that morbid?)

Segwaying into my winter training post.  I don’t know what I’m going to do.  I really haven’t decided if I want to train through a winter in Oswego, NY (if you google it, you will see it is one of the top 10 snowiest cities in the country).  Running in 0-20 degree weather (without the wind-chill), plus a couple feet of snow doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest.

But then again, neither does running 80 miles on a treadmill weekly. As desperate as I am to redeem myself from my cyst injury, I’m not sure now is the time and I’m 100% fine with that.  Tentively, my plan is to run an hour on the treadmill daily (will there be days I don’t?  Sure.  Will there be days it’s nice enough to go outside?  Sure.) and take it from there.

I am running the Shamrock half marathon (VA Beach) March 17th

I am running the Nike Woman’s half (DC) April 28th

Past that I don’t quite know.  I’m very very very tempted to run the Pittsburgh half (May 3rd?). 

But really, everything is always tentative because who knows about injuries…ect.  I’ll probably probe around looking for 5ks, ect in the North to keep me busy on weekends but I’m not going to go into serious 90 mile training (I doubt) until March again.

Questions for you:

1.       What are you doing with winter workouts?

2.       Do you like the winter? Snow?  Negative temperatures? 

If I didn’t run outdoors (and enjoyed skiing), I might enjoy the North.  Actually scratch that, nothing about being cold appeals to me.