In recent years, I do not know why I've felt compelled to run a bunch of longer-distance runs in January. It's not smart, training-wise. I train for a marathon in October, goof off but make it through the RNR HM in November, then chow and short-run my way through December. But, then, I pile it on in January. Because I may be slightly insane.
I have self-diagnosed a bunch of impairments in the DSM - I'm pretty sure I have most of them. But, I'm not sure that "not missing out on anything" is a diagnostic criterion for any of those illnesses. Perhaps under personality disorders or some sort of mania? I have been told I (and been accused of) compulsively running; but really, my racing is part of not wanting to be left out of anything fun. I am really agitated when I missed out on something I could have experienced - and always will participate, even at the expense of sleep. Like I said, not a precise symptom, but I'm pretty sure I can lobby for "Sally disorder," coded as 301.!! - don'twannamissoutonanything disorder in the new DSM.
So, now that we've diagnosed me with a pretend disorder, let me offer the proof of my symptoms (since this is what I do at work - OMG - intrusive thoughts about work = obsessive disorder!). It's really hard to do my job when I am a wicked hypochondriac.
January's plan is 65 miles of racing, with not much training. Yep. If you can call what I do racing. But, there was the Cobweb 5K, the Ragnar 197 mile relay (about 20 miles for me in Florida), rest/OT one weekend, and this past weekend - the Big Bend 25k trail run. It's a dang long drive - but this is one beautiful race (except for me)...
Yeah, rough but beautiful. So, after a 7 hour drive home without cruise control, I eeked out a short walk and run this week. And I plan to run a hilly HM on Saturday and another HM on Sunday.
I'm pretty sure there is no pill for this disorder - and, if there were, I don't take pills - but I'm pretty sure you should c'mon and join me in my mania. Until I nap, because that WILL be happening this weekend - and maybe for the next month.
side/non-running note - CONGRATULATIONS to Gerry & Jona - I was honored to attend the beautiful Terlingua wedding
Thanks to Rose for the extra pic! Next up: Endurathon HM, Herothon HM, SLEEP