Friday, April 24, 2009


Well, Penn didn't go quite as planned. I've been having hamstring trouble the last week or so, but it was only when I went much faster than 66/400. Although it was bugging me quite a bit during my workout on Monday, I thought a little Franklin Field magic would get me through 5000 meters without any issues.

Clearly, I was wrong. After about 800, it started cramping up pretty bad. By 2600 I couldn't keep going, and had to drop out. It reminds me of a poster I saw once: "Failure: When Your Best Just Isn't Good Enough." I had hoped my hamstring would be 100%. I didn't mention it to my coach or my teammates and I tried to think about it as little as possible.

I'm pretty frustrated, of course- not just with this race but the season in general. My body seems to have aged years in the last month or so; all of the sudden I'm fragile and injury prone and I recover like a 50 year old man with no flexibility. My body is probably trying to tell me to take a little rest. Still, if at all possible, I'm going to try to get through the rest of the season. There isn't that much of the season left and I'm close to qualifying for Nationals in the 1500. If I can pop a good one at All-Division New Englands or ECACs, I'll be all set.

Well, I don't want to turn this into me having a whiney pity party for myself. It happened, it sucks, and I'm not happy about it at all. Let's just leave it at that for now.


  1. It always pays to get along with life and running quickly after a bad race. While training hard, take the time to look around and enjoy running. I don't want to spend a wholelotta time giving you advise, you're an experienced runner and know what to do. But I'll say thanks for writting. Every time I finish reading your posts I get excited and encourage myself to go for a run. Take a step back and be true to yourself. When little things start to hurt, tell your coach, or trainer, or anyone. Anyways just know you're never alone, even peeps one teh internets are there for you ;]
    ps I'm an english major too w/an emphasis in writing. I ramble too in case you haven't noticed. But its good cause rambling allows us to go further in depth into whats happening with you.

  2. Thanks for the kind words. It doesn't matter what your experience with running is, you gave out some very solid advice. I have a very hard time admitting when something is wrong with me, which is something I need to work on. I've attempted to run through way too many things that ended up blowing up in my face. At this point, I just want to get through the rest of this season without any (further) major mishaps and then take a nice long break.

    Again, though, thank you.

  3. it is inappropriate to offer training advice but eat well, sleep well and this summer consider adding lifting weights to your training. i believe you have a VERY bright future. the present frustrations will likely sort themselves out soon.

  4. Thanks Walt- if you don't mind, though, do I know you? Your profile thing says "new hampshire" but there's no contact info for me to send you an email or anything

  5. mail at runmoremiles dot com

  6. You don't have to worry about the 5k Craig, just forget about it. Your going to put down a sick time in the 1500 I know it... the 3:53 is only the tip of the iceberg. You can go 3:50 or better I know it!