Once you go Jack, you never go back

Happy Friday Readers,

Now if I were writing this blog  in my 20’s and early 30’s, the content in this post would include information about all the wild and crazy social activities that occurred while consuming a well-known Tennessee whiskey with a splash of Diet Coke served over ice.  Jack &  Diet Coke was my go to late night beverage after the happy hour specials ended.  Probably because after the 4 for 1 drink deals, I needed a little pick me up to keep up my endurance until 2am.  And yes, back in the day, it was not uncommon to see happy hour offerings of 4 for 1.  It is my understanding that there is some kind of law now that restricts bars from offering those kind of drink deals.

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When I think back, I am not sure how I ever functioned with all the mixing of various beverages I used to consume.  Not to mention that on many of these Saturdays,  I would get up  bright and early and find myself at the starting line of some local race ready and willing to run.  My sister-in-law can can confirm these not so bright activities and was always astonished that I never blew any of these races off or the contents of my belly up due to my over indulgence the night before.  Oh, how things have changed!  Not that there is anything wrong with my old behavior; after all I was young and definitely stupid.  It’s much more enjoyable for me to run without remnants of toxins in my body.

This blog is supposed to be about healthy living, so I’ll get on with the show. The other Jack. Jack Daniels’ Running Formula book is my bible when it comes to training for a 15k to the marathon distance.

There is something about Jack Daniels’ method of VDOT madness that clicks with my training style and is relatively easy to follow. That is of course if you follow the pacing guidelines prescribed precisely for you at your current ability level.

My goal in the next few days is to reread this book and figure out a training plan that will work for me during my recovery from recent injury phase.  As of today, I am only signed up for two events this summer, The Utica Boilermaker 15k in July and Irongirl sprint triathlon early August.  I’m really nervous about being ready for either of these races because of the recent training setback I just went through.  My goal for both events is obviously to finish with a smile on my face, but;  more importantly is to finish with a healthy body.

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I’m going to trust the other Jack to help me control my urge to run faster and longer than I know I should be going so early in the recovery phase.  I even caught myself today pushing the pace and training distance because I felt good. It’s so easy for me to throw caution to the wind  when it comes to running when I start to feel my stride come back.

I am happy to say that the first Jack has hit the road and is never coming back but Jack number 2 will help be get my running back where it supposed to be.

Have a wonderful weekend with or without Jack!

Any other suggestions or methods you have regarding easing back into the running routine without having another setback would be appreciated. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.