December 25, 2007
The last week has been so action-packed that I haven't had time to post and now I don't know where to start. Somewhere.
Last week I didn't run at all, per (new) coach's orders, until Saturday. This was a lot easier than I thought it would be, partly because some major oral surgery Tuesday (and subsequent pain drugs) knocked me back for a couple of days; I just wasn't into bouncing around yet. Each day I walked 2-4 miles, and my lower legs started working again, and I realized this was the longest (uninjured) time I'd taken off since I started running in 2002.
So Saturday morning I set out for my Big Twenty Minutes of running. It felt good - not great - but I sneaked a peek at the watch and realized I was going slower than 9min pace, and I had to remind myself that it didn't matter and we were not going to think about it anymore today, no. Towards the end of this exercise I realized that my left calf was still a little sore from the marathon, crap, how could this happen after five days off? But the soreness faded after a couple of hours, and the next day I ran another Big Twenty Minutes, a little faster and feeling a little better.
Yesterday was Big Thirty Minutes and today was Big Forty, merry xmas. Yesterday I had neither aches nor pains; today I had a new one, in the arch of one foot. My hope is that if I'm patient enough, all the residual marathon crap will work itself to the surface, like a splinter. New Coach said to add 10min/day until I hit an hour, and we'll start working from a schedule next week. I can't wait. I've been reading the blog of another runner this guy coaches, and I think I can kind of see a progression (attitude and execution) that I hope will happen for me too.
I've thought about the next marathon a lot, and I'm 97% sure it will be Bayshore and not Boston this time. I thought it would be really neat to watch the women's Trials race, but there's not enough time for me to train for a good marathon there, and I don't like that race (or the course) anyway. And the trip would be so damned expensive. Anyway, Bayshore has a lot going for it so I'll probably register as soon as I'm back running more than Big Sixty again.
Posted by joe positive at December 25, 2007 3:19 PM
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