I miss marathons/running totals
Almost 2 years later, I am still not completely healed. The slight pain has stayed with me even after months of physical therapy. It just won't shake no matter how much stretching I do. I have a feeling that my hamstring will never be the same. The good news is that it's a lot better than it once was. I'm not in excruciating pain while running. It's just ever so slight and bothersome. It can get worse as time goes on. I will see if it gives me major problems on longer runs. I'll just have to focus on other things. It's going to be a game of tricking my mind. If I don't focus on it, maybe I won't notice the pain. I've done that before with success.
My plan is to run the Surf City Marathon on February 7, 2010 in Huntington Beach. I believe this is a realistic goal. At that race I will hopefully re-qualify for the Boston Marathon that takes place on April 19, 2010. After that, I plan to retire from marathon running once and for all. My body just doesn't seem cut out for it. I may still do half marathons. Speaking of the half, I was planning to do the Silver Strand Half Marathon, but it is sold out. I want to do some kind of race before Surf City as a warm up. I will have to search for another half sometimes in December.
Below is what I did for the past month or so. I haven't run a ton, clearly, but I am slowly getting back into it. This past week was a successful running week even while I traveled to Toronto and Indianapolis.
|Date||Time||Mileage||Min/ Mile||Notes||HR Max||HR Ave |
|Sept 16, 2009||14:13||2.12||6:41||I ran on the treadmill at the gym. Didn't have a lot of time. I also did ellipitcal. ||---||---|
|Sept 19, 2009||54:05||7.59||7:07||I ran up to Corona Del Mar from Balboa Island. It was sunny and not too hot, but it made me run slower. My HR was way up, too high. ||181 (97%)||162|
|week ending Sept 20, 2009||---||9.71||---||What a pathetic week. I just didn't have a lot of time to run due to traveling to DC for a conference. The time change really affected me. ||---||---|
|Sept 22, 2009||21:16||3.03||7:00||I am in Chicago so I ran on the treadmill in the gym. I didn't have much time. ||163|
|Sept 25, 2009||33:32||4.54||7:23||I ran slow and my legs felt like bricks. Not a good run. I didn't try to push myself simply b/c I had no energy. ||160|
|Sept 26, 2009||41:02||5.65||7:15|
I ran along Back Bay. It was ok, but I struggled and didn't feel fresh. I wanted to see how running on consecutive days would work out.
|week ending Sept 27, 2009||---|
|---||I'm actually embarrassed that my weekly totals are so low. I just need to step it up. My body is not cooperating. ||165|
|Sept 28, 2009||45:47||6.55|
|Back Bay. I felt good the first half but struggled the second. I know the HR monitor was off as it was not functioning for most of the run. ||171|
|Sept 30, 2009||30:21||4.39|
|One last run off Balboa Island before I move. ||169|
|Oct 1, 2009||30:13||4.36||6:54||I did this run on the treadmill at the gym. ||166|
|Oct 2, 2009||27:20||3.87|
|I squeezed this run in since I have to leave for Toronto in the early morning tomorrow. I started this run at 8:30pm! I was not in the mood but wanted to run around my new neighbourhood. ||167|
|Oct 4, 2009||28:54||4.33||6:39||I ran on the treadmill at the gym here in Toronto. It was raining outside so didn't want to get soaked. It is cold here, only in the lower 50s! Yikes! ||174|
|week ending Oct 4, 2009|
|23.5||---||I'm a lot happier with my tally this week. I just tried to run more even if it was only a few miles. It's better than nothing. I need to get a double-digit run in next week. That's my goal.||169|
|Oct 5, 2009||43:40||6.33||6:53||I ran in Toronto along Lake Ontario. It was chilly, in the low 50s. On the way up I was running directly into a headwind. I was so tired and it took a lot out of me. On the way back I must have run a lot faster. I thought for sure my average was going to be slow. ||162|
|Oct 6, 2009||27:53||4.06||6:51||I ran on the treadmill at the gym here in Indianapolis. I struggled||166|
|Oct 8, 2009||28:17||4.15||6:48||I ran on the treadmill at the gym here in Indianapolis. I ran faster than I thought I would. ||164|
|Oct 10, 2009||29:47||4.18||7:06||Finally back in OC. I went from my place down Superior Ave onto the Balboa Peninsula and then back up the hill on Superior Ave. I wanted to run longer but it was too late and dark. I forgot my reflective vest. ||167|
|Oct 11, 2009||1:14:53|
|7:05||I was so happy that I was able to run over an hour and at least 10 miles. I haven't run this long in over 6 months or so. I felt ok throughout. I ran down Superior onto Balboa peninsula and then ran from the Newport Pier all the way down past the Balboa Pier and reversed direction. It was nice to run along the boardwalk next to the beach. It was sunny but not too hot (around 70) with nice breezes. I struggled at the end since you have to run up Superior, which is like almost a 0.5 mile hill. My calf did not give me issues and my hamstring felt ok for the most part. I stretched a lot before and after. ||171|
|week ending Oct 11, 2009||---||29.29||---||Not bad, considering I was traveling this week. I just barely missed 30 miles. Actually I did make 30 but didn't document a 1 mile run I did on the treadmill one night I decided to just do elliptical. Let's see if I can sustain this momentum. ||166|