Monday, January 25, 2010

Boston - Day 1

Today's the big day to kick off training for the 114th Boston Marathon so what's on tap? Nothing. Well, actually, I am already revising the schedule and pushing back the weeks runs by one day so therefore nothing today in the form of running.

Let's go back a couple of days. I had a pretty good tempo run Thursday morning and then a second run that evening that didn't feel so good. The inside of my right shin was hurting while I ran and in my head all I could think was "WTF"?

I had planned on running 6 easy on Friday, but due to time constraints and the shin still bothering me I held off and just did my strength training session. I would see how if felt on Saturday. Still sore to the touch so now I was getting really concerned and pissed all at the same time. Don't tell me I've already injured myself. I've booked everything for Boston. House rented, airline tickets for 6 paid for and Red Sox tickets on the way. Now this?

Saturday morning at 5:00 it was cold, wet and windy so my trianing partner and I blew off our long run. I rationalized that this would give me one more day to see how it feels, but I still got on the treadmill and cranked out 8.11 miles in 1:11:00, a pedestrian like 8:45 pace. And hey, what do you know, the shin didn't feel too bad. But still, it was in my head and I couldn't help but be a bit discouraged. WTH could it be?

Mid-day Saturday the friggin' light goes off in my head and I remember hitting my leg on a drawer in my closet Thursday morning after my first run. Was that it? I couldn't remember specifically what I hit in my haste, but I remember it hurt for a bit. I went into the closet and pulled the drawer out to see if it matched up with the painful spot on the shin and it kinda sorta did so I'm guessing that's it. That must be it!

So with a bit of a load off of my mind, I got on the treadmill Sunday in front of the Colts/Jets game and hammered out 20.4 miles with the simulation of the Boston course from miles .7-24.1 with 3 flat miles in the middle pulled out. 7.5 mph for the every mile resulted in a 2:44:00 run. Leg felt fine the whole time and now I am convinced it was the drawer.

Nothing exciting about this post other than looks like I am startng the cycle fairly healthy. My plans are to be standing in Hopkinton 84 days from today in the absolute best shape of my life, a lean 155- 158lbs and much better endurance than what I had in Tucson. Of course getting to that point is much easier said than done I have found, especially the staying healthy part.

So all of that to get me back to the beginning, I'm resting the legs today on day one and will only do a Core Performance strength workout at noon. Let's hope there are no further adjustments to the schedule this week.

Take care!


Stevi N. Honaker said...

I was really hoping you were going to remember hitting your leg on something and that was the issue. Glad that was the case and no more shin pain.

Your setting the bar pretty dang high, but it will be fun watching you jump it.

Puerto Rican Kenyan said...

Sub 2:50, here you come!!!