Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
For the first time in years I took a full week off from running. My knee was worse than I thought and kept me sidelined for the week. I tried running on Wednesday and made it about 1/4 of a mile. That was it. Fortunately I was in a recovery week, so my normal mileage would be low. I also had a busy week with the Field Trip and work. As the weekend approached the knee felt good but I was a little timid about running on it. Lloyd was hosting a Fat Ass 50K (informal group run with no aid or assistance) on the trails. This sounded like a good option to run on a soft surface and test the knee on the hills. I met Ed along with about 50 other people for this run today. Ed and I took off and led the group for about 12.5 miles. The knee was a little tight at first, but quickly warmed up and felt fine. This is great news. I ran strong and was able to charge up the hills and slog through the mud with no problems. I was a little rusty and clearly felt as if I haven't run in a week. I should be back to full strength by Tuesday. I will continue to take my Aleve and ice (yes Jo, ice) the knee for the next week.
Boston is two weeks away. I have an 8x800 workout on Tuesday and a long run on Wednesday. I am anxious for the marathon this time and have a hopefully smart plan on how to tackle Boston. Stay tuned...
Friday, April 4, 2008
I went with the 4th grade students from Fort Island yesterday to the Ohio Statehouse building. This is probably the last field trip that I will go on with Maddie as a child. The teenage years are closing in and clearly I will not be as welcomed to tag along. We had a lot of fun and everyone seemed to learn a little about the history of Ohio government, including me. After the Statehouse visit we hit COSI for the rest of the afternoon.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
One week before the National Half Marathon I was walking down some steps and twisted my knee. The following week was difficult as my running took a backseat. My goal was to PR at this half. I thought that the rest would help...but it didn't. I went out at my goal pace but quickly realized that my knee would not take it. Plan B was to back it down and run at marathon pace. Fortunately I met a guy before the race who was running the marathon at my goal pace. I hooked up with him for the final 6 miles after backing it down. I was also bummed a bit about the weather. It was a beautiful 70 degrees in DC the day before as I came into town. The cold followed me and starting time temps were around 33. At least it was sunny.
Overall I am disappointed, but I also know the knee can handle marathon pace. Maybe the real plan B is to cautiously try to PR at Boston then go for a half PR at Cleveland.