Marathon day cometh.
Once the countdown goes below 3 months, that’s when you start taking things seriously. Gone are the days of less than 2 hour-long runs on Saturday mornings. And God willing, no more injuries. For the past 2 weeks, a new pain haunted me which caused me to walk funny and just killed my running. I messed up something in my right Achilles during a 10k race. The short story: it took 2+ weeks for it to somewhat go away. The long and interesting story…
Mind over matter:
Whether walking or running, I felt a sharp pain whenever my knee passed my toes. It’s a necessary movement, trust me. To avoid pain and rolling the heel, only the upper half of my foot could contact the floor. Now imagine someone walking like that; one leg while the other is normal. Although I applied ice everyday and took twice as many rest days, I made an effort to run the Saturday morning long runs. I can still recall that awful Thursday when I ran for 2 blocks and then had to stop because it was too painful to continue. 2 blocks! You have to listen to your body though. How was I supposed to run 14 miles two days later at the NYC marathon training run?
Two days later at CP (Central Park), I’m prepared for the worst and have minimal expectations. Instead of running with the 8:30 pacers, I chose to start with the 9:00 pacers. One mile after we start, I’m already feeling sharp pains and had to slow down. Then around 100 runners ran passed me, 200… I’m feeling like the king of losers. I want to head back and go home. No! I’m not letting this get to me, there has to be a way. Throughout the second mile, I somehow adapted to running with this thing. 2/3 left 1/3 right, hardly any pain. I’d rather run a painless 10:00 pace with a slight limp than not run at all. My good leg has to work twice as hard though. You’d be surprised how fast the miles go when you are totally concentrated on something else. My focus was totally on applying minimal impact on the right leg. I didn’t think I’d last for more than a 10k but I somehow ran over 15 miles. It turns out that jogging is way easier than running.
This was perhaps my worst 2 weeks ever. Bear witness to the power of an injury. I hope none who read this have to go through the infamous Achilles malfunction. Good thing it’s early in the marathon training season.
|July 24 Wednesday||2.3||10:45||That Achilles injury from two days ago killed me|
|July 25 Thursday||0.14||13:13||I can’t run. Its over.|
|July 27 Saturday||15.33||9:46||With a strong resolve, anything is possible|
|July 30 Tuesday||2.46||10:06||It still hurts. 3 more rest days for me then.|
|Aug 3 Saturday||11.5||9:54||Still not 100%, but long runs are enjoyable when paced slowly|
|Aug 5 Monday||4.02||8:56||Almost 100% healed!|
Speed Jams (tunes to run that 8 min/mile pace):
I had my ‘Digitally Imported’ App streaming various electronic music , mostly mixes though. Internet radio is good when you get tired of your own playlist.
Eid Mubarak, Ramadan is over. How strange, I’m not sure if I lost any weight after fasting (starving) for a month. Am I all muscle? Anyway, lunch and sleep is much appreciated now. Do you know how much money you can save when skipping lunch everyday?
This month has final seasons for two awesome shows: Breaking Bad and Dexter. If you haven’t watched them then you are missing out. Jon highly recommends.