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A very successful first long run

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

this is my first long run/walk of any kind since my injury and the first few attempts at running have been very dissappointing. I had purhased what I thought were top of the line shoes (will not reveal brand) and little did I know that they would contribute so much to my running disaster and aggravate my injury. In short, a 4.5 mile run last week inflamed my IT band like never before, even after the marathon and my ankle felt like it was on the verge of snapping with the sharp pains I was having.

Needless to say, it has been a tough battle fighting Plantar Faciitis and the weakness in my ankle as a result of always favoring that foot. A 2 mile walk with my wife last night further compounded the fear that I was in big trouble. at mile 2, my feet were getting weaker and pain started to set in.

I made a commitment that I was going to go for a run this morning but as an experiment, I was going to switch to my old shoes but with the new inserts inside them and NOT use the newer shoes.

Long story short, after liberally applying walk breaks and making the run at a nice easy pace, i finished 13.6 miles in 3:55. My typical HM time is around 3:17 but i stopped to stretch multiple times and as I said, walked alot.

the big victory here is three-fold....

First- I proved conclusively that shoes and shoe design are CRITICAL for performance and injury prevention. I am sold on that. I will do even better when I get my custom orthotic running shoes.

Second - This is the first double digit distance ever without any type of sports drink or gel. I have been studying the training methods of endurance athletes and they largely train their bodies to use fat for fuel as opposed to carbs, then carbs are more effective race day. almost 14 miles no fuel, only water (and no music). Heck, that was almost awesome! The time will come as I train and get my foot back up to speed and strength. To pull of that mileage without overly straining anything and no fuel is progress in my book.

Third - I needed a win like this. Mentally I was in no-mans land. I had no idea what was going on with my foot and what my limits were. With this summer being a hard core training time to get to goal weight by winter, set backs are crushing. Mentally, I am totally in the game and am happy with how things turned out. My upcoming half marathon in Green Bay is strictly one to finish, no PR's or anything like that, I just want to finish safe and strong with a big smile for the photographer....

Marquette Half Marathon in September is the one where i am going to go for sub- 3 hr time.

I feel good about this..
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