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It is what it is

Sunday, April 07, 2013

After Thursday's intervals, the sore leg regressed. It wasn't a major regression, but it didn't feel as good on Friday as it did on Wednesday. Saturday was better than Friday, but the better part of valor was not to do more intervals; so Saturday was a walking day.

After getting almost 9 hours of sleep Saturday night, the sore leg felt better today than it has since it forced me to stop running. So, there were Sunday intervals. As planned, I did 1.5 minutes running, 2 minutes walking, repeat until done. I got beautiful weather for the effort, 72° F (22°C) with hazy sunshine and enough wind that it didn't feel excessively warm. I worked up a sweat, but more because of the temperature than because I was working really hard.

I could still feel the sore leg. By 18 minutes, it was clear that making this a "long run" wouldn't be a good idea. I ended up letting Mr. Testosterone talk me into 42 minutes, so I'd have 12 complete cycles of run 1.5, walk 2. That turned out to be 4.33 miles, for an average pace of 9:42 per mile. By that time, it was very clear that pushing to 10K would be a Bad Idea.

In terms of rehabbing the leg, this is reasonable progress. In terms of training for a half marathon on April 28, this doesn't cut it. I won't be fit to go 13.1 miles in 3 weeks, even if I walk 10 miles of that. I might not be fit to go 13.1 miles, walking all the way. More to the point, the chances of my behaving conservatively enough if I'm actually in a race aren't good.

So . . . I'm 95% certain I'll trade down to the 5K at packet pickup. Mr. Testosterone may talk me into being more aggressive than I should be during the race, but a 5K distance limits the magnitude of that kind of mistake I can make.

It's a bit of a bummer, but it is what it is. At least I'll get a tech shirt to add to my wardrobe.

After this, what's the next race? If my employer fields a team, I'll participate in the Chase Corporate Challenge in late May. So far, I've got an email from Chase indicating registration is open, but nothing internally indicating that a team will be organized. If no one steps up to be team captain for my employer, I'll let a multi-year streak of participation in the Corporate Challenge come to a quiet end.

After that, I'll be waiting to be healthy enough to run before signing up for another race. I hope to be able to run 10K again by Thanksgiving Day; but first, I'll see if I can get back to just running by summer. After I get back to just running, I'll see if I can manage to just run and stay healthy.

It is what it is, and life is good anyway.
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    oh yes. do talk to MrT and explain that if he trades down to the 5K you promise to enter him into the next half marathon. or offer him some other inducement. MrT sounds exactly like my Right Brain Wild Child.
    1746 days ago
    Not an easy decision to make, but it sounds like that's the smartest thing to do. Hope your body gets the hint and heals itself with the rest you're giving it!
    1748 days ago
    It is always wise to let your body tell you what is best. Take good care of that leg and let the marathons slip by, if that is what it will take to help that leg heal completely.
    1749 days ago
    Sounds like a wise decision to scale back to a 5K this time around. You do need your legs to walk on every day and risking injury with a long race isn't worth it. And there is definitely something about race mentality that makes one want to win... or at least achieve highly, leaving at least a few competitors in the dust. ;) So you make a good point when you say it's better to tear through a 5K than a half M on a risky leg, if you have to do one or the other. Glad to hear you're getting the nice weather now! Great job on the workout.
    1750 days ago
    Sounds like the right decision.
    1750 days ago
    Life's choices are sometimes tough, but it sounds like you are making a wise choice.
    1750 days ago
    To your health. Getting the balance and the motivation right, at the same time, is the trick, isn't it... oh, and the ability. Speaking as a person whose ankles and knees have been "talking" in the past week.
    1750 days ago
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