Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Negative Split Recovery Run

Well I wasn't able to have a negative split on Sunday's marathon run, but this morning during our recovery run, one that was very slow, or at least I thought it was we ended up with nice splits:

Total Distance: 4.27 miles
Total Time: 1:00:00
Mile 1: 14:12
Mile 2: 14:15
Mile 3: 13:58
Mile 4: 13:32
.27 miles: 4:08 (this was part of our cool down)

I feel mostly good, I've got one toe (second toe right foot) that is beat up pretty good, and the back outerside of my right knee has a small amount of pain. I am glad to report tho that my left knee (kneecap) seems to be over the pain that I had been experiencing with it since last December, so maybe the layoff time was good in that respect.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Edmond Running Club

We had our monthly meeting last night, the day after the Oklahoma City Marathon. It was a great meeting, everyone in attendance got to tell how they participated in the marathon, most everyone either ran or volunteered in some way. We also had officer elections last night for the new year and I was elected club Secretary. I hope I can continue forth with the same degree of effort that our previous Secretary had, he had been in the position for several years. I'm looking forward to the role and hopefully will be a part of taking the club to new levels during the year.

We had one club member qualify for Boston and I believe this is his 5th time to qualify. We had at least a couple of people place in their age group, one of which happened to be Rachel, who had just run Boston the previous Monday!!!

Update on my legs....everything seems to be recovering really well. The knee soreness is all but gone unless I sit too long. We start our runs again tomorrow morning and I'm really anxious to get back into a consistent level of training.

At the expo on Saturday Bonnie bought me a new magnet for our vehicle to go with the 26.2 that is already there...the new one says "Marathon Freak", I guess that fits. She also bought one for herself that says "Runner Girl". I'm really proud of her effort and that she was willing to participate in the marathon relay. She did the long leg of the relay, 12k. Our future son-in-law Scott did the last leg of her relay team, a 10k leg, and he really brought the group home. He did his 10k in 58 minutes I believe. I also think we may have a budding marathoner in him as he expressed an interest in going to Disney World in January with us to run that marathon for TeamAutism.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Oklahoma City Marathon....Done!!!!

Last year I ran the OKC Half Marathon, this year I graduated to the big league here and ran the OKC Marathon. Despite the dead of night (we did an early start at 4:30 a.m.), rain (between miles 2 and 11), and wind (oh that dreaded north wind all race long) I did finish. Not the fastest of my times, but not the slowest either (6:32:06). I was beat when I crossed the line and so glad to be done.

During the rain which pretty much happened almost all before daylight, the streets were really slick, almost to the point where you felt like you were skating.

I am so out of shape. I did do more training for this race then I did for Little Rock or Houston earlier this year, but it shows in my time and how I felt for much of the run. I'm getting back into the training mode with my local running partners though and look forward to the next bunch of weeks, training hard for Grandma's in June.

My hat goes off to one of my running partners, Rachel, who finished Boston last Monday in 5:42:00 and then ran ahead of me and finished yesterday in 5:50:00 like she was not even winded. I felt honored to run with her for the first 2 or 3 miles before I had to slow down. The kicker here is that she's 68!!! I have all the respect for her abilities and talent.

I'm sore today, my right knee is most sore but it is much better this morning than it was all day yesterday after I finished. I'm hoping that by the weekend I will be ready to get back into training full tilt again.