Saturday, October 09, 2010

Testing 1...2....3....4...

Well, here I am one week away from the Long Beach Marathon...

queen mary is at LB
This morning I felt pretty good, lung-wise as my Dr gave me some inhalers a few days ago when I told him I really needed to get rid of the last of my crud before 10/17. [ I really like my HMO, it's close by and I can always get into see a Dr for small things on the same day..]

So, what with Saturday dawning with gorgeous blue skies and 60F temps  I just had to test the waters....I went for a 4.75 mile slow recovery pace run...didn't even wear the Garmin. I did a lot of slow *careful* stretching beforehand.

My calf tear was "there", i.e. I could feel it, but it was better than last week. The proof of the pudding will be tomorrow.....how it feels then. If good, i'll do another longer run.

UPDATE: (next day), leg felt good after 3.75 miles..no soreness...just a bit tight so more easy stretches and easy pace...looking good.

But the results are good so far...perhaps may be good to go at LB, at least if we run a nice easy race?

I actually don't mind that, as one current goal is to complete the "California Dreamin' Racing Series", and so being able to make the race at all is goal #1. 
 

And, I have to say, it's not such a bad idea to not be pushing for a PR for once. Instead, just enjoying the sites and crowds and having fun. I plan to take my camera and get some shots, and perhaps even one of Arthur when he finishes.

The extended weather forecast looks great: sunny and mid-50's at the start time and a high of 69 for the day.....but I'll probably be done at about 11:30 when the temps are still below 65, which is fine.



3 comments:

  1. Glad to know you are fully recovered, Paul! I think the weather will be perfect for running.
    Will run my last 11-13 miles tomorrow. I will be wearing a T-shirt with my name on it.

    Good luck to us and to all the participants of this great event.

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  2. Thanks Arthur, good luck to you too on your first full marathon! You have a huge amount of training and plenty of racing experience so I'm sure you'll do well!

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  3. Maybe you could take a few days of ultrasound for your calf. I know it really helped when I had tendonitus earlier this year.

    Good luck!

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