Sunday, July 12, 2009

12 Weeks To Marathon

Monday, July 6th 2009: 30 minutes on exercise bike.

Tuesday, July 7th 2009: Around 5.5 miles at track. I went to the speed workout Tuesday with Elizabeth and "track guru" Dennis. Dennis does wierd things. He has strange exercises and methods. But the fact is that he is an older guy and can still run long and fast so I figure he must be doing something right.

I timed a few of my 800's which were 3:35, 3:32, 3:38, and 3:44. I was pretty happy with those times. I want to work up to between eight and ten of the 800's (two laps around track) before the marathon.

Wednesday, July 8th 2009: 2.7 miles in 24 minutes. I went a little later in the morning and didn't feel so hot. I think the heat zapped me and my body still didn't feel totally recovered from the 18 miler last week. Ugh.

Thursday, July 9th 2009: 9+ miles hiking at Pioneer Trek. Mel and I helped coordinate a pioneer trek for our ward youth which was a great experience. The first day we hiked around 8 miles as a group. My feet were a little achy but nothing too bad. Our base camp was around 1/2 mile away from the rest of the group so I did that walk back and forth many times over the three days.

Friday, July 10th 2009: 5 miles at Pioneer Trek. Not quite as far on the second day of the trek but the hills still got my blood pumping.

Saturday, July 11th 2009: 4 miles at Pioneer Trek. By the third day my body was feeling weak and run down and my walking got sloppy. I was walking down a really steep hill and not paying close enough attention and rolled my right ankle.

I think it's just a moderate sprain, definitely not extreme. I've had much worse sprains. It just feels sore and weak and tight and I think if I run on it over the next few days I'm sure it will make things worse. I plan to ice it a lot today and ride the exercise bike on Monday to give it a few days rest.

1 week to Bryce Canyon Half Marathon!

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

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