Monday, May 23rd 2011: My legs were CRAZY sore from the Ogden Marathon. I'm talking crazy. After a marathon, Monday is usually the most painful day and then the soreness starts easing up. Not sore like an injury. Sore like someone is slicing your muscles with a dull meat cleaver. I had those "Who in their right mind runs 26.2 miles?" thoughts.
Tuesday, May 24th 2011: Muscles started easing up and I didn't walk like Frankenstein quite as much.
Wednesday, May 25th 2011: I gave in and went to see the sports medicine doc about my knees. The good news: he didn't even remotely try to talk me out of running the Utah Valley Marathon in two weeks! It's weird - the pain is right on my knee caps. Kind of like if you fell and bruised your knees, although more sore when I run. He didn't think it was runner's knee or jumper's knee so I'll continue to keep an eye on things.
Thursday, May 26th 2011: 16.3 mile bike ride in 1 hour & 4 minutes (15.3 mph average). I rode with friends Shelly, Logan, Tom, and Darin. Even though I usually prefer running or riding by myself, I had fun on this ride.
Friday, May 27th 2011: 1 hour walk to loosen up the legs. I also did a fun 8 mile ride with Mel that night. Can I tell you why I get antsy when I'm not running as much? It bugs me because I know my body is capable of doing more. My miles certainly weren't fast, but I built up some pretty good endurance.
Back when I was younger (younger = 2 months ago) I ran 206 miles in a month. 206 miles! I'd go run a half marathon before work. I did a 34 mile training run. And I really loved the challenge. I'm looking forward to continued improvement so I can get back to that time when I felt so good.
Saturday, May 28th 2011: 3 miles in about 36 minutes. (I'm still in my anti-Garmin phase.) I told Mel I needed to find some dirt to run on, and convinced her to come on a section of the JEM trail with me.
I was wearing my Utah Valley Marathon shirt and my youngest daughter Kylee came up and started sounding out what the shirt said. Then she got to the part that said "Pain You Enjoy".
She got the most puzzled, confused look on her face. You'd have thought I told her my name was Celine Dion and I made really crappy music for my occupation. She said "Pain you enjoy? Like having a baby?" I said "Well, yea, I guess it's kind of like that." She was dumbfounded.
Even though it was in inferno outside we still had a blast on our run. The muscle soreness from the marathon last week is gone and this was one of the best runs I've had in a few months. And.....I'm happy to report that after about 10 tries, we finally got THIS!
"There are few experiences in life in which my physical and psychological abilities are as sharply defined as they are during marathon training and racing...The training and racing experiences have shown me sides of myself that I never knew existed. I've found perseverance, an ability to focus, stubbornness, compulsiveness, bravery, organization, a sense of humor, and a capacity for unbridled joy."
~ Gordon Bakoulis Bloch, How to Train for and Run Your Best Marathon
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