So.. I am really starting to wonder if there is a hex on me.
Friday my calf was feeling well, so I figured a nice slow 1 or 2 miles on the treadmill could be perfect to see how it was coming. On to that boring piece of equipment I went! First .25 of a mile! DONE (and boring!) 2nd .25 of a mile? Done! (still boring) 3rd .25 of a mile? Done (and boring.. but better than not running!) Then… sigh.. disaster. My son came in to the room (for about the fifth time) to make a funny comment. I turned to look at him and my left foot hit the plastic on the side. My leg twisted and I caught myself on the hand rails – but a different part of my calf started hurting.
Sigh. I am wondering if I will be able to manage 26 miles, 385 yards in just 53 more days. At this point I need another 2 weeks (or so) of not running to let my calf heal. My longest run to date has been 12 miles. After 2 weeks, I will have 39 days to get ready for the distance, after not running for a month. Luckily I have until October 20th to defer (10 days before the marathon) – so I should have a good idea of whether or not I am capable of doing it. I am not going to run in my VFFs again until after – and my new goal is simply to finish it. 5 hours just became an acceptable marathon time.
I wonder if anyone has ever successfully trained for a marathon by using a bicycle before? I plan on getting ALOT of miles in on my old-school 10 speed while I can’t run. Started on friday, will continue it this week! Today is rainy and nasty – so off to the YMCA to use their elliptical and stationary bikes.
I suspect that it isn’t going to be very difficult to get a PR for my second marathon…