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The journey continues. Yesterday, that meant a 20 mile run with the team. People from all over the country that are part of Team In Training’s 2014 Boston Marathon team made the trek to Massachusetts to get in the longest training run of the year with the team. Liam, who I’ve talked about before, was there, too (he borrowed my foam roller, and showed off his excellent vertical foam roll technique).
After Sarad and Kelly (our two awesome coaches) reminded us to go out slow, then go slower, we headed out for the buses to go to Hopkinton.
There’s something about a 40 minute bus ride that gets into your head a little bit… especially when you know you’re getting dropped off, and you not only have to run back to where you started, but after that, you need to run 5 more miles.
It was an amazing day. All of the towns along the route had police out in force directing traffic and keeping us safe. There were roughly 5,000 people training on the course yesterday. It was an amazing time.
The course wasn’t just crowded with runners. The support from the communities we ran through was nothing short of amazing. This woman had my favorite sign of the day. She was right at the ten mile marker on the course… half way to our goal. Oh, yeah.
I was slower than I thought I would be, but coach Sarad kept telling me to go slow, so I went slow. If this is any indication of how things will go on Marathon Monday, 4 hours 22 minutes feels like a pretty reasonable goal. I was a few seconds behind that pace (10:07), but I was also holding back for large sections of the run. If I get to mile 25 and I am feeling good, I’m going to give my race a heck of a finish. If not, I’ll just keep on doing the tortoise thing and finish slow and steady.
In this photo I’m supporting the weight of my body on my calf muscles, which are nicely tucked into my 2XU calf compression sleeves. Between the foam rolling, the compression sleeves, and the going out slow (thanks again, coach), I think everything went pretty well. There were a few places where I felt a minor twinge in the muscles, but they never cramped up or seized the way they did two weeks ago. The mitigation plans are working. Yes!
So now that it’s the next day, I feel pretty good. Throwing ten pounds of ice in a tub of cold water and then soaking for 10 or 15 minutes goes a long way to making recovery feel good. I’m going in for a massage tomorrow after work, so that should help, too. We’ll see if my massage therapist thinks I’ve made any progress… but frankly, I know I have. I’m feeling good. I’m ready for my marathon. Glad it’s not tomorrow… but I have every reason to feel confident. I’ve walked and run over 1,100 miles to get to this point, and I don’t have much more to do.
So that’s the scoop. I feel good. My legs feel good. I have my longest run ever in the bag. 22 days from now, I’m going to finish this leg of my personal journey. Thanks for coming along for the ride!