Suppose I need to explain myself after THIS went out…
Remember how after CIM Brian registered for the Surf City Marathon to try and challenge the Household 26.2 PR? And how I was going to “coach” him and help implement some of the “real” workouts I’d been doing in his training, instead of just going out and running xx miles as fast as possible like he’s always done?
Uhhh it didn’t work out so well.
That’s an Achilles Rocktape-tape job. A good one, and effective, but not marathon-salvageable.
He killed the first few weeks of training, claiming to “totally dig” (might be my words, not his) the new-to-him interval and tempo runs. How each day felt like a new challenge, rather than seeing the overall goal as a huge task to slowly try and chip away at. Feeling and seeing progress in a way more than long run mileage growing.
The one thing he didn’t love? Slowing down.
He’d gotten so used to running his 7:xx pace every run (I KNOW, so gross) that putting on the brakes was even harder than hitting fast mile repeats. And somewhere along the way, around Christmas time, his body retalliated. Despite periods of rest, chronic icing/heating, and an anti-inflammatory regime, he just couldn’t get the Achilles tendonitis under control enough to continue training.
Yes, I feel terrible and mostly responsible. I was pretty sure I’d be served divorce papers when he officially waved the white flag. (He swears he doesn’t blame me, but there was that one time I woke up in the middle of the night because he rolled over and almost “accidentally” suffocated me “in his sleep”…)
…And then again when I asked if I could run the half in his place. I mean I might feel bad but that doesn’t mean I’m going to let a $120 registration fee go to waste.
what’s yours is mine including joint finances and race bibs
So I’ll be running the Surf City Half this weekend. I’ve never run it (because I abhor spending $$$$$ on big-name races) but did keep a few friends company on the course last year. I’m in no shape to run anything even near a PR, obviously, and instead hope to get some good work in on pacing and finishing hard. Whatever finish time that may be.
(but hopefully not a personal worst)
((although if it is it’s fine because it’s going on Brian’s name, not mine))
- Anyone else running in Huntington this weekend? I know Margot, SR, Rebecca, and Pam will be there, as well as some of my Oiselle teammates.