Thursday, June 11, 2009

Just signed up for San Francisco Marathon July 26th!!!

It's official. I just hit submit on the registration. My recovery from RNR Marathon is going great so I'm anxious to get back out and "run" the whole race. Went today to the athletic trainer who was helping me with calf injury prior to the RNR race and he too was surprised how well things are doing. He says my calf no longer feels like it's injured and it didn't hurt nearly as bad today when he was in there grinding away at it. Looks like my plan of running a little bit each day during recovery has paid off.

So...anyone care to join me in San Francisco? Race starts and ends downtown at the Embarcadero. Includes running across the Golden Gate Bridge and back so has lots of amazing scenery. Elevation profile looks like it has a fair amount of hills during first 18 miles, but they appear to be gradual up/down...and the last 6 miles is downhill or flat.

They also have half marathon. If interested in the half, you have a choice of running the first half or the second half of marathon so if you pick the right half, you still get to run over the GG bridge. Check out the race website at www.runsfm.com and let me know if you can make it.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Recovery time...so far, so good!

Had a long plane ride over to Honolulu on Monday. In Hawaii for business this week. Was actually surprised and happy to not have any sharp pains or injury related pain after the marathon...and no issues with blisters either. This morning I went for a 3 mile run to get the blood flowing. The first mile was really slow and hard because my quads just didn't want to cooperate. Definitely have a good case of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) like you get after a hard workout of lifting weights.

Good news is during the second mile everything started to loosen up and by mile 3 I was cruising along near marathon pace feeling great. After all the pain and agony leading up to the Rock N Roll Marathon with that damn calf muscle injury, I'm so happy now to be able to run again without pain! Is funny, but it's as if going the full 26.2 miles actually worked out the problem I was having in my calf muscle as now it feels great...strange, but good.

They say you should take it easy for the week or two following a marathon. I definitely plan to do that, but instead of staying off my feet, I've decided to run a little bit each day to keep things working and hopefully avoid calf injury relapse. I still think the injury I've been suffering is caused by scar tissue that forms during the healing process so maybe this time around if I stay active it won't happen...? Keeping my fingers crossed...that's for sure. Cheers from Hawaii.