I had the pleasure of running in Lexington the past 2 weeks. Being able to travel for business can be both great for my running journeys and awful on the routine. When a project must be completed sometimes valuable runs can be lost. However the second week in Lexington proved to be great getting in the miles. Until....
Flashback to college and I was at a punk show, some slam dancing breaks out and I get trampled. Ten years later I finally have physical therapy performed, and on the second attempt things seem to have corrected themselves. On Wed I felt the tear in my muscle comeback on the back of my lower right thigh. I did the somewhat smart thing and did not run on Thursday or Friday in hopes of some healing. I did venture out today for a 12 miler with mixed results and an 8:38/mile pace.
As of now I have Utah in less than 2 weeks and I will be there. I can and I will do this. What I learned today is that I can do this if I use the approach that I took in Toledo on 4/22, to run conservative and feel out the run as I proceed. Tomorrow I will head out and turn in at least 6 miles and be grateful I'm out in the sun, or rain, or even snow... it is Indiana after all and the weather here can be wacky.
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Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of running the Pittsburgh Marathon for the second time. Coming off Toledo I knew I was still healing and the elevations would be a challenge. I didn't hit my desired goal time but still hit a new PR, so I'm happy with that as well as a few other things.
I was able to keep a strong pace until mile 23... at 24 my legs fell apart and I was beset by very serious cramps. I mean just awful. At one point medical staff caught up and asked me if I wanted to bail out or continue. I told them I appreciated the concern but if I had to crawl I was going to finish. Moments after they understood my want to finish they moved onto another person needing help. The fact that my 'wall' has been pushed back from mile 20 to 23 is improvement. The fact that I kept a strong pace for that long is improvement.
Once again the crowds, runners, and city were amazing. Such energy and enthusiasm for this event and all involved. I have to say my favorite part was at mile 10... I heard my name being screamed and stopped. I mean, this is a strange city and I just brought my friend Courtney from Indianapolis. Looking over my shoulder I see my friend Erin! I hadn't seen her in 4 years! Of course I ran to her and gave her a big hug, she patted me on the chest and said "Go go go! Keep going, you're crushing it!" And that moment made my day!
For now I'm resting, Utah is next in June and really looking forward to the trip and exploring the a new state to visit for this runner.
The Tenth annual Pittsburgh Marathon is this Sunday, and I'm both nervous and looking forward to this run. The nerves are because I have a lot of time to make up with my running. The injuries have taken their toll on my training and I'm not where I should be at this point. But with the lack of running and how I did in Toledo I should be pretty happy, but I can't stay satisfied... I have to push onward. Even today after a short 3 miler I'm nervous about my calf muscle acting up. With every step I monitor it closely, I'm not out of the woods with this one.
I'm looking forward to this because Pittsburgh puts on a crazy awesome marathon that's a huge challenge and a great tour of the area. 35,000 people will be participating and I'm proud to be one of them. It will be my 2nd course repeat, basically I want another solid steel medal that feels like a miniature manhole cover around my neck. I say this lovingly, it's quite the hunk of coolness. I'll see you this weekend Pittsburgh, and I'll run my heart out.
Ryan (That's me)
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