I have been running for several years. I got serious in January 2002 when I decided to run the Vancouver Marathon that coming May. It would be my first race. I completed it in 4:01:04…a number that haunts me to this day.
A funny thing happened after this marathon, I never wanted to ever run again. It took so much out of me. The training leading up to it was difficult and I was able to finish the marathon but it knocked the crap out of me! I think I probably didn’t run for a year or so, I don’t really recall, but eventually I did get back into it.
I probably ran off and on for the next few years but never had a desire to runs another marathon. Part of that is I am a much better cold weather runner than a warm or hot weather runner. Our marathon here in Edmonton usually is a summer run which means training thru the spring and early summer. Running Vancouver, the training starts in January into the spring.
So eventually I decided to try and run Vancouver again, in 2008. Off I went and trained and completed the race in 4:17:29. Not what I was hoping for. I had some stomach issues that I couldn’t overcome but I did finish.
3:59:59!! Thats my goal. I never realized how close I was in my first marathon. It’s bothered me to this day that I never broke the 4 hour mark. It’s my nemesis.
After 2008 I continued running, as much as I could but without any real direction. Then the injury bug hit. Lots of calf problems which limited my running. I tried acupuncture, chiropractic, Scotch and massage. I never really seemed to get over it.
Then in 2010 I started to run better, pain free to a degree and the year was going good. I decided to try and 1/2 marathon here in Edmonton. I ran it and finished in 1:54:57 which surprised me and gave me hope of a sub 4 hour full marathon. About two months after the half was when I really got hit by the injury bug. And it stayed around for a long time. If you look at my running summary you’ll see lots of gaps after June of 2010, and what runs are there are not very long or frequent.
Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis!! Some days I could barely get out of bed, get down the stairs or walk. I tried hot yoga, but I found it just made the problem worse, stretching everything beyond its capabilities. I tried heel cups. They wanted me to try orthotics. I saw specialists. Surgery was discussed. Then an off chance discussion with a fitness instructor where I work led me to relief after a long period of pain and not running (I’ll save this for another post).
I started slowly getting back into it after doing some exercises and continued on for a while. Then I had a relapse of the AT and PF because I stopped doing the simple exercises that had made me able to run again. Once I got back on the ball (literally!), I was able to run on a consistent basis around August of 2012.
2013 was a good year although the end of that period was a bit tough. 2014 has started out very good and as I have mentioned I am in training to run another marathon in early June. So far I have been able to maintain the training pace (knock on wood, tapping my head). The training distances are more prescribed compared to what I had been running prior to the training but everything is going well. I have a couple of little aches and pains but I think that is due to the longer distances I’m running and the higher frequency of 6 days a week.
Below is my running summary since 2010. You can see that there are some large gaps and even some of the recorded times and distances don’t amount to much during certain periods.
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