Saturday, July 09, 2005

Ode to Becky

As the other runners slipped out of my sight up above I decided to take a walk break. I felt frustrated that I could not keep up.

"Go your own pace no matter what." This was my mantra. I soon discovered that another runner had slowed down to walk with me. This was Becky. Becky has already run two marathons with Team in Training, and is unashamed of the run/walk method. "Got me through four marathons so far," she said, "and my last one was 5 hours and 15 minutes." Not bad, I think. My goals was under 6 hours. We run the first 6 miles of our 12 miler in 1 hours and 13 minutes. This is close to a 12 minute mile pace. And if you figure that we walked one minute after running four minutes, we were probably jogging closer to an 11 minute mile. I really have to thank her for pulling me through the first three miles. My body really didn't want to start up and she was sweet to slow down her pace to help me out. During the last two miles I returned the favor.

After the turn around we did walk a little more often, but we were still running during the last three miles. I figure this was my first time doing 12 miles, so why push it. One thing I did learn is that I need to run more of my mid-week runs on hills, as we are preparing for San Francisco so our Saturday runs are VERY hilly. My coach says if you train on hills the flat runs will be cake. So I'm going to dive into some hills on Tuesday when I need to run 4 miles.

Becky and I talked a bit about what it is like to have cancer touch your life. She's lost a sister-in-law to cancer at age 47. It's enough to keep you running, praising God for the bodies we do have, even if they are slow. Right now I'm still about 15 minutes behind my teammates who make up the majority of the pack. But I know that if I wanted to I could push a bit harder and stick with them longer. I'm just trying to avoid injury and not worry so much about times. My body feels stiff enough afterwards just jogging and walking. Many of the folk that are ahead of me are just jogging the whole time at one steady pace. I like the walk breaks and I know I will probably need them in the actual marathon so I should get used to them now. You have to get used to shifting to a walk and back into a run - both mentally and physically. I know that all that I'm learning now, will make me prepared.

So I got up at 5am and by 8:30am I had travelled 12 miles with my own to feet.
What have you done so far today?
Lazy butt.

Ha! Damn it feels good to be me!
Think I'll go ride Janis.

4 comments:

Erin said...

Keep up with the run/walk combo. It will make it all much easier. By my next marathon, I hope to be able to run for 4 minutes, then walk for 1 (instead of the other way around, which is pretty much all I could do this time). It's really good to switch things up & use those different muscles.

I'm not sure what you're doing after your long runs, but for me, as soon as I'd get home, I'd take a nice cold bath. (If I was really sore, I'd throw some ice in there.) The cold "hurts" for the 1st minute or 2, but then you get used to it. After soaking my sore muscles in the cold water for about 20-30 minutes, I'd drain the tub, then take a nice hot shower. It did wonders for me! I'd almost never be sore the next day. Of course, it's also key to stretch a lot as soon as you finish running.

Good luck! :)

jeanne said...

Wow!! We have a lot in common. I am struggling, feeling veeery slow as I train with Aids Marathon Program... I have to tell you, it's refreshing to read about someone going through the same thing. We will get faster and better; not superfast (you're already way faster than me!) but just fast enough. We even have the same marathon goal!! I'm so happy i found your site! yeah!

KEN said...

HI MY NAME IS KEN AND I LIVE IN ST LOUIS. WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS PRETTY AMAZING AND ITS FUN. I HAVE RUN 2 MARATHONS WITH TNT SO FAR. I DID DISNEY IN 2000 AND FINISHED IN AROUND 6 1/2 HRS AND THEN I DID ST LOUIS IN APRIL AND FINISHED IN AROUND 5 1/2 HRS. TNT IS AN AMAZING GROUP OF PEOPLE. THEY WILL HELP YOU GET THROUGH THE MARATHON. FUND RAISING AND RUNNING. AND KEEP REPEATING YOUR MANTRA. RUN YOUR PACE. NOBODY ON TNT IS GOING TO WIN THE MARATHON. BUT WE WILL WIN THE UTLTIMATE RACE. TO FIND A CURE FOR LEUKEMIA. JUST KEEP RUNING/WALKING AT YOUR PACE AND YOU WILL FINISH WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE. GOOD LUCK. KEN

BigRedYamaha said...

Thanks Ken and others for your encouragement! Ken do you have a blog somewhere? I cannot find it.