Wow – finally a chance to sit down and relax for a second. It has been one of those kinds of day – you know the one where you are running here and there and everywhere to get a lot of things done.
First I went to the DMV to get my license renewed, it didn’t take as long as I thought, but at the same time it still took a lot longer than I wanted.
The important part of the day – I did a 10:00 minute warm-up, 10:00 minutes at 6.5 mph (9:13 pace), 10:00 minutes at 7.0 mph (8:33) and a 5:00 minute cool-down. Then I went in abused my body with the foam roller and did about 30 minutes of stretching.
Drive an hour to Lewiston to see my Ortho
The good news was he said I was doing great, but that I have some thickening of the Achilles tendon and it will probably always bother me a little. He said I can run, but to come back conservatively.
We talked about my running a marathon this year and he concurred with the PT’s recommendation not to run it completely. He said that if I still have pain in the achilles and have some running restrictions for at least another month, that there is no way I should start marathon training.
If I did he gave me a 50/50 chance of getting to the marathon uninjured at best, and that might be a good chance of re-injury, especially with the mentality that he has seen from me in the few times he has seen me. Paraphrasing here: I am that guy that will do whatever he has to, to finish.
He almost sounded relieved, when I told him that I had decided not to run the marathon.
So I am cleared of seeing him again, unless something goes wrong, but I still have the rest of the month being beat on in physical therapy – which is a good thing.
Still this conversation was the final nail in the coffin for running the Marine Corps Marathon. I had held out that glimmer of hope, that the doctor would pooh pooh the PT’s recommendation and tell me that running the marathon would be the best thing in world and that he strongly recommended going for it – I know it was a pipe dream, but runners hold onto dreams like that until that final last gasp.
I have had the last gasp – the stake is through the heart of the my running the Marine Corps Marathon and the dream is dust and done.
I can now move on in peace, find new goals and best of all – keep smiling.
Then to drive almost an hour back to Augusta, stop at Staples and get supplies on list supplied by TheWife
Another New Pair of Running Shoes
Go to Famous Footwear to look at sandals, I wasn’t excited by anything they had.
I ended up looking at new trail shoes (me look at running shoes, whaddaya talking about), but none felt right, so I tried on a pair of Skechers, GoRun2’s because Pete Larson recommended them so highly a few months ago. When I tried them on they felt very comfortable, so I figured worst case they would be a great pair of shoes to walk in.
I went up to the counter to see if they could get the colors that I wanted, when I did they checked and said they could and they would ship them to me for free.
The great part was the shoes just went on sale and when they checked my rewards membership I had a $25.00 credit, so the GoRun2’s only cost me $36.00. So for that price they are definitely worth experimenting with.
I will be interested to see how they do in the real world. Yes, an unexpected running shoe purchase, but at such a deal that I couldn’t pass them up.
So that was just a busy day, but I got a lot done, got my run in and bought another pair of running shoes to experiment with.