My year-long journey to complete my first Ironman Triathlon.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Back in Black (and Orange)
October 2009 Stats:
22 Hours - 33 Minutes running time
18,299 Calories expended
1 aching Achilles Tendon
2 New Nikes
OK, after a 6 day rest with a lot of R.I.C.E (thanks for the advice, Mel) supplemented with a heating pad and The Stick working on the tendon, I got out and ran 7 gingerly miles on Saturday afternoon. Then went home and watched the Vols hand Steve Spurrier a good ass whoopin' on Saturday night. I thought the Black and Orange uni's that the Vols wore were pretty tight. I really like the attitude that the Kiffen's are bringing to UT. Hopefully in a couple more years, UT can be back in the national picture.
I guess the best thing that has come out of this injury is the fact that I recognized it pretty quickly and knew that I needed to shut down to get healed as quick as possible (and the new shoes have defiantly helped.) Training for a marathon has been quite a revelation for me. It is most defiantly a double-edged sword. You must teach yourself to push though the pain, but you must also recognize when to pack it in, and regroup (like with an injury). I am always hungry for new information, and the World Wide Web makes it easy to find information, especially in the form of running bulletin boards and especially other experienced runners blogs. Even with all this info so readily available, everyone trains different and you must still put in the miles and work to get ready for such an endurance event.
I really don't know what to expect when I get out there and attempt it myself. I feel excited, but anxious to put my body through this experience, since it is an unknown for me. The consensus is that it is an extremely tough thing to do, but can be very gratifying. For me, it's also to push myself past my comfort zone and see what I am made of. Do I have IT ? ?
I earned a gift card from work, so I purchased a second pair of new shoes. Now I am the proud owner of 2 pairs of Brand New Nike Vomero 4+ (orange/black and the blue/white ones), which I plan to rotate, and see if that extends the life of the shoes. Lots of experienced runners claim this is a good method. I'm just hoping that they will last longer, because training puts the miles on them.
Less than 2 weeks until the first marathon. More on my thoughts on this soon.