Saturday, February 10, 2007

Austin Marathon - 8 days and counting

I did not do any exercise yesterday, decided to just rest the leg all day. This morning I returned to the YMCA, did a similar routine on the elliptical as day before yesterday, finished with almost zero pain or discomfort. My main hope is that the cardio part of it and the way I'm positioning my legs to simulate hill climbing, especially in my quadriceps, is actually going to help me in Austin because you basically climb from mile 8 to mile 18. Were I doing my normal training right now, I would be on totally flat ground (the only "hill" within miles of me is a bridge in Kemah about 10 miles away that goes over the bay, and it's only about a 1/4 mile climb). The proof in the pudding will be next Sunday when I actually start running. I purchased some additional ball-of-foot padding for my running shoes and have been walking around in those to make sure they soften the blow, and I can tell a huge difference in the cushioning just when I walk.

5 comments:

AddictedToEndorphins said...

Hi there!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love that song and lost my grandmother before I was born so it's pretty dear to my heart too! Good luck with your upcoming marathon! Being injured sucks so take it easy on yourself!
Tiger

Aron said...
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Aron said...

Thanks for the kind words. Good luck next weekend! It's good to see someone else has to rely on a bridge for hill training. ha! Sounds like you're taking good care of yourself and your leg, so you should be fine. I'm anxious to read about your adventure! And it would be an honor to have 'just shut up and run' linked at Faithful Soles. I appreciate it.

Deb said...

The cushioning sounds great! Isn't it cool that we can make one small tweak to what we do, and see/feel incredible benefits?! Keep moving!

Gripperm said...

Keep trucking along.. we are here for ya