Sunday, March 4, 2007


Today is 2 weeks since I ran (jogged, walked) the Austin Marathon, and the pain in my left shin is about 90% gone. Every now and then if I move in a particular direction I will still get a pain, but nothing like what it was. I got on the elliptical for the first time yesterday and did that for about an hour, still unable to get my heartrate much above 120 even pushing it hard, but at least it's something. Since Boston is out for April and I really don't have any short-term goals prior to the fall, I probably will not run again until April 1 and give my shin a full 6 weeks recovery. In the meantime, I'll continue doing some cycling and I'm going to start swimming again. I used to swim a mile 3-4 times a week back in the mid-80's, and it took me quite a while to build up to that, so I know it won't be easy. Since my plan is to do my first ultra (a 50 miler) in December, then move on in 2008 to a half-Ironman and Ironman, I may as well start the swimming now (I guess in a way it's helping me that I can't run and it forces me to start swimming).

My 14 year old son is now training for his 3rd half-marathon, so this time also gives me a chance to help to coach him a little more closely. He wants to complete 5 half-marathons this year, which will earn him a special award in the Texas Half-Marathon Challenge. I am very proud of him for setting this goal.


Deb said...

Sounds like the rest is much needed all teh wya around. Give yo a break to physically heal, and gives your son a chance to get some awesome coaching and more important time with dad! Have fun!

Blaxabbath said...

Hope the kid reaches his goal. It's good for maturity.

Neese said...

If you have a circumstance where you can swim regularly that would be so beneficial all around. and how wonderful your son is running the halfs, having your coaching is something he'll never forget!