Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ready or not...

Hey Everyone-

I've been MIA from this blog for a while, so here's a brief update. Yes, I successfully completed HulaMan. 6:39 and change, which I'm pretty happy with. I'll have a full race report... at some point. But it was not without cost. I managed to give myself a pretty nasty case of posterior tibial tendonitis - which if you're not an MD means that my right foot hurt like crazy and I could barely walk on it for a couple of days, and had to lay off training for a week.

After taking a week off, I thought I was back on track - got in a couple of solid runs while visiting family in Colorado on 8/22 and 8/23, but then a week of business in Wisconsin intervened and despite having my gear, I got in zero training. Then as I started to get back into things the following week, something flu-like hit me. Then as I started to get back into things, another business trip. Well, this week finally went OK - solid runs Sunday, Monday and Thursday, then a good 17.5 miler today.

In case you're keeping track, that's one single long run and otherwise horrid training in the 5 weeks since HulaMan, and the PDX marathon is right around the corner in 15 days. But I'm going to give it the old college try, making sure I do some variety of run-walk-run (walk through aid stations at least, maybe more depending on how things are going) and see if the good base I put in this spring and summer will carry me through. So we'll see whether I'm ready or not for PDX!