Friday, April 18, 2008

Going through the motions

A pre-race picture from 2003.

There's not alot to report this week except for the waiting. And the sitting and icing and waiting. The weather has been absolutely perfect for being outdoors and running all this week. Clear skies, light winds, warm temperatures, no rain or sleet or snow, perfect! The only problem is that my right hamstrings are still sore. The icing and stretching is helping but I don't find it's doing that much to make it go away like I'd prefer.

After Sunday's 13 miler the legs were quite sore requiring several applications of my handy ice bags.

Tues - physio in the morning and easy 6 mile run. As usual the legs were very stiff for the 1st mile but then loosened up nicely after some stretches. Unfortunately this won't be an option on Monday unless I want to get passed by 2000 runners.

Weds - 7 mi with 2 at MP run went nicely. Another great shorts & t-shirt days. I found myself running too fast with the 1st mile in 7:15 before dialing it back to a 7:26 for the 2nd mile almost on target. I don't have 'spring' in my legs that I'd like but at least they are freshening up a bit.

Thurs & Friday - just 5 mile easy runs where I debated not running but decided that I'd stiffen up less if I put in a short run. Sitting at a desk all day is not the best way to get ready for a marathon or to ease sore hamstrings. Total of 37 miles for the week and now 920 YTD.

So, I'm just sitting here waiting, writing this watching more hockey while sitting on my ice pack. The plan is to head out in the morning around noon with fellow Boston bound NB runner Bruce Rosval. It's a 6-7hr drive down and then we'll drive the course, get a meal and drop in our wonderful Boston hosts. On Sunday we'll take in the women's Olympic trials and pick up our race numbers.

Followed by more waiting...I can't wait! My bib #is 6812 and you can follow me at the Boston website on Monday. It will be all good no matter how things play out. Boston is the best! Have a great weekend, I know I will!

12 comments:

Jamie said...

Best of luck Monday!!!!!!!!

Andrew said...

I'll see you there! P.S. Run a half mile or mile just before the start and stretch your legs. That might help loosen things up.

Steph said...

Good luck Dad!! Hope the weather cooperates for you :)

Grellan said...

Best of luck on monday Mike. Have a good trip and enjoy.

Keith power said...

Have a great day Mike and enjoy the run,those old legs will be FINE.

Phil said...

Best of luck on Monday Mike. Looking forward to another great race report.

J. Garry Power said...

Monday is going to be a great day for you. You've done the training and you know how to run the course. Now just relax and take it all in! Keep stretching the old h-strings and I'm sure you'll be fine. Good Luck!

Kurt said...

best of luck Mike!!

Thomas said...

Best of luck. Check out the course for me, will ya?

J. Garry Power said...

Just checked your time. Another great Boston Marathon for you. Congratulations.

Chrispy said...

Way to go Dad! But the finishing time only tells part of the story. I'm looking forward to hearing how things went. :)

DawnB said...

Mike look like you had a great time and you finish time was oustanding!! congratulations.