On Saturday, I completed my first half marathon! Take THAT, cancer!
That was a really difficult race for me. You can see in my GPS track below that my legs just blew up after about mile 10.
Frankly, I didn’t train enough in the few weeks preceding the race. After I reached about 8 or 9 miles, I started having knee issues. I took time off of running and spent more time biking in hopes that those knee issues would heal up. I know now, after my trip to the med tent for ice after the race that my knee issues were IT band problems. I could have stretched that area out and continued running and felt better at the finish of the race.
I wrote a few weeks back that I had lost my Garmin Forerunner 205 after a trip to Texas. I thought it had to be at my house in Texas. I have made do for the past few weeks, borrowing my wife’s Forerunner and even using my Oregon 450 on an 8mi run in Houston. That became a real pain because I have been unable to sustain a long run in the past couple weeks because of some knee pain setting in around mile 5 or 6. I haven’t been able to track myself otherwise. I broke down and ordered a Garmin Forerunner 310XT refurb. It retained the training features of the 205 that I like, added the HRM sensor compatibility and foot pod compatibility I want to upgrade to (maybe next season) and had the bonus of also being compatible with my Tanita bc-1000 scale so I can finally start transferring metrics to Garmin Connect. I’m not sure how I’ll like tracking my metrics there or not. I’m going to give it a try. Tanita’s software is only okay.
I recently had my 4 year checkup at MD Anderson to see my progress. It was mostly good. My platelets are still low, but consistent with previous tests. My small “trend” of slightly increasing counts has stopped. I talked to my Dr. and got the report about my brain MRI from 6mo ago, and learned that Harold (my brain stem lesion) is now completely gone. Yay!
As with the rest of you, my holidays have been pretty busy spending time with family and friends and doing the holiday party circuit. I’m trying to avoid gaining more weight, as I already weigh more than I want to (last check at 184lb) and I think I managed to avoid that.
I tried to make time to be active over the holidays, too. The first of those was the 2012 edition of the 5k’s of Christmas, which I ran 2 winters ago also. This time it was held in Carmel’s Central Park.
Last weekend my wife competed in the half marathon in the Nike Women’s Marathon. Some regular readers might recall the fundraising links I posted and some of my readers actually donated (yay!). I thought I’d provide a bit of a trip report.
It was a great trip. My first visit to CA. Not my wife’s, though. Being a military kid, she spent some time in Monterrey growing up. San Francisco is a pretty cool city. In spite of all the recycling bins, though, there was an inordinate amount of trash which was a bit disappointing. But still, the bike culture there is just awesome. Bikes everywhere, even guys in business suits were riding around the city. Plus, more bike rental options than I expected.
The race is not until October, and my wife is already above 10mi for her long run for the week. She’s on pace to do the distance no problem. Her fundraising goal has also been met! As of this writing, her website does not reflect all donations made yet because some cash donations are currently in the mail and they take a few days to show up on the website. Donations are still being accepted, though. We want to blow the goal amount out of the water now!
I’ve done a little bit of running here recently, and I haven’t logged any of it until now. In fact, the runs have been sitting on my GPS until today. The first one was back at the end of April…so it’s been awhile. I’ll start today and work backwards. Today was the Nacogdoches Blueberry 5k race done in conjunction with the Blueberry Festival. The race this year was to benefit the dog park some folks are working to get here in town. As such, they were very welcoming of dogs running the race. The route passed the aid station twice, giving the pups a couple chances to get a drink. All in all, I’d say the race was very well-done. The local police blocked off some roads for the runners, and thankfully we weren’t buried under a bunch of useless swag.