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Monday, October 11, 2010

Calming Before the Storm - 4.0 Miles

4.00 miles (34:16 - 8:34/mile)
0.50 miles (7:30 - 15:00/mile)

total: 4.50 miles
course: home treadmill

The view pictured is just before the three mile marker in the October 10, 2010 Chicago Marathon. The runners are probably at 2.5 miles, and we are about to see the wheelchair races. This is the calm before the storm.

Over 38,000 runners started the race, and 36,000 finished. In all, 94.5% finished what they started, though some 7,000 never even started.

I'm impressed. Naturally, the real story is about all the runners and those like us watching.

But enough of that. I'll get into the race details more this week.

For now, for tonight, I ran 4.0 miles with blisters on each heel. Not from running, but from watching the marathon. Sounds crazy, but it is true. New shoes, new socks, neither broken in, were apparently not just so. It has made for a wobbly run.

My pace feels good. Time to add miles. I'll hold the speed; I'm not ready for more of that yet. Might even slow it back up to accommodate the mileage. 

So far, with a long walk in Chicago on Saturday, with a good run in the evening, and again, a lot of walking on 10-10-10 (no running), I've compiled 27.25 miles for six days, and, thusly, killed off a helping or two BBQ ribs. That's not even a pound's worth of calories, but it is all piled on.

2 comments:

trinity said...

I am appreciating your abused feet and the heart that was given to encourage a good friend at several points on the route! With my family and crew to cheer me on it was an event worthy of the effort and recovery:-)

Tony said...

It was a fine day at the races. All to a worthy cause. The blisters I have today will toughen over, and I hope next year to among those collapsing exhausted, not caring about blisters, pain, nausea and dehydration.

As for you: Next year: 4:00:59.99