Friday, November 12, 2010

OBX Marathon Go Time - Hurts So Good

The journey of a crapload of pain begins with the first step.

Bright and early Sunday morning I’ll set off on my second attempt at the noble pursuit of marathoning.  Weather looks good, gear looks good, execution on training plan looks good, knee looks bad.  Per the vast majority of advice, I have not run since Sunday.  Tuesday and Thursday I hit the gym for some light lifting and 30 minutes on the stationary bike at minimal resistance.  I’ve been icing 2-3x daily, putting a hurting on a monster bottle of Advil, doing my PT stretching every day, and rolling around on the foam roller whenever the spirit moves me.  I know this is going to hurt, but I’m pretty sure I can push through the hurt as long as I’m not doing any long-term damage.  Unfortunately I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to this one as much as I’m looking forward to it being over.

I’m confident in my preparation, and confident in my fueling strategy.  The will is strong, but the confidence in the knee is shaky.  Not quite sure how this one is going to play out, but there’s only one way to find out.  I still want to come in under 4 hours.  We’ll see if want is enough.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to enter my Ryders Eyewear / Gu giveaway.  Still taking entries until midnight Sunday (11/14).

Good luck to all that are lacing them up this weekend.

Run swiftly my friends.

18 comments:

  1. Good luck this weekend, hope the knee holds out for you!

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  2. Good luck, good luck, good luck!! I hope the knee plays nice for you!! :) Stay strong and positive!!

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  3. Good luck! Your will is strong - you'll make it!!

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  4. Good luck. I imagine the OBX is one of the best places ever to run a marathon. Here's wishing you minimal pain and a few beers when it's all over.

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  5. LOL, Run Swiftly my Friends.... I love that! Come on, it only hurts every other step..... I feel for you with your knee. Good luck!

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  6. Good luck boss! Focus on that finish line!

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  7. Good luck and may the knee be with you--painfree!

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  8. Run pain free my friend.

    Good luck to you!!

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  9. Good luck friend. Hopefully there's not a ton of downhill and your knee will be great. Remember to just breath through any pain and people won't know the difference between tears and sweat... ;) You'll be great - I can feel it!

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  10. Best of luck to you! Looks like it's gonna be great weather for running :)

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  11. Good luck! I know you'll do great! :0)

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  12. Good luck! I'm sure it will be worth the hurt!

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  13. Love that first line of your post!
    Good Luck - can't wait to read how it all turns out.

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  14. Well, a wimp you are not. You do know that there are other marathons, right? I am sooooo rooting for a good race for you.

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