May 22, 2010

Doctor Visit

At your urging I decided to go visit the doctor. I called the clinic to make an appointment and as soon as I said "chest pains" the nurse wanted me to immediately go to the emergency room. I assured her that, as I had just recently completed a marathon and had no shortness of breath, it wasn't my heart. So she let me go to urgent care instead.

So it was pretty much listen to my lungs, listen to my heart, take some sort of blood oxygen level test and then tell me I had an inflammation. She stopped short of calling it pleurisy. Blah, blah,'ll take care of itself in a few weeks...yada, yada, yada...take some advil or aleve and see you later. Basically just what I was expecting. I think the more clever of you would be able to insert a humorous comment here but I'm choosing to be more cynical.

Anyway, chest still hurts, running still sucks.

5/18 3 at 9:00
5/21 7 at 8:44

May 17, 2010

Green Bay Marathon

I came into this race in the middle of my biggest running slump ever, with a mysterious chest pain, having to try something new on race morning and needing a haircut. I came out of it with another marathon in the books, albeit slow for how the year has been going. I'm completely satisfied though, check off May, check off Wisconsin and move on.

I have seasonal allergies but they haven't been too bad this spring. I never had to take my medication before running but when I woke up on Sunday morning and my eyes were quite irritated I decided to do it. I mean, it's just another marathon right? As for the pain in my chest, still don't know what that is. Dull ache most of the time except when I cough, sneeze or breathe deeply, then it is a crushing hammer blow. It's over on my right side, like in the pectoral muscle or lung or something. Started last Thursday and still hurts.

So I went into the race just wanting to get out of it actually. Not get out of running it but get out of the back end of it less than 4 hours later. With the current slump I didn't have a clue as to how I'd feel. No idea. Started out way back in the pack, that way I'd have to start slowly and maybe could pass somebody. My first mile felt okay but when I looked at the Garmin and it said 9 min/mile I was really disheartened. It didn't feel that slow. Ugh, if this was what I had to look forward to the rest of the day I was going to be out there a loooooong time.

Fortunately the race opened up and I fell in with another runner and chatted with him. The miles started to tick by in the 8:20's and that was comfortable enough. Still faster than I wanted though, just because I knew my training has been so bad lately. I wanted to make a pit stop but ALL the port-o-potties were full, at every aid station. Finally at mile 7 I just had to say screw it and wait in line. It was only a few seconds anyway and then I was off again.

There were a lot of twists and turns through the city for the first half of the race so I really didn't know where I was. After the half runners turned off at mile 11 we started along the river and I liked that better because I knew it was just a long stretch on a path. Miles 15-21 really seemed to fly by for some reason. I remember looking forward to mile 16 because after that there would be less than 10 miles left and then suddenly we were past mile 20 and there was less than 10k left. Probably because that was the most scenic part of the course and because my family was able to see me several times in that stretch.

I was able to keep the walking to a minimum, just through the aid stations, although the running was slow. Just wanted to be around or under 9 min/mile because I knew that would keep me under 4 hours. Miles 22-26 seemed to take a long time, I was just counting them down, 4, 3, 2, 1...and finally Lambeau field came into view. I'm a lifelong Packer fan and this was the whole reason for doing this marathon. I perked up and headed into the tunnel, the same on the players use on gameday. Just like my son who ran his race the day before, Lambeau field pumped me up. At one point I stopped and reached down to touch the Frozen Tundra. Oh my, don't try to kneel down at mile 25.5 of a marathon. I continued through, saw my family in the stands, gave high fives and ran out through the tunnel.

Down the finishing chute I raised my hands to the crowd and they responded with a big cheer and lots of high fives. That's always a good feeling. My son asked me why I always raise my hands at the end and I told him that I wanted the people to cheer for me. It always works.

I finished in 3:56:03. Maybe not a great marathon but any finished one is a good one.

It was a great weekend; they people really do a good job there. My wife and son did the 2.62 mile event the day before and then my son and daughter did the 1k kids event. A lot of stuff going on for the whole family and the venue for all the events was great. Of course, it was Lambeau field.

5/16 26.2 (26.6 by Garmin) at 9:00

May 13, 2010

Car Wreck

It's gotten bad enough that I've started playing basketball at the health club just to get out and get some exercise. Interestingly enough playing basketball was how I got in shape enough to start running 5 and 10k's in the beginning. So now I'll play for an hour or 90 minutes and then sometimes hit the treadmill for 5 or so miles afterwards. Sometimes not.

I'm wondering where this slump is coming from. It could be mental but it sure feels physical. Just doesn't seem like I have it in me to run much of any distance at all. Overtrained? I don't know; doesn't seem like I would be given the mileage I was doing. It'll definitely make for an interesting marathon this weekend in Green Bay.

(Oooh, bunny outside the window right now. I'm vacillating between letting him sit there and be cute or scaring him to keep him from eating my wife's plants...)

Back to the marathon. I'll be taking it out slow and keeping it there that's for sure. Just trying to keep it under 4 hours so maybe in the 8:40's. Maybe 8:50's if need be. Walk the water stations to get enough fluid. Still kind of looking forward to it in a driving-by-a-car-wreck sort of way. How much can I make it hurt?

5/10/10 10 miles @ 8:38
5/11/10 5 miles @ 8:41

May 7, 2010

St. George Marathon

Motivation for today's run was provided by the fact that I was chosen in the lottery to run the St. George marathon. Favorable course...maybe that will provide a PB attempt.

5/7/10 8 at 8:12

May 6, 2010


Lately I just haven't had "it". Honestly, it feels like someone hit the "reset" button on me. Like the "couch-to-5k" reset button. Also, no running = little desire to show myself in the blogosphere. So today, inspired by this video recommended by a friend and this video, I got myself out for a little run. Only the second in the last 12 days since the marathon.

5/2/10 - 10.02 at 8:31
5/6/10 - 8.31 at 8:26