I'm sorry I did not post sooner, but I had an interesting weekend.
I am going to conglomerate all the posts (below) into one big standard Voodoo-ish Post From Hell/answer....and this is it :-)
1. Re "get other people running": I am currently training 2 people (via email) for their first triathlon, in fact (the Danskin Women's Triathlon, for breast cancer). When they started, neither could run (one does not have any toes in fact, lost them to frostbite -- tho biking is a little trickier actually), and as of this weekend they each did almost FOUR miles (3.8). (The race is actually only 3 -- tho after the swim and bike of course.) I'm so excited I can't stand it. So, not quite sure they will ever take up the marathoning "thang", but I am actually pretty convinced they are really going to make it to the triathlon. I'm so excited I can't stand it. :-) Definitely agree re "getting other people into it" -- it's great!
2. Re "spouse person" running: See story below. Truly amazing.
3. Re Dr Z: We love everyone down here, anyone and everyone. We just want it to be a friendly cave in the hinterlands where any and all can come and trade stories over the campfire without getting zinged. Kinda like the cabin....? :-)
SO, this is my update. My knee still kinda ached and was SO BE-YOO-TEE-FUL purple on Saturday (when we had the 24 miler planned) that we did not go out. We had run 30 mins on Th (our usual hill day), but on the flats, and tho my knee didn't hurt on the run, my calves balled up like fists, so I had to walk/run for 30. Not happy. Saturday relaxed, thought about North's taper and all the advice, and just generally hung out. Sunday (Easter) went to Mom & Dad's, and Doctor Dad Checked The Knee (using all those doctor-y things and movements) -- he said that it was fine, the tendon was just bruised, "I was lucky" and of course (ahem) should stop running if it hurt AT ALL during a run and go to the Orthopedist. I promised. He said I could therefore do the 24 miler. (And, not wanting to actually damage myself, I agreed to stick by my promise to stop if it hurt.)
As Easter had taken up most of Sunday, H and I decided to avail ourselves of a "provisional" day off we had asked for, for Monday. (I figured that if Dad checked me out on Sunday, that we probably wouldn't have enough time afterwards -- so H and I had gotten the OK from our boss (same boss) to take Monday off if we needed to.) So Monday, bright and early for H (meaning, 8:30 a.m.) we set off on the 24 miler.
It started out foggy and very muggy -- which brought on my special "freight train" asthma reaction. I persevered, as per Nan, North, and Dr Z's instructions previously. Then, using Chris G's "3 stride" method and a modified version of North's "breathing" method and Dr Z's "concentrate on what you are doing" method (ok and maybe Kev from KS's "moo at the cows a little" method) and Steve P's "have fun when you are out there" method and RNR Girl's "engage your quads on the downhill" method and WannaBe's "stretch when you can and at least 2x during the run" method and all the other methods....we did it :-) 24 miles (rolling hills, tho no "giant" hills) in 5:10, including 2 rest stops (probably totalling about 10 mins). I was actually in that weird "catatonic state" at the end again (even after eating the heads off some Easter bunny chocolates at mile 22 for Special Voodoo Power) -- tho my body actually felt great. I felt very "clear." When we got back to the car (out in the middle of godforesakennowhere), H turned to me and said quietly "you did it - this is your longest run before the marathon!" I was all happy, but he continued...."so, will you give me the water bottle and take the dog, and drive the car forward 2.2 miles?" So, I drove the car forward....and my sainted support system (who was going to quit after the 1/2 marathon, who hated running, who was doing this to be with me, etc.) ran his first marathon -- with me cheering him on as he crested the final hill, standing next to the Volvo with the dog, out in the middle of the backroads of Petaluma.......for a final time of 5:38 (including our breaks of course).
OK and so HOW GREAT IS THAT??????????
Today (yikes) the "back of my knee" is so tight, that I can't even get my heel on the floor w/o significant effort. I kinda have to drag my leg. It doesn't hurt per se -- it's just tight beyond belief. (Yes, the "bad knee").
If you read this far.......any ideas? I iced it last night, and will do so again tonite -- am actually wearing a compression bandage b/c it makes it feel better. Otherwise -- no other "damage."
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