ORN 8/27/05: 16 miles, 4/2, 3:52
If you had told me on Wednesday when I was in the emergency room unable to move that on SATURDAY I would be running 16 miles I would have said you were crazy. But it happened.
I dressed for the run, put a $20 bill in my pocket [for a taxi] and headed out with the intention of seeing how far I could go. I was lucky enough to have some friends for the first 10 miles, and that REALLY helped. One of the group running with me happens to be a doctor, so it was like having my own medical staff.
The truth is my back loosened up as I did the run/walk. Up to about 14 miles I was feeling about as good as ever. The last two, as my running form began to get worse, so did my back. GREAT lesson there for me on the importance of core strength.
So I've got an 18 and a 20 miler left before the marathon. My whole mindset has switched to just getting to the starting line healthy. There'll be no risk-taking of any kind in the next several weeks. Easy does it, as the saying goes.
Waddle on, friends.