Chicago Marathon 2009
I'm a little stiff but not too bad.
I can tell my training wasn't as good this time. During the run, my legs, between my torso and my top legs hurt so bad. Like they weren't ready or trained enough for the run. My left leg ached, as usual during the first part of the race, but I dealt with it the best I could. I started out too fast, AGAIN! When will I learn. I was running 8 minute miles in the beginning, then got down to less later. Came in around 1:59 for the first half, then after that, things got tough.
Of course, getting a cramp in both of my calf muscles, which started at mile 18, wasn't fun either. I walked the water stations to stretch out my calves and would have to stop along the way to massage my calf so that it wouldn't stiffen up.
Did you ever have that experience when you are laying in bed and all of the sudden your muscle in your leg cramps up? And if you don't catch it right away, your leg or foot (that has the cramp) is a gonner. Then you sit there stiff as a tree limb, trying to get the stiff kink out of your leg or foot that has the cramp, massaging the area to get it loose. Well, that was my experience, but I was trying to catch the cramp before it became stiff. Every time I would speed up the cramp would come back. I had to slow down to so that the cramp wouldn't come back. As I was running the last 10 miles, I would watch people just stop and fall over, because their legs would cramp up and get stiff like that. I'm guessing it had to do with the cold weather and something to do with diet (once again). My brother Brian mentioned he got really cramped up right after the bike portion of a 1/2 ironman. He said it had something to do with salt. So, I'm going to read up on that.
I realize now that the best training for me is to run 13.1 organized races for 4 months before, Plus, throwing in the regular long runs in addition to that, and then run the weekdays well with the stepper as a speedwork piece. I just wasn't as trained this time, which means, my body wasn't prepared for the miles. I was lazier because I used the training schedule. It wasn't enough. My cardio was fine, although, my chest hurt some when I was running, so I guess that is telling to how in shape I was. I also tapered too much the last 2 weeks. I should only taper 2 days right before the race. That seems to work best. My body goes down too quickly when I don't run enough.
That's my two sense from my experience running my 4th marathon, 2nd Chicago marathon.
My next goal is to....
- Start running 13.1 organized runs (based on funding), hope I can start this in January 2010,
- Run 3-13.1 runs and 1-26.2 run each month, for training,
- See if my 26.2 time can get better each time I run the 26.2,
- Work on speedwork, running on the treadmill during training weeks and incorporate speed, like run at 8 min miles (7.5) the full 8 miles on a treadmill each time I run, to get my body use to running the speed. (I know, boring, treadmill, but this really helps push my speed),
- Work on fixing my aching left leg problem,
- on my posture (still),
- Continue to learn and apply best nutrition for training and running,
- Sign up for more 1/2 IronMan competitions (I like those for training),
- Write about my experiences, and
- Incorporate learning lessons in my Bug's Adventure Children's book series (in hopes to share my lessons with children so they can grow from what I learn)
Good experience yesterday, great weather. Cooler works so much better, now only if I would have been in better shape. Blah!