Thursday, November 12, 2009

Boston 2010

Call me crazy (ok - I'll do it - your crazy) but with the Marathon looking like it's going to fill up within a few more days and my Boston qualifier race ready to expire (no good for 2011) - I signed up (it so happens to fall this year right on my 43rd Birthday).

5 months away - I am optomistic about my odds to finish - but it most definately will not be a race - to have fun and cross a finishline is all I want at this point.

Prior to signing up I did go get another MRI - my 4th of the year:
1st - 1/2009 - indicated a stress fracture
2nd - 4/2009 - indicated I'd aggrevated the stress fracture adding a crack trying to come back too soon (at the time I could barely walk for a week and feared not just my running carreer but perhaps my walking carreer was over)....advise was to expect 3-6 months to heal.
3rd - 7/2009 - indicated significant improvement (I'd hope so as I'd done nothing at all exersizing since the prior)....but not perfect.
4th - 11/2009 - no indication of any problem whatsoever (Yahoo!!!!).

This doesn't mean I'm ready to go out and run miles and miles and in fact I am only very very slowly pregressing back this time. My schedule which I copied from Kate recovering from the same injury with what appears excellent PT guidance on such things has been something like this:

3 weeks - ~10 miles total split up thru the week - 4 minutes walking, 30 seconds jogging - max ~3 miles at once.
3 weeks - ~12 miles total split up thru the week - 4 minutes walking, 60 seconds jogging - max ~4 miles at once.

I've just finished the above and now I'm moving on to 90 second jogging and a little more mileage.

Add to that a local PT has given me a bunch of strength training to do ~25 minutes per day that I've been doing about a week.

With this there is some soreness in the hip and buttock but with the MRI clear I'm more convinced it is soft tissue stuff that can be rolled out and deminished with the PT.

Its going to be a long road to get to Boston but I'm looking forward to it.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey John!
Brilliant news!!!
Very glad that you are starting running again. Good luck! You are an inspiration, both in terms of setting the goals and achieving them, even when ridiculous amount of patience is required...!
I wish you a smooth comeback...!
Season's greetings, too!
Predrag

Neeraj Rohilla said...

Hey John,
Awesome!!!
I look forward to reading more posts about your running.

Cheers,
Neeraj

Anonymous said...

John!
To add to the above:
I did not mention that I am injured nowadays (I ran less then dozen times in last 5 months) and I could not believe that you were taking running one spoonful at the time... So, yes, you are crazy, but "there is a method in your madness!!!"... :o)
I am giving a try to your crazy approach (it is more like walk 1.5 min, jog 2.5 min for me)... Thanks for providing inspiration yet again, dear fella!!!
Cheers!
Predrag

kayry said...

Hey Predrag....sorry you haven't been able to run for 5 months - I certainly know how that feels.

Boston is looking doubtful at this point - I won't rule it out completely but my progress getting back is slower than I'd like.

I've signed up for MS150 same weekend - more than likely I'll be doing that instead although I do have this insane fanticy to hop on a plan after the biking to Boston then run the Marathon on Monday...but the planets would have to align perfectly for that :).

Good luck coming back!!

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