I want to wish a big good luck and lots of positive (warm) mojo to all those heading out to Ironman St. George this weekend. I know that Training Payne is going to be there, along with my Beginner Triathlete buddy Steve A, The Fat Cyclist and his wife, The Runner, Caleb at Daily Mile, Onehourironman, and Scott K. Best of luck to you all (and anyone I forgot to mention!)
I recently read the story of Rosie Swale-Pope and her 5 year run around the world (including Greenland and Siberia) for various charities and to highlight the importance of cancer awareness and early detection. After she completed her run around the world she wasn't as tired as she thought she would be, so she decided to run 26 marathons in 26 days for charity. Today should be marathon number 25 if all goes as planned. And she happens to pull this thing behind her, which she sleeps and carries all needed gear in. Oh, yeah, she is 63.
I am nearing the end of my second week without running. I am about to explode - not so much for not running as for not being able to. I am feeling good about the time on the bike. Working on sneaking in a swim somewhere too - I can't wait for the water to get above 42 degrees so I can swim without driving an hour and fifteen minutes first.
The good news is, I am pretty sure the calf is getting better, but I am waiting until Sunday before I try a light 3 miler. Thanks for the great suggestions to use compression, The Stick, and foam roller - I have some X2U compression sleeves that I use and love, but am thinking that I might invest in a pair of X2U socks as well. I have been beating my calves alternately with The Stick and the foam roller and it definitely has helped a lot.
I want to close with this, my plan for my two upcoming races.
I mentioned to my buddy Steve (who talked me into my first marathon) that I was a wee little bit (a lot) stressed about my upcoming marathon given my lack of running (for a week and a half now). His advice come race time?
It’s simple – go until you stop and if you are not done, go some more. Piece of cake.
~ Steve W