Thursday, February 16, 2006

Handling marathon fatigue

I took it pretty easy this morning because my knee was just a little aggravated; very mild, but i've got to be ready for the 9-miler Saturday morning - which by the way, is projected to be even colder and nastier than last saturday. But running in the frigid cold is so much better than running in the exhaustive humidity any day! Today's weather is actually very cold with drizzeling rain that is freezing on the cars. Good thing we worked out inside.

Today's plan was to simulate what our legs will feel like come mile 20 of the marathon. it was a lower leg work out consisting or cycles of running and leg exercises (squats, claf raises, lunges, etc, between each 4 minute run). the intent is to completely exhaust your legs and get the lactic acid building up in the muscle. we also did the seated chair against the wall; with your back against the wall and your feet out a couple feet from the wall, you squat down as if you were sitting in a chair. boy, that got the thighs burning!

the frustrating thing about my lower leg pain is that it starts shortly after i begin running, never gets worse, and stops when i stop running (or within a few minutes). i just don't get it. Professor Dave suggested maybe it was a foot/leg pattern i had - the normal (but problematic) tracking/positioning of my feet/lower legs when i run. i will continue to explore answers.

i noticed from the last post that the "comment" option is indeed working now. Thanks Bob for testing it and thanks Steve for your encouragement.


chris said...

I hope you get the pain source sorted out. I guess it wouldn't be much of a journey without some adversity to test your will. My legs hurt just thinking about running to the end of the driveway.

Don't quit -- it is an inspiration to see someone endure the training and dedication it takes to pull off a marathon. I'm sure Josie is proud.


Bob said...

You can do this Shawn. I know you can!!!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you well on your run tomorrow!!! Stay warm?

Anonymous said...

Previous post was from Bob::)