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September 27, 2008

Marathon Week 14, Day 6

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 19:50

The dreadful ache in my thighs, residual from Tuesday’s Good Medicine workout, is steadily making its way out, but Thursday’s 1-mile repeats left me with an injury in my soleus that will take a few more days to heal. Because of this, I did not run with the dozen people putting in 15 miles today.

I am not sure how good it was for my mental health, but I showed up this morning anyway to act as support crew for today’s runners. It got me just close enough to the action that I really missed running with them!

Everyone looked so strong through the first six miles. After that 6-mile checkpoint, I separated from the course to avoid driving to the Rose Bowl (UCLA home game against Fresno State) and moved to the ten-mile mark. Everyone was still doing well when they got to me, but some of them, perhaps forgetting that they had been running for over an hour and a half, expressed concerned over fatigue setting in. But I am happy to report that they all finished the route in excellent form. I have got to get better soon so I can join them again.

One especially fun part of the morning: a lot of people from outside of our world are starting to run the route in preparation for the marathon. Our crew look at least as strong as any of them.

Also… Ted and Juanita rocked the course today!

Marathon Start Time Posted

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 17:15

Maybe this has been on the marathon’s web site all along, but I just found the following at

Q: What time do the various race-day events start?
A: Bike Tour, 6:00 a.m.
  Marathon & Half Marathon, 6:30 a.m.
  5K & Fun Run/Walk, 6:50 a.m.

I like the fact that our marathoners and half-marathoners will get to start together.

September 26, 2008

Marathon Week 14, Day 5

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 21:09

It is supposed to be a CrossFit/Bootcamp day, but my legs are in as much pain as they were yesterday. So my workout: take the whippets on a walk. The small hills at the top of Lake Ave. were a significant challenge. 🙁

September 25, 2008

Marathon Week 14, Day 4

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 18:58

Despite the fatigue still firmly in my quads, I met Jeff, Jim, and Ted this morning at the middle school to run four one-mile repeats. The stiff legs definitely held me back. Here are my times:

  1. 6:33
  2. 6:29
  3. Did not finish
  4. Did not even start

With about 300 meters left in my third mile, I started to feel pain in my right hamstring and calf. I tried to handle it by slowing down and adjusting my stride, but when that did not work, I thought it safest to walk the rest of the way. I am glad I stopped; I now have a sharp pain in my soleus and an ache in my hamstring. Time now for a few days of unscheduled rest.

I hear that Tommie is also injured, possibly in his Achilles tendon.

September 24, 2008

Marathon Week 14, Day 3

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 20:46

This is a Rest Day, and I am glad; those med-ball cleans from yesterday have my thighs extremely sore. I went for a couple of miles’ hike this evening in the hope of loosening them up. Maybe it helped, but they are still in bad shape.

September 23, 2008

Marathon Week 14, Day 2

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 18:35

Today’s “Good Medicine” CrossFit workout at the academy loosened up all the stiffness in my hip from yesterday. Just the wall squats we did for warm-up worked wonders!

The assignment: complete as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) in 20 minutes of

  • 10 Med Ball Cleans (M-20lbs, W-16lbs)
  • 10 Push-ups

Lawrence and I, working side by side, completed 17 rounds together. The mark we set at 0600 would hold up for most of the day–until Tom B. caught us, and then some crazy guy named Steve E. knocked out 20 of them! Full Results

I knew by round 7 that my legs were going to be sore from this one. And for the rest of the day, my quads have been wead from the workout. I wonder whether Lawrence feels the same way. Tomorrow is, I am thankful, a rest day.

September 22, 2008

Marathon Week 14, Day 1

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 18:28

I stayed up late Sunday night and slept in a little this morning. When I got up and headed  out to warm up for my 5-mile mid-tempo run, I did not feel quite right–a little bit of stiffness in my left hip. And when I saw how much more traffic is on the streets at 6:40am compared to 6:00am, I decided to pack it in without the miles. 

September 21, 2008

Marathon Week 13, Day 7

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 17:36

Liz Goodman Logelin Memorial 5k

A coworker and friend of a close friend of mine went through “life and death. all in a 27-hour period.” 

September 19, 2008

Marathon Week 13, Day 5

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 22:31

Speed Work: After 10-20 minutes of warm-up, run 800m six times with a maximum of two minutes of recovery between runs.

I met Hope and John at Arcadia High School’s track for this one. The football team must have been playing away tonight. Results:

  1. 2?57
  2. 2:57
  3. 2:58
  4. 2:56
  5. 2:58
  6. 2:57

Had it not been for the nice rubberized track, these times would have mostly gone over 3:00 because yesterday’s Fight Gone Bad still has me pretty tired.

September 18, 2008

Marathon Week 13, Day 4

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 17:29

Team-9–which meets, of course, at 0900 hours–let me join them at the Academy for today’s CrossFit WOD: Fight Gone Bad. This was my third or fourth time at this workout, and I topped my earlier score of 269, posting a 282. Box jumps, as always, were my strong suit; I jumped 40, 40, and 33 in each round. My rowing dropped off each time, going 15, 13, and finally 9.

Good news for me: my other stations held at 15 nearly every round. (On my second set push-presses, I hit only 13.)

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