Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Amazing Recovery!

I would have never believed that I feel as good as I do three days after running a 50 mile race. The only thing holding me back is my left achilles which is no worse than it was after the Charlottesville 10 miler! I feel WAY better than I did after CIM. I looked back on the blog and I didn't run for 5 days after CIM and was only able to jog for 30 minutes. I only ran two more times the rest of the year and I remember it taking almost 6 weeks to feel like myself again on the roads. This has been much easier. I always wondered how these guys and gals run a 50 mile trail race once a month, now I know.

I have no races on the schedule until July 4th for the Newhall Independence Day 5k, where I would like to break 18 minutes (I haven't since college). So the next 2 and a half months would be a gradual build up to some weekly track work/intervals. I don't think my achilles would handle that well right now.

Then next event for the Stutelbergs is the Iron Girl Triathlon which Andi is competing in on May 15th. This will be her first triathlon and she is excited to see how well she can do and how much she enjoys the event.

The Boston Marathon was this Monday and we followed it online at work. It seems like so long ago that I ran, but it was only Boston 2008. I delt with hamstring cramping early on and bonked on the Newton Hills, limping in at 3:13:56 (slow considering I went though the half in 1:28).

This year, Robert Cheruiyot (the younger) won with an amazing course record by almost 1.5 minutes in 2:05:52!

Ryan Hall ran the fastest American time on the Boston course in 2:08:41 but was only good enough for 4th place! Meb was 5th 2:09:26. The story is that Ryan rubbed Mebs head as he passed him late in the race. Americans placed 4, 5, 9, and 12.

Dale Lister from Palmdale ran a PR, closing strong in 3:19:30. At 40k I think he was still on pace to be just over 3:20. Nice finish Dale, congratulations.

Dave Hoglund of Lancaster ran 3:32:52 a very respectable time.

Justin Patananan of Palmdale faded in the second half and finished in 2:27:26, good enough for 50th place!


Dale Lister said...

Thanks for the mention in your blog, and the link... Thanks even more for your helpful advice about logistics.... I took a blanket with me to Hopkington and had something to sit on and stay warm with up until time to head to the starting corrals.....I will be planning on the 4th race as well, but will probably throw in some others sooner....

Chuck said...

Glad to hear that you have recovered so quickly. Breaking 18 minutes in the Newhall Independence Day 5K should be a challenging but achievable goal. Since I have started following your blog, I have noticed that you are very good at planning your training and then executing on race day!