Monday, August 16, 2010

Two steps forward, one step back

I felt pretty good this morning. My nasal congestion was better. I was able to start running at a good pace without any calf tightness. My calf felt good so after two miles I decided to pick up the pace. I did my Quartz Hill zig zag hill workout and was ok on the hills. I decided to try and keep my pace even on the rest of the workout. I was running strong uphill at 7:30 pace and easy downhill at 7:30 pace. It is nearly a 7 mile course so I had to add an extra bit at the end to make it 7 even (I finished in 52:30 avg 7:30 pace). As I was running up the last 30 ft hill to my house my right calf tightened up again. Luckily this time I was home and just stopped running. So I immediately went to the back yard, made and ice bath and soaked for 10 minutes before showering and heading off to work. I have been using "the stick" off and on for self massage today and will do an ice massage after posting here. It was definitely a set back. It is sore and tight this afternoon, but not as bad as two weeks ago.

In the US Racing news Leo Manzano ran a PR in the mile this weekend running 3:50.64 putting him 9th on the all time US list. Why is that significant you ask? Well, that time bumped Jim Ryun off the all time US top 10 mile list! Jim's 3:51.1 in 1967 was a World Record at the time. Interestingly, he didn't run that time in Europe, he ran it in Bakersfield, CA just a little over an hour north of here. Now the World Record for the mile is 3:43.13 by Hicham El Guerrouj in 1999. Records are made to be broken, but Jim will always be one of the best, most exciting, and a trail blazer for US track and field.


Ron said...

hmmmm that darn calf. Any conditioning/strengthening going on? =)

Anonymous said...

Jim Ryun is still number 1 in my mind.

Daniel said...

Hey Karl, I've got a question: is $70 a good price for a marathon's registration? Orange County has a special right now for next May. I thought that was a pretty good price for a semi-local, small-to-medium sized race. Plus, it is something like 29 weeks after Portland. It might be a good place for a BQ...after all, Michael qualified running it this year.

Karl Stutelberg said...

Dan, 70 bucks is GREAT for a marathon these days. I just paid 56 bucks for the Santa Clarita Half Marathon! You certainly can find cheaper ones but they are pretty small and you would have to travel farther, so the travel expensese make them more expensive. OC is a well established race with a good sized field. Do you need a pacer?
The cheapest would be to find a deal on flights to Seattle, stay with a friend, and run the Green River Marathon in June. The race is completely FREE!

Chuck said...

Dan, I second Karl's comments. A few weeks ago I paid $145 for the LA Marathon. This morning I took advantage of the $70 price and signed up for the OC Marathon. I believe this could be a good BQ qualifier for you. Other then a short hill out of the Newport Back Bay Trail and the 405 overpass the course is flat. In 2009, on a warm and humid day I ran 3:17.