In The Beginning

This week it’s been fun to see so many runners out. They smile and wave conspiratorially. One lady even even inquired if I was running on Sunday. “Yes!” which is true, but not in the Bay to Breakers this time. It seems quite a few people start training when there’s just a week or two to go. Two years ago I had the good sense to research the little matter of training and followed Hal Higdon’s novice 10K plan, extending the distances by 20%. I cross-trained on my bike, until about halfway through the program I did an “endo” going downhill and broke my wrist. The cast on my arm prevented cycling so I started running full time and have not stopped since.

My long run was a 6-mile loop. The program worked, and I enjoyed the race enough that I wanted to do more. (12k in 1:10:46, thanks for asking) I ran a 5k at the LMJS two weeks later. I couldn’t drive with the cast, so just for fun ran four miles to get to the race. My time: 25:13. I was hooked.

Thanks, Hal.

As for the matter of running with a cast, pumping that arm hurt, so I wore a weighted wrist-band on the other wrist and pumped on that side only. It worked, but my gait was a little asymmetrical for months after that. All my aches and pains were in one leg only.

I had no inkling of running a marathon. That came later.


1 Response to “In The Beginning”

  1. 1 Flo May 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! What a dramatic entrance into the running world – it was truly meant to be.

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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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