Tuesday, October 6, 2009

'One Week' since I ran...

"Its been one week since you looked at me
Cocked your head to the side and said Im angry.
Five days since you laughed at me
Saying get that together come back and see me.
Three days since the living room
I realized its all my fault, but couldnt tell you
Yesterday youd forgiven me
But itll still be two days till I say Im sorry"*

One entire week with no running and I feel LAME-O! Bluntly put, icing, compressing, elevating and most of all learning to REST my injury is a NO BUENO with a capital SUCK! As of this morning my left Achilles tendon looks normal again. No more cankle! It feels good too. I almost gave Running a try a couple days ago, but after researching Achilles injuries I decided another few days of rest would be a safe bet. In the meantime I've tried to occupy myself with other activities that do not stretch/stress the Achilles very much like bicycling, weight training and even wakeboarding (more on that last one in a second). The most exciting thing for me however, is the fact that I completely re-organized my Disney Marathon training schedule! It's a 26-week program and I was in the 14th week when Mr. Achilles decided to protest like a little bitch. Originally, my schedule ended 3-weeks before the race on January 10, 2010. This works out perfectly now since I've had to take a step backwards with this nagging injury (2 steps forward, 1 back is my motto). I've reworked it, re-tooled it and feel like I'm back on track and it leads all the way up to race day. Here are the remaining once a week long runs in countdown fashion:

14 weeks to go - 8 miles
13 weeks to go - 12 miles
12 weeks to go - 14 miles OR 10 miles depending on how I feel
11 weeks to go - Daytona Beach Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
10 weeks to go - 15 miles
9 weeks to go - 17 miles
8 weeks to go - 19 miles
7 weeks to go - 21 miles
6 weeks to go - 13 miles (or maybe the annual Ed Root 10k)
5 weeks to go - 12 miles
4 weeks to go - 23 miles
3 weeks to go - 12 miles
2 weeks to go - 13.1 miles OR 10 miles depending on how I feel with the taper.
1 D-Day - Disney Marathon (26.2 miles)

I realize that weeks 10-7 to go don't have a "short" long run in them, but I really want to get some long distance runs under my belt. So far I only have a 16.5 mile run with Redhead Running and then a bunch of 13-miler or shorter runs to show. The training schedule that I'm using as a foundation is meant for someone that only wants to finish as a goal. This of course is my only goal, but being a rookie in the world of Marathons I tend to question everything. Anybody have suggestions? I'm all ears!

As for the wakeboarding, I've got to post a few pictures. It's been super flat for at least 10 days now. Surfers get kind of stir crazy when this happens. Sunday afternoon a few longboarder friends of mine and I decided to "experiment" behind my boat with a beat up old longboard, some costumes and a couple of wakeboards, and yes, I was in the Pride of the Sunshine Gator Marching band about 10 years ago! Go Gators! (click the pictures to enlarge)

Noseriding band geek I am!

Look Mom, no fins... backwards and goofy stance!

This is going to hurt!

Ok, so maybe I don't bleed orange and blue, but I still bleed!


Brian taking a tumble. He rips way better than he wipes out!

Tandem couple shot! This was awesome!

Dueling wakeboards???

Sunday turned out to be a real "Fun Day" after all. A day on the water beats any day at work whether there are waves or not! Tomorrow is the day. I'm feeling it. I'm going to give Running another chance... and hopefully in the next post we'll be back together again! I'm stoked!

92 Days Until Disney!!!

"It's been one week since you looked at me
Dropped your arms to your sides and said I'm sorry
Five days since I laughed at you
And said you just did just what I thought you were gonna do
Three days since the living room
We realized were both to blame, but what could we do?
Yesterday you just smiled at me..."

* Lyrics are from Barenaked Ladies "One Week," if you haven't figured it out, which also makes a good song for the iPod running playlist!


  1. yeah!, nice to hear it from you man.. keep stoked! & enjoy.

  2. Dude you are quite inspiring...wow!
    The words are lovely as well!!
    Continue to enjoy~

  3. even though you aren't running, at least you're remaining active. if that was to happen to me, I'd be off pouting in bed everyday doing nothing about it, haha!

  4. A few more days?? Listen to your veterinarian (I do sports med with horses) and give it a lot more time than that. Tendons don't heal over night. That is, unless you want to reinjure it... Thanks for coming by. Glad you liked the post!

  5. Thanks for stopping by Team HQ. Good luck healing that achilles. Take it easy. And remember alcohol reduces pain and improves confidence. Cheers!