The Day After


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I am glad for the time off and the chance to get away from work far a few extra days. But today mark the beginning of the training cycle for the Country Music Marathon. I have done a few runs off and on since my last post. I seemed to have recover from my case of shin splints. They are still a bit sore but it is gradually going away.

I have come to the conclusion most of the probelm stems from poor running form and gettting sloppy at the end of a hard run. I picked up the book Chi Running. I was a bit sceptical at first, but it seems to have worked for me. By concentrating on increasing my forward lean and landing on my midfoot instread of heel striking, I have not had the shin pain when I run. I did 9.5 miles this morning and had no problem.

I am thinking of getting a running coach to evaluate my running motion to see if I can improve even more. I would rather run a bit slower and avoid the injuries then run fast and on the edge of injury. I guess it is the fact that I turn 46 in a few days. I don’t want to spend my time injured. I don’t recover as fast as I once did.

I have also kicked around the idea of doing some ultra events (longer then a marathon) after the CCM. I also wanted to use the opportunity to raise money. I got the idea from Lisa Smith-Batchen website

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