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Archive for April, 2011

  I apologize to my two loyal readers, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted.  It’s been a long winter for me and one of a lot of disappointments.

  My marathon training ended on 2/24/2011, the day I came down with para influenza.  I was on the couch for 3 solid weeks.  After the second week, I felt good enough to try to run.  I attempted a 12 miler and I honestly think that put me back on the couch for the third week.  When I did start feeling better, I attempted to prep myself to do the half marathon.  Then my sinuses flared up and I strained my left calf.  It was at that point that I called it off and scheduled my first ever sinus surgery, which was just a week and a half ago.

  I knew that I couldn’t come back from missing 3+ weeks and run a sub 4 marathon.  There was a chance to run the half and just get through it, but honestly, I couldn’t make myself do it.  I’m not interested in surviving another half marathon…I want to run a strong half or full.  So, I shut it down and starting working toward getting myself ready for the Columbus Marathon on October 16, 2011.

  I am beyond disappointed for several reasons.  First, I really did enjoy the hard training I was doing.  In fact, my last strong week was a 7 mile threshold run on Friday, followed by a 16 mile run with the last 5 at marathon pace on Saturday.  It was hard, but I really felt a sense of accomplishment.

  I’m also disappointed because I won’t be running with my CFF Team, Team for Life.  I love running with the team and have really missed it.  And finally, I’m disappointed because I think this may be my coach’s last year with the team.  If that is the case, I’ll be upset that I don’t get to run with him during the last Pig for the team.  I guess I’ll find out in the summer.

  So, look for me to run the Columbus Marathon in under 4 hours.  It’s still a tall order but I think it will be easier given the flat course and the fact that I’m working on my shin issues and have my sinuses fixed.  It will also give me more time to fund raise for the CFF.  If you’re reading this and haven’t had a chance to donate, I’d appreciate you considering a donation.  The site can be found here.

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