But based on some of your comments, some of you also seem to think that because I run like a thousand miles a week, and ran fast enough ONCE to make it to Boston, that I am some sort of running authority or something ... BUT YOU COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG!!! I constantly commit running faux pas! Here are a few of my most note worthy ...
- From 2006-2008 I ran with size 10-1/2 shoes because I thought they would make me lighter and faster (my foot is an 11-1/2 to 12!) Result ... a two year case of Morton's Neuroma! Brilliant!!!
|My actual foot and shoes!|
- I read an article once that denounced stretching for runners ... so I thought I would test the theory. I didn't stretch for about a 6 month period before or after running. Result ... my only real bout with ITB pain that lasted about 2 months and drastically affected my Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon! Smooth!!!
|Even babies know they should stretch ... and they're stupid!|
- I run comfortably at 7:30-8:00/miles, but in my first marathon, The 2009 Little Rock Marathon, I ran my first mile at 6:30 and my second at 6:59 ... ummm, I hit the wall at mile 14! Very well thought out!!!
|Reenactment of 1st two miles of Little Rock|
- I tried to run the 2009 Kansas City Marathon without ANY WATER! I had read that some elite athletes have tried it ... so genius here thought he would too ... crashed at 22 with cramps! Result ... bought a CamelBak! Soooooo smart!!!
|Water ... wat...|
- I didn't know that the tradition with the girls of Wellesley College at Boston was to KISS THEM for good luck ... I thought it was the other way around. When I ran through the scream tunnel, I motioned to one of the young ladies and pointed to my cheek as if to say "Kiss me here!" She literally dropped her sign, put her hands up, turned red, covered her mouth and laughingly screamed, "Noooooo!" The two runners behind me died laughing ... I just pulled my hat down and ran faster! Nice one PERV!!!
|Wheeeeeeew ... KISS ME!!! (Unless you're a 42 year old perv!!!)|
So as you can see, I am still VERY MUCH a work in progress as far as running goes. I was thinking about carrying a baton and marching like a drum major for the first two miles of this weekend's marathon ... I've heard it really helps with high knee kicks! Any ideas?
... be great today!