Published on April 6th, 2015 | by karlyn0
An update…and a new challenge!
Just two weeks left to go before the big day! Though I haven’t been posting much, training is going well, I feel ready and am not really that nervous about the run. I know I’ll finish, and that’s all that matters. Here’s an update on what I’ve been up to.
Beatings and Needles, oh my!
For the last few months, in addition to ramping my mileage, I’ve also been really focusing on fixing the ongoing stuff with my legs, particularly my calves. Just like last year, they are cramping just a few miles into my runs, but always loosen up with more distance. My saving graces have been twofold:
- I’ve been regularly seeing a massage therapist, who has been giving strict instructions to beat the hell out of my legs until they submit. And he has held up to his end of the deal! This past weekend, he finally got me to swear during a massage (he was working on an especially tender IT Band) and apparently he considered that an epic victory. But for all my complaining about how painful the massages have been, they work! My legs always feel infinitely better the next day and, over the course of time, my calves have really loosened up. Last year I was also doing fairly regular massage, and it really helped, but it was just so pricey. This year, I discovered Massage Envy, which made it really really affordable. I am definitely running better than I was at this time last year.
- My new experiment this year has been going to the Manchester Community Acupuncture Studio several times a week. I was skeptical about acupuncture but OH MY GOD what a discovery. First off, the community acupuncture model makes it incredibly affordable. They have a $15-$35 sliding scale, and you just pay what you can afford on any given visit. I also appreciate that it’s just a giant room of recliners and you get treated in the same space as other people. It’s one of the most relaxing things I’ve ever done – puts me right to sleep every time. But all that aside, the results have been great. It’s not only fixing problems directly related to marathon training, but generally speaking I’ve been in a much better mood ever since! If you have a community acupuncture place near you, I definitely recommend giving it a try.
I’ll see your 26.2 and raise you 22.4!
Because it seemed like a great idea at the time, this year I have an extra challenge for myself – in addition to running the marathon, Victor and I are going to be doing the BAA Distance Medley, which is a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. The biggest challenge is that the 5K is 2 days before the marathon! I plan for it to be more of a casual jog than anything else, so as not to hurt myself before the marathon.
So overall, I will be running close to 50 miles in Boston Athletic Association races this year (48.6 to be exact!) and, assuming I finish all of them, will earn every participant medal they give out in 2015 – 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, and distance medley. Not to bad for someone who doesn’t consider herself to be a real runner.
$50 for 50 Miles?
There’s still time to make a gift to my marathon fundraising effort! Remember, every dollar you donation goes to fund innovative cancer research through the Barr program at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Please consider a gift of $50 to match the 50 miles I’ll run this year in BAA races!
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I’m running the 2015 Boston Marathon to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support innovative cancer research.