From Pa to Marathon Weekend 2020

PaDisneyCouple

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I told DW today that I was going to start a training journal for our MW 2020 and CC 5k journey, so here we go.

Who we are: 2 adults, no kids. Temporarily without greyhound.
Me (DH): currently injured. Quadriceps tendonitis. Didn't have the car door open enough, and slammed my left knee into the door frame on the passenger side of the car one day. Then ran 4 miles. Then 5 more times in the next week. Bad idea. Saw ortho about 12 days ago. Just messaged them asking if this is normal recovery, as pain on flexing continues, with some stiffness. Will see if PT, massage, or more imaging is the next step.

DW: currently running. So proud and happy for her. Robbed of her first half in 2015 at W&D by thunderstorms (aka- half a half). Robbed of inaugural 2-course challenge W&D in 2016 by a stress fracture that was diagnosed the day before we flew to MCO. Triumphant in her finish of DS 2018. I love the photo of her, arms outstretched, smile for miles, crossing the finish line.

Max: the reason we started running. The professional runner of the family. Almost 140 races between Massachusetts and Florida. Loved spring and fall. We identified at least 6 gears, plus afterburner. Knew that when the human on the leash said "easy" he needed to slow down. His 3rd gear was a full sprint for us. Fastest race: 500+ yards in under 32 seconds. Passed away 12/22/18 at almost 15.

Our first race:
11/25/2010 Turkey Trot 5k. Finished 1 minute apart. The hug in the finish chute when we found each other: one of our happiest memories.

rD experience:
2015 W&D half a half
2016 W&D
2018 DS

Why MW 2020?
There are a number of things that we put off for Max: new roof, new flooring, and new carpet. We didn't want to bring that stress into his life (pounding, changes to the house he'd known for 10+ years). Those projects are nearing completion. As we laid out the plans for our time between greyhounds, we talked about a vacation. Somewhere or something we wouldn't usually do with a hound around. MW won out over Alaska, Hawaii, and Europe. We didn't want to bring another hound into the house, only to disappear for long periods as we trained. So MW 2020 it was.

What events?
DW Half, CC 5k challenge
DH Goofy, CC 5k challenge
 

PaDisneyCouple

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So once again it looks like I'll be maintaining this journal. :rolleyes1

I had a great run today on our local rail trail. Got there early and there were not many people on the trail. Perfect weather to start 63 degrees and dewpoint 52. Best weather yet this summer. Saw a deer in the 2nd mile and said to myself, this is worth getting out here early. The trail became busy with runners, bikers, and walkers. When I finished 10 miles the parking lot was probably 95% full; when I started it was probably 25% full. Once again I reminded myself of the benefit of getting there early.

Mrs. PADC
 

PaDisneyCouple

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Mr. PADC here tonight.
Looks like I've been shirking my duties...
well, the MRI was a bust. It was so loud, I couldn't even hear myself think. The ear plugs were too skinny to fit my ears, and they put the headphones on upside down (the band was under my chin). This meant very little dB reduction, as well as NO music to distract. When the machine said the next scan would last 10 minutes, I said "no more".

PT has been the complete opposite. 2 sessions, and I can see gains. He's been working on getting things stretched out. Used some sort of stainless steel boomerang on me last week. That was some trigger point stuff! But it seems to have helped quite a bit.

Yesterday, I ran in the afternoon heat after working all day. 5.2 miles with no tightness/stiffness during the first mile. That's the first time that's happened in weeks. Last Sunday to yesterday totaled just over 18 miles. Most in 7 days since I shut things down 6/17!

One of my August goals was to double the 26.1 miles I ran in July. I plan on 3-4 tomorrow morning. With that, I will already be greater than the July total already.
 

PaDisneyCouple

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DH here, with an update from Pa:

DW nailed her PoT 10-miler in late August. Another @DopeyBadger training plan success! Speaking of DB, I got to run with him while in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago. A wonderful afternoon run, followed by dinner with DB and his family. Wonder if G still loves her "sticky gloves"?

Our DCL booking window for spa, excursions, dining, etc. opens soon, so DW and I have been drawing up plans: Palo dinner first night is always a quiet romantic way to start a cruise for us. Hoping for Palo brunch for our sea day. The CC 5k Challenge is already booked through rD. Also hoping to get a wine tasting experience.

And in breaking news... I graduated from physical therapy today! Knee is at least 95% back to normal. Today's run called for the fastest pacing since the race in June 2 days before I banged it on my car. While I didn't hit the goal paces, I was surprised to look at the data once home and see I didn't do too bad. No pain, stiffness, or tenderness. Now I can start trying out some of the new running clothes I've purchased over the summer. I wanted to wait until "better" to try them, as an inspiration.
 


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