On my vision board, I have a picture of the Boston marathon. This picture in my mind has been there for years and years. I’ve googled running plans and how to prepare for a race and what shoes to buy and even researched how I was going to get to the Boston marathon.
The Boston marathon has been on my mind since that bombing that has happened. I remember watching a movie on it about how it all went down, crazy stuff. The route I would take to get there would be to qualify at the Toronto marathon which is closer to my home.
Back when I was in public school for the gym they would have us run around the soccer posts a few times. Then during lunch, there was a terry fox race. I always attended those and always gave my best. There was a cross country trail that was at my school that we would all train for , for our yearly race.
I don’t know what it was but I loved running, I always felt like I was fast, even if I wasn’t quite the fastest. There were times when I would hit a brick wall and felt like I couldn’t breathe and go on any further. At that time of my life, I had found out that I had a lung condition where I had to have a puffer.
My father was a smoker in the home and had been trying to quit for years. Every time I would get into the car, the car would fill up with smoke and I would be exposed to these gasses that probably caused me to have asthma. As time passed my father eventually quit smoking for good. And I remember myself not having to need a puffer anymore.
In high school, I was part of the long distance running team for at least one season. I remember being entered into a race and got in the top 10 of about 200 kids a few times in races that we had to board a bus and travel to enter. Climbing up and down hills and following others and passing people who didn’t pace themselves at the beginning.
Fast forward to a few years ago. I had suddenly had this urge to run. I was slightly overweight and decided I needed to do something about it. I decided that no matter what I was going to go for a run each night. 6 days a week.
Being out of shape, this was a bad idea. I had worked my way up to 10 kilometers as I felt my lungs and heart finally catch up with me in a few weeks or so time. Everything was going great. My path took me on a slight incline for the first half of the run and coming back I was on a slight decline. I feel that this is part of what caused things to go wrong.
I was pushing myself too hard and trying to progress to fast. I ended up pulling a calf muscle and had to limp the rest of the way home. My body wasn’t in good enough shape yet and although I wanted to push myself to go farther and faster I was working against myself and not allowing myself time to heal between runs.
This year, I’ve started running again, and hope to be able to keep it up. My plan this time is to run every other day, run 1 kilometer, which I have already done. Repeating this process until I can run it comfortably again then continue to do it for five times more after that. Then I hope to increase the length and progress like that until I’m at 10 kilometers again. By the time I”m ten at kilometers my body will have caught up with the progress and I shouldn’t have any worry about injuring my calf again.
I have also adopted a one-foot calf raise exercise that seems to be effective in building the muscle there. I’ve also read that having an electrolyte deficiency might cause the calf to seize like it did that day. The hardest part was I had to start from scratch again and by the time it was healed it was starting to become winter again.
Today when I ran the weather was -1 and the wind was blowing quite hard. I do have warm runnings for this and find that I enjoy the elements even if things are a little wack. I still maintain the go for a run no matter what mindset and I think it will serve me well toward my goal of completing my first marathon.
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