TITLE: Rain, Not Pain
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: April 30, 2006 1:58 PM
After four weeks of 21.5 miles each -- pure coincidence
-- as I recovered from bothersome bugs and
I finally have had a real week of running. I ran
8.5 miles last Sunday, then put in 23 miles Monday
through Friday. I ran easily, with a couple of speedy
miles here and there, but mostly I was just happy to be
on the road again.
This morning, I got together with an old friend, a
teammate from my
first marathon in Chicago
who used to lead the superb children's theater program at
He has since moved to Little Rock but was back in town for
a short weekend. Both of us wanted to take it easy for our
legs, so we headed out for a moderate 11.5 miler
along the trails he used to run. What made the run toughest
was the fact that it rained all morning, and we occasionally
ran into a stiff headwind. But we ended with much the same
feeling I had after Friday: feeling good, and happy to run
without pain or other impediment. I can now get ready for
an end-of-June half-marathon and a few 5Ks in the meantime,
and he can taper into the
three weeks hence. Good luck, Greg!
I'm pleased to have a 34.5 mile week under my belt.
I now hope that the last few weeks' relative rest have
prepared my body for a fun summer of training.