First Day of Training

Today was the first day of my training for the Bay to Breakers.  It’s kind of sad actually because it’s been over a month since I signed up… and less than a month until the foot race!  Today I walked 4.4 miles around Lake Merced, and it took me 1:33:45!  That’s over 21 minutes per mile and unacceptable!  During the first mile, my Achilles tendonitis flared up almost immediately, but it did subside afterwards leaving me with a little bit of pain.  However, it’s discouraging because that dictates how the training starts.  I did stretch prior to the walk and during, but the pain goes away when it’s ready to.  At the start of the second mile, the back of my left knee started hurting; it’s never done that before, so I was worried, but eventually that subsided as well.  The rest of the walk was pretty uneventful.  I will have to remember to bring more water though as I almost ran out.

I’m happy that I finished the walk around the lake even though I haven’t actually exercised for several months… maybe it’s more than several months.  However, I have a lot of training to make up in the next three weeks.  My plan is to walk four days a week, two on flat surfaces and once on the treadmill at 11% grade for .7 miles to simulate the Hayes Street Hill.  OK, I’ll have to work up to that so that I don’t injure myself.  This is going to be extremely challenging because of how soon the race is, but the fault is all mine… well almost, but I’m not getting into those other details.  I’ve also figured out where I’m going for my next long run next Sunday.  I’m going to walk six miles on the Sawyer Camp Trail in Millbrae.  It’s a total of 6 miles one way, but it’s well-marked, so I’ll go turn back at the three mile marker.  I’ve done this several times the last time I trained for the marathon (circa 2004).

In the mean time, I’ll have to keep stretching out my Achilles tendon in hopes it won’t inflame or as much.  Toodles until next time…

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