Running the Bellingham Bay Half-Marathon

I have selected a race for my first half-marathon. I did not want to venture too far away from home and needed something in the late-September/early-October timeframe. A group of TB’s running buddies recommended the Bellingham Bay Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, September 28. Both the marathon (1,000 runners max) and half-marathon (3,000 runners max) begin at 7:30 AM.

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I started training 7 weeks ago and I am now very excited now that I am registered for an actual race that is only 6 weeks away. That’s the good news.

The bad news is I strained a ligament and lower hamstring in my right leg during my long run 10 days ago. Soreness has prevented me from running since the injury and it’s likely another round of physical therapy is in my future. I don’t think the strain is severe but I still have to take it easy for a few more days. In the interim, this means my exercising consists of stationary bike and elliptical only. Yay! Not.

$600 Man

I completed the last of five physical therapy appointments last week so Michael, our trainer, cleared me to do a couple extended runs this weekend. Today I did five minute intervals with 90 second recovery periods over the duration of what turned out to be a 60-minute, 4.77 mile run. The voice of Lance Armstrong congratulated me at the end for my longest run yet. (See the Nike+ badge at the bottom of the sidebar.)

Both my knee and ankle felt fine during the run. Actually, both joints and the nearby ligaments felt much better than they have in a long time. Kudos to my physical therapist, Jessica, who, during our initial consultation, said she could rebuild me. She had the technology. She could make my knee and ankle better than they were…stronger…faster. OK, I’m no Steve Austin, and the therapy was tough. In fact, I never looked forward to any of my appointments because Jessica pushed me so hard.

In the end, the physical therapy racked up about $600 in fees which my medical insurance covered. That was great news because I would have hated to mess up my ankle or knee kicking somebody in the assets.

Mission Accomplished

I completed my 12 runs in 4 weeks goal yesterday (Wednesday). Yippee! Check out my nifty video showing the animated Nike+ completion widget. You may need to click the picture to get it to replay.

Of course, in the process of completing my goal, I aggravated a couple old sports injuries (torn meniscus, broken ankle) and now I’m spending 6 weeks doing physical therapy. I am under strict, no-running-until-you-complete-PT orders from Michael. That means my Nike+ wings are effectively clipped for the time being. It’s all elliptical and stationary bike for a couple weeks. 🙁

Here is where I’m leaving off, for the time being, in both iTunes and the Nike+ site:

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As the governor of California would say: “I’ll be back!”