Pet Care for the New Millennium
Mark Peterson, D.V.M.
January 17 2010. Ok, this makes my third marathon. The first one
was here in Houston last year. I wasn't completely prepared for
it, I was anxious as hell and it hurt. I mean my feet hurt A LOT
but I finished it and checked that box off of some list and was
never going to do it again.
N olled around. I had decided I needed to do another one because
with a little preparation I thought it would go much better and
I would enjoy it or at least it wouldn't hurt so much. Anyone that
was in San Antonio knows just how warm a day that was. I was well
trained and confident. Too confident it turned out as I decided
I could do a nice easy 5k Saturday before I headed to San Antonio.
And that was fun, a nice cool morning a small group (something like
30-35 runners for a 5k) and a new PR. So much for an easy 5k right?
Anyway another 6 miles walking around San Antonio that night and
warmer than expected temperature in the morning made it an all together
After getting home from San Antonio I started thinking ahead to
Houston and trying to learn from my mistakes. Re-evaluated my training
program to include more speed work and drop from 45 miles a week
to 35 and I'm all set. In fact I went to Dallas for the White Rock
and did the half there setting another pr. Things are looking great
until I pull an Achilles tendon a week later. So fast forward to
Sunday morning. I'm nervous again because I haven't done the long
runs I wanted, in
carry on at what feels like a nice easy pace.
| fact I haven't done more than 13
miles since November 15th. I know my ankle and Achilles are
a bit iffy. By the way that KT tape they sell at the expo does
seem to work miracles. And generally I'm concerned about my
poor performance in San Antonio. So I line up near the 5:00
pace group (thinking I might be fooling myself but you have
to line up somewhere). I meet a first timer named Scott who
is really nervous and start chatting. Finally the gun goes off
for wave 2 and we take off nice and easy. I pace him for the
first 3 miles just going along easily so as not to screw up
his plan and to see how I feel. We are clicking along about
10:45-11:30 pace and surprise, surprise, I'm enjoying myself.
Well Scott's plan calls for lots of walking so I leave him to
his plan and
We are clicking along about 10:45-11:30 pace and surprise,
surprise, I'm enjoying myself. Well Scott's plan calls for
lots of walking so I leave him to his plan and carry on at
what feels like a nice easy pace. I even manage to spot my
wife near the finish line cheering me in.
And that is that. I finished at 4:49:34, well above my expected
pace and thrilled to death. I set a PR and more importantly
I'm still smiling!!!
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