11 August 2010


I almost feel bad even posting this as a training log entry, but it is taper week and I was helping out one of our youth soccer teams that my son plays on, so the distance covered was secondary. Their coach required a fitness test from them and I figured I'd make myself available as their pacer. Anyone from the U13 boys team that was falling behind me was going to fail to meet the pace required to run the 2 mile distance in under 16 minutes. It ended up being three soccer teams (2 U16 boys teams and 1 U13 boys team) and suffice it to say it wasn't only U13 boys that were falling behind. Some of the U16s struggled as well and they actually had to complete the 2 miles in under 15 minutes. In any case, most kids made it, including my son;-) Thankfully, my calf held up for the run at that pace. While it isn't all that fast for me, I haven"t tried to run any faster than 9 minute miles since I hurt my calf two weeks ago. It must be a deep tissue bruise, because any skin contact in that area absolutely hurts. However, running gets easier as I loosen up. I am confident it won't be an issue at Saturdays LV 35 miler. I might try to go for a barefoot (VFF) walk this evening just to keep loose. Another 100 plus degree day today. I can't keep drinking enough fluids.

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