Figure I oughta post something to get this year started. So here it
is. Jon and I will be running San Diego Marathon next Sunday.
I'll, of course be barefoot. Jon will be barefoot or shod depending
on weather. Jon doesn't have the benefit in the American northwest
of living barefoot full-time like I do in here Southern California.
We should be pacing somewhere between 4 and 5 hours.
This will make it a good long fast run to keep me in shape for the
following Sunday when I'll be running another full marathon in
Huntington Beach, Ca.
Hopefully, I won't jinx it by saying that I hope to get a P.R. again
in Huntington Beach. Both times that I ran this marathon, I did P.R.
The first time, was my first barefoot road marathon, and I ran a
P.R. of 4:12:34. The second time I ran a 3:18:50 P.R. Last year I
didn't run this marathon. So, now all I have to do is beat that
3:18:50 which is still my marathon P.R.
All in all I'm feeling pretty good and ready for this task. Had a
few sore tendons in my ankles and one particularly on the top of one
foot (tripped on a sand hill on the beach, gotta remember to pick
those feet up, Doh!) which I rested after Thanksgiving. After some
long slow milage this month, I'm feeling pretty strong.
I'm begining to think that increased pain with age is not necessary,
but rather results from decreased flexibility. And this too is not
directly related to age, but to tension and rigidity. In other
words, we hurt more, because we tense up when we try to move,
instead of being relaxed and flexible like when we were young. When
when we hurt, we tense up even more. It's a viscous cycle. But
hopefully it can be ended, and I'll be young supple, and perhaps
even faster than a few years ago when I ran most of my P.R.s. I'll
let you know how this theory pans out for me over the next 20-30
years or so.
In the meantime, hope to see some people "cheering" us on (avoided
using the word "rooting' as I've discovered, from an Aussie running
partner, that the word "rooting" in Australia means something