“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Week 13: To Race or Not to Race. That is the question.
This past weekend while I was home preparing for and completing my first Olympic distance triathlon my girlfriend was off island to participate in this year’s NYC marathon as part of the Run for Horner crew. Now unfortunately for Lauren her training for NYC didn’t go as planned. When Lauren first signed up for the race she had plans of improving upon her time from the Toronto marathon which she ran almost a year earlier. However Lauren wasn’t too far along with her training when she started to encounter issues with her IT Band (a very common injury with runners) and instead of focusing on reaching her time target she had to change her focus to staying healthy from week to week. Lauren may very well have spent as many hours doing physiotherapy as she did running. Okay I might be exaggerating slightly but it is safe to say she courageously preserved over more than a few speed bumps in her preparation for New York. I can also tell you that with her injuries came plenty of frustration, for both her and me. In fact with the race day only a few weeks away Lauren made it well known that the New York Marathon was going to be her last marathon. Blasphemous words to my ears...
Lauren arrived in New York last Friday night and shortly after touching down she met up with the participants of Run for Horner and she soon realized she wasn’t the only member of the team to have issues with injuries. By the end of the night Lauren had decided to run the race as a member of Team Injury. Team Injury was made up of Lauren, Nick Quin’s brother Tom and Jo Jo (UK) and there sole focus was finishing the race (with no regard for time) and enjoy every step of the way. As Lauren was the only member of the team who had ever completed a marathon she courageously shared her experience to guide Team Injury on a 6 hour journey through the streets of New York to the finish line some 26.2 miles away. Now I’ve not received her entire race report but her brief comments included the following:
Her initial sentiments have given me hope that I might just be able to convince her to run at least one more marathon (Berlin 2012??) and an email received this morning (Tuesday) has confirmed that she plans on running many more.
Here at A Crazy Idea we truly believe the importance of a balanced and healthy diet as well as regular exercise. Below we have created simple exercise regimes you can follow, either to get you up and active, or running schedules you can follow to get you fit in order to partake at any level in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on December 4, 2011.
Our exercise schedules come in three forms: Beginner walker, Beginner runner and Novice runner and will be updated each week.
Week 13: November 10 to November 16, 2011
Your health is of the utmost importance and not to be neglected. Even though moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, is safe for most people, health experts suggest that you talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.