1651 total / 0 in 2019

Getting back to running and helping my wife complete her first 15K and goal half marathon - Disney Star Wars Jan 2016!

Frank Ackerman ran: Longest run since the...

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  • 9 miles
  • 02:04 time
  • 13:17 pace
  • 1757 calories
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
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injured 9.32 mi 02:04 13:17 pace

Longest run since the 2014 Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon and only the third run since 10k in mid September.

Beautiful fall morning for a run - mid 40s, bright sunshine and no wind, which is a rarity in Chicago. I ran with Rachele, who picked this race as her final stepping stone in preparation for her goal race (Disney Star Wars Half Marathon in January) and for the chocolate. My role this year has been as encourager and coach, so I have run each race with her despite my lack of training. Although she has been concerned for me, I gave continually assured her that I could keep up with her as long as she set the pace. Turns out I ended up setting the pace, which was a blessing in disguise.

We jogged at about a 12 min/mile pace for most of the race while walking through the water stops. This was my first long distance run with my TMJ mouthpiece (no more gum chewing, food or energy drinks while I have to wear it - only water), but did fine. High fives lots of folks at this loop in the course between miles 5-6 which was fun.

All was well until the McCormick bus tunnel after mile 8. First clue something was wrong was when my left foot didn't hit the ground when I expected it to, then the second clue was when my toe caught on something on the step up, knocking me off balance. I staggered for a couple of strides and did a full body dive/slide into the smooth concrete and laid there for about 30 seconds. Since Rachele was running behind me, she and a couple of other people stopped to check if I was OK. I made sure I was still in one piece, then slowly got up. Rachele stayed with me to see if I could continue. I told her I would walk a little to see how I felt, but would definitely finish. I then alternated walking and jogging the last mile and a half to complete the race, even finishing about two minutes ahead of Rachele.

The fall did trigger a massive headache that took several days to lower in intensity so I could return to work. It certainly didn't help with the chronic daily headaches I have dealt with for the past year. My knees and tight arm are still sore, but slowly improving.

Now I need to find some time to do a little running for the half 😳