4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Source of the Pain and some 2010 plans

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I had the most amazing epiphany on Saturday night, when I took some time to ice my (what I’ve been calling) sore thigh/groin/hip.  I was hurting pretty good after the NYC Marathon and fall softball season and have been working on recovery.  I’m feeling much better now and starting to run a lot again, but I still most definitely have some acute pain in there that I would love to get rid of.  It doesn’t bother me much when I run, more discomfort than pain (see previous post on subject), but it is now just a nuisance I am trying to take care of.

Anyway, as I was icing, and feeling around, I FINALLY was able to trace the source of the pain back up to a particular spot, almost all the way to the hip.  I was simply overjoyed that I now know the source of my pain!  Sure enough, when putting pressure on that sort spot, I was able to flex and move my leg with no pain, which I couldn’t really do before.  I had a similar experience with knee injuries in the past, and it amazes me how the sore spot, the source of the pain, can be completely different from where you think the pain is coming from.  In this case, it is clearly a sore spot under my hip, that is causing the pain that I thought was in my groin or thigh.  Now, the clear course of action is to ice that particular spot along with my gym workouts and runs, and I think the pain will start to subside altogether.  At least that is the hope.

Otherwise, I have been running a lot lately and trying really hard to get up to my goal of 800 miles for 2009.  I currently stand at 26 miles for Dec, and need another 68 to get to 800.  Left to my own normal devices, I know I will fall short, so I either need to consistently run 4 times per week, or need to mix in 2 longer runs, one next week, and then another one the last week of the year.  If I can get those 2 long runs in, or continue 4 runs per week, then I will make it!

My immediate future plans call for running the Fred Lebow 5M and the Manhattan Half Marathon.  Then, once the rest of the NYRR schedule comes out, I can solidify the rest of my plans.  I’m intrigued by the 131 Marathon New York, being run in Flushing Meadows and also the E Murray Todd half marathon, which is close to my NJ house.  In addition, there are 2 duathlons early in the year to choose from, one in Prospect Park and one in Central Park.  Haven’t yet scouted out which triathlons I will target.  My spring season will culminate with Rhode Races, a marathon in Providence, RI, which, as of yesterday, I’m officially registered for.

So, a time to finish up the year strong, reflect on the year’s accomplishments (and failures) and also look ahead to what I hope will be a great 2010.


Written by SCL

December 8, 2009 at 7:43 pm

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  1. I hope to run the E. Murray Todd 1/2 as well. Looks like a challenging local 1/2 marathon.

    I’m also looking forward to finishing 2009 on a high note and to what 2010 has in store.


    December 8, 2009 at 9:42 pm

  2. You have a very good plan. I’m a bit fed up with NYRR so I am also looking at the 13.1 Marathon New York and others.

    You absolutely get to 900 for 2009! It’s a great accomplishment and you deserve to do it and then celebrate like crazy. That’s a lot of miles my friend.

    a marathoner

    December 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm

  3. Great plans Scott. You are practically there for the 800 now!

    I am so glad that you were able to pinpoint the source of the pain and now know what to do about it. That is awesomeness!!!

    2010 is going to rock for you!!! I am thinking about the 13.1 marathon but I signed up for the MORE half the end of April. Hmmmm…you got me thinking now!!!


    December 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm

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