That big surf board is the medal for the full marathon at surf city. 2 years in a row I was signed up for the race and had to drop down to the half. At least this year I am was able run, well, kinda. 2 years a in a row I have had calf issues. Separate and very different mechanisms but calf issues nonetheless. This year humbled again, I learned some lessons.
I called Karl to get my head straight. Generally not interested in devices that artificially improve performance, I wasn't sure if I was thinking straight. I considered compression socks. I know marni and tawnee will be pleased because they love it. I knew it wouldn't hurt me but was it worth it? I am able to say that my recovery was no different but during I had no sharp pain. A lot of pain but no sharp tendon pain. It was all muscular burning pain. I nearly quit at the first mile. Gnarly calf in the first mile? How can I get through it? It never got to be more. Lesson learned: the way it feels now is not necessarily going to be worse later. My pt/responsible brain said why? My competitor brain said you have to finish this. It got better as I went as long as I didn't go too fast. I was able to keep rolling through as long as it was above 9:30. It killed me to go that slow. I was happy to be out there and enjoying this wonderful race. It really is an outstanding race. It kills me that I got to 10 miles and felt fresh. No muscle fatigue, cardio wise felt strong, but the calf was killing me.
Karl was in my head. I wanted to run the hill he yelled at me 2 years ago. I am happy to say that dam hill with no stops and I laughed at the thought of Karl yelling at me. Truth is that hill is weak. I am so much in a different place. Funny experience. Good in that I know I can suck it up and get it done but I want that course as a full. I want to come through on the goals I set. Overall a learning experience.