As my first marathon of the year is only four weeks away, it is more important than ever to take rest days. Generally this tends to be Monday. Today I went to the Physio for some IMS and Ultrasound on my lower back and left hamstring and calf. I am familiar with having a tight back and hips but the calf tightness is a new development. Stretching and some foot strength exercises are in my immediate future.
After my minor breakdown at work on Friday, I set off on Saturday for Sechelt. I have run the April Fool's Half Marathon two times and this was my third time. It never fails to be hilly and hard. Sunday morning I started off at in Gibsons ready to run to Mission Point Park. I took it very conservatively knowing that I would be adding another 15kms on at the end of the 'race'. I crossed the finish line, collected my medal, filled my water bottles, ate a piece of bagel and a bite of banana and kept running west. I do not recommend running your longest run before a marathon in Sechelt if you are not used to hills. That place is full of 12-15% grades both up and down. At the end of the day, I ran from 9:17am - 2pm with a few quick breaks to refill bottles, eat gels and take few rocks out of my shoes. After a shower and some real food, I was back on the ferry to North Vancouver. Reward: White Spot Legendary Burger combo with cheese and a Coke.