Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Flu and another Epic Run

A few weeks ago I got the flu which totally put a damper on my training.  But now in my second week back I am feeling 100 percent and ready to be more consistent with my training.  After a moderate 95 mile week after having about a week off from the flu, I was ready to run with our team.  That week included an unexpected Epic run... well, it was expected just not from me coming back from a sickness.  Regardless, we decided to get back on our marathon schedule which entailed a lovely Epic run up La Luz and back.  When I got word of this on saturday night, I contacted a few other team members: Kris (who planned this epic run), Juan (who has joined us before in a 35 mile run to Belen),  and two newer members Josh (who ran one Epic run before and can't get enough of them) and Dustin (who moved here from North Carolina to train for the marathon).  Yes, our crew has grown from 3 to 5 insane individuals...

This run was more of a mental challenge than anything else.  Even though it took us 3:25 to cover the 9000ft of accent and decent over 24 miles, it still was a culminating factor of mental toughness and physical toughness.  I was happy to see everyone get through this run without any injuries.  There were doubts and frustration at times, but in the end it was a great experience.  It was also surprising that we finished 20 minutes faster than the last time we did this God forsaken run.  And I didn't feel completely dead at the top, compared to last time.  Everyone was in good posture...

Now, with that run under our belts a few of us have 12 or 13 weeks till our marathon.  These should be the crucial weeks leading up to the race, so I'm hoping things will continue to progress as they have and the Dukes Track Club get better throughout the months.  Things are taking form and it's real exciting to see new addictions to the team.          

3 comments:

RunTX said...

Are you running the houston half marathon this year?

This will be my first time to run a half marathon, I joined a running club and started training...

God bless you.

Jesse Armijo said...

Yeah, I plan on running the Houston Half marathon. It will be another USA Championship race, so there will be a ton of American elites.

Good luck with training and listen to your body.

Robert said...

Sounds like a plan and thanks for the advise. Hope to meet you there.