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"... But while I'll continue to run through the end
of the year (I get VERY cranky if I don't), I need to rest and
let my knee and foot continue to heal. The worst thing I could do
is continue to push myself and not let my body recover. It will be
hard to keep from doing that, but I'll ease back. ..." -
Me, The Press, Nov. 30
Hey folks, Press of Atlantic City digital reporter Dan Good
here. I completed a video of Kevin's Philadelphia Marathon
experience, called "13 to Go." It was inspiring to see
his performance -- and watch him reach his goal after months of
training and some setbacks.
Kevin Clapp is halfway to the finish! He crossed the halfway
point at 01:52:14, about 15 minutes ago. His pace is 8:33 and his
predicted finish is 3:44:28 -- which means he actually sped up from
miles six to 13.
Hello everyone, this is Press of Atlantic City digital reporter
Dan Good, guest blogging for Kevin Clapp. Kevin has a pretty good
excuse for not writing this morning -- he's running in the
Just got out of the Team In Training pasta party/pre-race
meeting. Just like my first TNT event 10 years ago, it was an
emotional reminder of why the 117 of us who've raised money for
the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society signed up in the first place.
Last week, we met Kristen Hallock-Waters, the Stockton professor
who was preparing for her second New York City Marathon as a member
of Team McGraw, which raises money to fight brain cancer. Her
husband, Jeff, died of brain cancer in 2007.
I just rewatched the video attached to this entry, and it
strikes me: I look like a TOOL when I run. All stiff and rigid,
arms tight. It never feels like that while I'm doing it; I
guess it's like listening to your voice on an answering
I used to run at night. I fell into that habit in high school
and didn't shake it through college and beyond. I don't
really remember when I began running in the morning, but I
can't imagine going back to that old schedule.
There are days, my leg taped up, wrapped up and iced up, when
I'm ready to tell someone to stick a fork in me. I'm done.
Don't want to do it anymore. Any pleasure I derive from running
is trumped by the pain.
I'm at physical therapy and the staff is playing around with
some of this funky tape that's supposed to be able to increase
blood flow. You've seen it on basketball players, in their
shoulders, and on U.S. Olympians like beach volleyball player Kerri
Walsh. So they ask me if I want to try it out and say sure,
because, hey, when you've already offered to write/blog/record
your experience, what's a little guinea pig action?
Wrote Friday about the time to start testing the leg out,
building back up after six lost weeks. Because there's 10 weeks
until the marathon now; it's not around the corner, but
time's still a-wastin'.
Another setback this morning. But this time, IT'S NOT MY
KNEE'S FAULT. ... It's been a good week, with a couple of
five milers that didn't cause too much discomfort, and three
physical therapy sessions that have showed what I need to do to get
stronger and not backslide. ...
Broke out a new gadget today: The heart rate monitor. Back when
I first spoke with AtlantiCare exercise physiologist and fitness
supervisor Rich Owens, he started preaching the benefits of
training by heart rate versus pace.
So I'm at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa., on Saturday. Sunny
day, hot day and the fam is up on this net contraption. I'm
getting ready to crawl through my second gauntlet of nets - Josh
really wanted to do this - when I take a step toward it and with
full force I knock my right kneecap into the side of the thing.
James Clark has been following local high school sports since his time as a student at Ocean City High School in the 1980s. Clark also serves as The Press' soccer blogger and coaches his twin sons' U13 soccer team.
James Clark has been writing about soccer for various media outlets, including The Press of Atlantic City, for 15 years. The Northfield resident coached travel teams in the South Jersey Soccer League for a decade and is currently an assistant soccer coach at St. Augustine Prep. Clark's blog will appear three times a week and daily during this summer's World Cup.