"... 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.
Gonna keep this one a little short; feeling a little tired right now. Not sure why...
Kevin Clapp finished the Philadelphia Marathon! 03:56:59, for a pace of 9:02 minutes per mile. His legs cramped at mile 18 or 19, but he stretched them out and kept running.
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.
Hey folks, Dan Good here. Kevin Clapp is on his way! I grabbed video of him before the race, flipping his Gatorade bottle back and forth between hands.
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 Philadelphia Marathon!
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.
I love the swag bag.
Well, we're getting close now. Less than a day from now -- hopefully -- I'll have crossed the finish line. Of course, that's getting a bit ahead of myself.
Oh, we're getting close now.
It came to my personal e-mail account at 1:49 p.m.
I came out to the Atlantic City Boardwalk this morning, one week before I tackle the Philadelphia Marathon, to run the 5k race. I figured I'd run a nice, leisurely pace for a light workout.
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.
My eating and drinking while on the run is a work in progress. It shouldn't necessarily be this way, but it is. The gist of it is consistent; check out this week's video to see my general routine.
As a runner, I crave consistency. I try to eat the same things before runs, do similar warmups, eat the same things at roughly the same time during the run.
Why do we run? For many reasons. It can be for a reason as simple as getting a little exercise. Or it can be for a more noble purpose.
Four weeks. Four weeks from today I'll be in Philly, getting ready for the culmination of more than six months of work.
Six weeks ago, I wondered if I'd be able to run the marathon at all given the pain in my knee. Four weeks before that, I was planning to obliterate my marathon personal best.
Two weeks ago, I ran 20 miles. Check that. I tried to run 20 miles.
We've already established I love the rain. And, as you can see in the latest video, rain happens, and I've got to deal with it.
I feel like a Doublemint twin, 'cuz it's time to double your pleasure and double your fun with two blog posts in one. ...
Had my last physical therapy appointment this morning. It felt... odd.
This area may not have much in the way of hills. But it has its wind, and that makes up for it.
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 machine...
When I first got injured and stopped running, all I could think about was getting back at it. The prolonged layoff was hard to stomach.
Another week begins with a little leftover business from the weekend...
The skies finally seem to be brightening up now, but this morning, drops pounding the pavement, was one of my favorite runs in a long while.
So, I rocked a 16-miler this morning ... I know, yay, hurrah, streamers flying everywhere. But what I really want to talk about is running humor.
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.
Runs like these are why I wanted to call this blog Sucking Wind.
I'm feeling giddy. And nervous. But mostly giddy.
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?
This is more like it.
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. ...
Time starts flyin' and before you know it five days have gone by. But don't think the lack of posts hasn't meant nothing's going on. Take a look:
OK, can you bend your knee this way?... Does it hurt?... Can you duck walk? Good ... How does that feel?... Does it hurt when I do this? ...
The good news: I can still run.
I was supposed to test my knee on Saturday. I didn't. It didn't feel right. I did go for a run Sunday, however, 10 days after my last run.
Maybe you've noticed I haven't been posting as much lately. That's because I haven't been running much lately.
Running can be hard. It can be a grind. There are days I don't want to get out of bed and put on my running shoes. You might think, by watching the latest video on interval training, that it's easy.
Yesterday, I ran for the third day in a row for the first time in a couple of weeks, since my knee started bothering me.
My garage looks like the place where old running shoes go to die.
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.