Hi Everyone, I kind of slip this week again with limited posting. I assure you that if I could I would post more. The picture above was taken on a hill side overlooking Charlotte Amalie on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas. I have been there about four times and love the place.
This morning while eating breakfast and guzzling down a protein shake, I was thinking about were my fitness is now compared to where it was only couple of months ago. I think the major improvement has been my shin strength. I can actually see my shin muscle flexing now, which is something I have not seen in a while. I can remember all the trouble they would give me during training, but now, I still get muscle failure during my hard workouts but not much pain anymore. The only bad part about muscle failure of the shin is that my foot slaps the ground on heel impact, which probably slows me down a bit. Oh well, I figure that it won’t be long and that will be a thing of the past too.
As for my performance, I am still impressed that I have been doing 14 minute miles lately. Wasn’t long ago I thought this kind of pace would be unattainable. What is still unknown to me is if I can do a 14 minute mile pace for 13.1 miles. This happens to be my goal for the half marathon in April. I will soon find out though, my training group will have routes in March that will approach 12 miles, so I should know by then what I will be able to accomplish. Most important thing of all is that I am having fun.
I am still debating on rather to do two half marathons this year or one. The Illinois Marathon is in May and that is the one I would really want to walk in. I am most definitely going to walk in the Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon in April, but it is nothing like the Illinois Marathon. Unfortunately, I would have to stay over night in a hotel and I am not sure I want to leave my wife alone with a new born and a two year old. I am still thinking about it and discussing it with my wife.
My thoughts and prayers still go out the families, friends, loved ones that were lost, and anyone else that has been touched by the tragic earthquake in Haiti. My friend, Jewwishes has posted a special prayer by Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks that one could pray Shabbat. Thanks Jewwishes for posting this and I will be praying it with you.