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November, 2008:

Working out…

It’s been quite a while since I’ve gotten on my bike. As a matter of fact I even had an email conversation with a friend, who I have biked with in the past, about the fact that I haven’t been riding lately. So today instead of doing my running interval drills, I set up the bike trainer and watched an episiode of FRINGE on the computer while I peddled away! It was a nice change of pace.

I also ordered a running strengthening/stretching kit this morning. Called the Runner’s FitKit it has stretch tubes with it and ankle and hand collars, an instruction booklet and a few other things. Click the link to see it all. Basically I’m looking to add some strength to my legs in an effort to alleviate the IT Band pain that has been a real bother. It’s been much less this year. Mostly cause I’ve lost weight since beginning running last year, but also because I’m in better shape. But it’s still bad enough. I have found that by taking some ibuprofen right before the run I can minimize the effect to where it won’t stop me…yet. I’m worried with the up coming 18 and 21 mile training runs I will be putting that to the test. I think that if I get this kit and commit to doing the exercises religiously up until the marathon (Jan 18, 2009) I might have a chance of getting through this run. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens!