Josh’s Boston Marathon Experience Part 1

It’s amazing what one week with a really bad cold can do to three months worth of rigorous training.  I was a month and a half away from leaving for Boston when one of the most challenging moments in my young running career seemed to all but destroy my chances.  I woke up one Monday morning not feeling too great, and as the day wore on I only felt worse! I figured one day of rest isn’t going to ruin all I had worked for up t that point, so I took the day off instead of risking getting more sick.  The next day was arguably worse than before.  The day after that, same story.  A full week of absolutely zero training of any kind was gone, just like that.

That Saturday I decided it was time to run, regardless of whether or not I was a hundred percent.  Sadly enough, it wasn’t the pounding headache that had me limping only 9 miles into a 12 mile run.  The run started out great, I was back where I belonged, feet seemingly floating along the pavement.  This feeling of elation turned to frustration as I felt the pressure build on the outside of my right knee.  If you have ever experienced the devastating feeling of not being able to do what you love no matter how hard you try to push through, then you will be able to relate to how i was feeling at that moment.  The IT band muscle that runs down the lateral portion of the left leg to the knee was the source of my problem.  During the week I was sick my body reacted very negatively to the lack of training and stimulus to my muscular system.

My body was so used to training using the 4 Laws that when I didn’t do any training for a week I tightened up, causing my muscular system to shift my skeletal system, ever so slightly, out of alignment.  Every time I would try to run this misalignment would cause my IT band muscle to rub against mu knee, giving me the pleasant sensation of feeling like my knee had exploded into flame!  Using the 4 Laws of training, my coach and I were able to realign my body.  The problem was that I had not developed any muscular endurance in this newly aligned position, as a result, ever time I would try to run my new stride would fatigue after a few miles, causing the all too familiar fire to return to my knee.  I became very disheartened and frustrated as the days turned to weeks and I still couldn’t run.  If it was not for the incredible prayers and support of family and friends I wouldn’t have had the motivation to keep with it.

The silver lining of the story, from a training standpoint was integration.  The one thing I was able to do to stay in shape was integrate.  So, for the next month and a half I integrated as aggressively as i could.  Integration gave my muscular system enough of the right kind of stimulus to help get my body back to where it was before the tightness settled in.  I gradually started running very short distances, with tons of integration between laps.  Before I knew it, it was time to board the flight to Boston.  I was nervous, having not run over five miles in the last 45 days leading up to race day, but there was no way I was going to miss out on this opportunity


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