Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Please Release Me Let Me Go...

Finn in captivity

Hopefully this will be the last pic of Finn in his cranial band. We visited the pediatric orthopedic specialist this morning, and he said Finn's head shape has dramatically improved, his motor skills are on track, and he doesn't show any residual signs of torticollis, which is a shortening/tightening of the neck muscles on one side that often lead to plagiocephaly, which is why Finn wears a helmet.

The doc said that he sees no reason that Finn couldn't just wear the helmet at night for awhile, and then not at all. This was a great relief for the family, and we are grateful that he responded so quickly to the treatment. We had been worried that the helmet was having some side-effects, since Finn hadn't rolled over since being fitted with it. Kiera just called me to say that as soon as she put him down on his stomache without the helmet after the appointment, he immediately rolled over! We're glad Finn can celebrate his first Christmas without the helmet, and we're hoping he will be out of it altogether soon.

Oh, this blog is about running, right? I did get out early today, and I attempted a 2 mile time trial before the sun was really up. It was hard enough running fast just three days after my marathon pace run, and a day after a 16 miler, so the added challenge of darkness and a pretty stiff breeze made it a tough day's work. I ran 11:07, or 5:34 pace for the effort, which was not great (I ran 5:31 the week before), but I felt like I ran just as hard. I'm trying to run these by effort and not kill myself before the race, so giving up a few seconds (especially with the conditions) isn't the end of the world.

I'm still debating my long run at the end of the week. I was thinking about doing a "progression run", where I would run the first half very slow and easy, then gradually ease into marathon pace, and finally finish the run with a few faster miles. However, there are also reasons to just run controlled and not stress my body too hard with three weeks left. Nobby cautioned me in an email not to try to "prove myself", that the hard work was now done. My worries about whether to do my final long time trial 4 or 3 weeks out (I did it at 4) are still with me though. It's hard to trust the hard work you've already done, and easy to keep pushing and over-do it. I still have a few days to think about it, and I'll take them to see how the body feels.

Training: 8 iles, 56:54, 7:00 pace with a 2 mile time trial at 5:34 pace

7 comments:

angie's pink fuzzy said...

Yay for Finn!!!!!!! (and his family too)

Flatman said...

Great news about FIN!!!

Merry Christmas!

brian said...

Mike,
I'm glad to hear the good news about Finn. Regarding your effort this weekend, remember what Nobby said about being "90% coming up" and how the training you're doing now is not just for the upcoming marathon, but for the years in advance as well. I've also heard "It's better to be 10% undertrained than 1% overtrained" for the marathon. My vote is to run controlled this weekend; if you reaaly feel the need to do something a little more up-tempo you could run the last 2-3 miles at marathon pace.

Mike said...

Thanks Angie and Flatman, I appreciate the kind words. Brian, you are right. By nature I'm not a model of restraint, but that's part of why I started following the Lydiard method, to learn how to properly apply my efforts. Besides, the long run will be on Christmas eve, so it wouldn't be any fun being "stuffed" on Christmas from the effort.

Zeke said...

Glad to hear Finn is making rapid progress - just like his dad on the Lydiard program.

Seems like he just got the helmet.

robtherunner said...

Glad to hear about Finn as well. Do what you think is right Mike. I agree about not over doing it though. However, I over do it all the time so I know it is easier said than done.

Thomas said...

I'm really happy for Finn and for you. I know this was quite heavy on your mind.