Physical assessment note by Pygoya the
(artistic assessment below)
Today, the 5th day after the Big Island Marathon, I am able to start of the morning by walking down the stairs from my bedroom WITHOUT holding on the railing and hobbling slowing down! Ah, the wonderful healing process of the human body, even at 59.5 years of age.
And, astonishingly, in spite of fear of discovering potential injuries of running back-to-back marathons for the first time in my life (did the Honolulu Marathon in December 2004), for the first time (15 marathons) I experience NO KNEE PAIN!
So maybe the knee problems isn't old age creeping in or having run so many marathons and a total estimated jogging life distance of 10,000 miles, or 1,600 km? Then what did I do different this time?
Could it be that I did not go with the adrenaline at the start and "run for time" for the first 10 miles as usual? Maybe because I was "distracted" and stopped to take pictures all along the way? If so, this is great. And I do not feel "guilty" as a running participant because I almost equaled my Honolulu Marathon time (slower by only 23 minutes) and still had leg cramps at 22+ miles and had to walk it in. So the legs did as much as they could do as usual.
But the surprise right now, after being able to walk normal again with disappearing leg muscle strain, is the amazing new sense of physical conditioning, for my age, and after this 2nd run. There is a perceivable increase in the sense of well-being and energy (and libido ;=) ) as compared to the conditioning of one marathon completion and its rapidly decreasing decline thereafter after transforming to a coach potato.
I wonder how I will feel after June's, November's, even possibly December's marathon, then having reach 60?
Artistic assessment of Pygoya the runner-artist
This "Hilo" Marathon has added another blessing in disguise!
Over a lifetime I have been able to incorporate my art into other facets of my life, as a dentist, disco dancer, computer buff, archivist, psychologist, web global villager. Now I have been enlightened HOW TO integrate this other long time passion of long distance running into my art arena - to be inspired to capture the visions along marathon routes for myself, others, and even those who never take these journeys in life.
It works both ways - I am already motivated to get back on the roads and train, BECAUSE by increasing my conditioning through training runs I can have more focus and the supplemental energy to do the art of capturing a sense of the spirit of a course through photo-documentation. Nothing worse than being exhausted, physically and spiritually taxed to finish the distance and still be up for taking snapshots of the final leg of the course.
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