Runners who have done the Seattle Marathon or Half-Marathon are very familiar with the steep hill on Galer Street.
In the half-marathon, it is between miles 7 and 8, and I generally push myself to run up it. But during the full marathon, it is between miles 20 and 21, and I am too spent to run it. I break into a walk, figuring I can walk up that stupid hill to Madison Street as fast or faster than I can run up it.
This year, I will be walking that hill and the entire rest of the marathon course. I have signed up for the Seattle Marathon Walk, marking the first time I will walk an entire race.
In a previous post, I talked about how my marathon days are numbered, following a discouraging visit to a doctor at the University of Washington Sports Medicine Clinic. The premise of that post still holds true, but I am much more encouraged about being able to run again after a visit to my physical therapist this past week. Shelly Hack at the Pro Club said she would work to get my left ankle stronger, so that running can continue to be part of my lifestyle (along with more cross-training).
But Shelly told me not to run for a month, as well as to do daily exercises to strengthen my ankle and have weekly physical therapy sessions. She fully endorsed my idea of walking the Seattle Marathon. (Shelly is an elite runner herself, and has run more than a dozen marathons.)
As far as running another marathon — so I can do my 20th marathon run — she said, “We’ll get your there…. It may be next year at this time. But that is a good goal for you to have.”
She envisions me doing a combination of walking, running, and cross-training, and incorporating more and more running into that mix over time.
I am fine with not running for a month, but … boy, that means I really have to start watching what I eat …
To be sure, doing the Seattle Marathon Walk is going to be no piece of cake, to use a cliche. It’s going to take me at least eight hours, and that’s without a lunch break 🙂 I will get a taste of things on Saturday, Oct. 30, when I walk the Pumpkin Push 5K at Seward Park. Getting set today to do a training walk of 12 miles.
But, as you can tell, I am NOT counting the Seattle Marathon Walk as my 20th marathon. It will be on my marathon list with an asterisk. It won’t be easy to walk that long, though. Would you count it?
Thanks for reading.
Till next time …