Bye-bye marathon

So, it looks like I’m going to have to give up on my marathon goal for this year.  What with one thing and another, I just haven’t been able to get out and run like I hoped.  Maybe next year I’ll be able to find a group, or get a group together to go out and run with me.  However, now that I’ve given up on that, I think I’ll actually be able lead a more active lifestyle.  Instead of trying to set aside time for running that I’m not actually going to do, (despite my hopes of the last three months) I can now use that time to go out and ride my bike with friends, play tennis or golf, or (maybe) go work out at the gym.  I went out and rode my bike for the first time in months last Sunday.  My friends Patrick, Eric and Eric (yes, that’s two Erics) got me out real early (I left my house at 6:30am!) and we rode along the river from Guting to Fisherman’s Wharf in Danshui (about 35 km).  For those of you not familiar with Taipei, Guting is at the southwest corner of Taipei City, and Danshui is well to the northwest.  It was a pretty good ride.  My legs are still sore!  My camera was out of batteries, but I will post the pictures my friends took so you guys can see what a beautiful place Taiwan is.

Hmm…it’s 12:30am.  Time to go home!

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6 Responses to “Bye-bye marathon”

  1. Patrick Cowsill Says:

    Day two after the ride, Ben. I imagine that the soreness is just starting to set in.

  2. taiwanben Says:

    Actually, it’s pretty OK. Yesterday was stiff, and I’m still stiff today, but not so much.

  3. Sabrina Says:

    Sorry about your marathon loss. I started running last summer and managed to give myself a heel spur– not recommended.

  4. taiwanben Says:

    How’d you give yourself a heel spur?

  5. Sabrina Says:

    I guess “gave myself” a heel spur isn’t correct– running created inflammation in my plantar fascia… which led to plantar fasciitis, and since I ignored it for a while, it became a heel spur. My podiatrist gave me an anti-inflammatory and also a night splint i have to wear, which stretches my foot while I sleep. And I have fun stretches I need to do 3x a day to prevent the inflammation.

    http://www.revolutionhealth.com/conditions/bones-joints-muscles/plantar-fasciitis/

  6. Patrick Says:

    Ben, see you next Sunday at the same spot (hill to commemorate 2-28 Massacre victims). I’m thinking we should do the same route, but go out onto Guangdu Bridge. This time I’ll stay for some grub.

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