A.M. Woke up from a dream with the hope it was more than just a dream. In the dream I was told that if I got normal flexibility in my thoracic spine I would run a 2:10 marathon. I was also told the chance of success was 5%. When I heard 5% I remember feeling very happy because 5% is significantly above zero, and even thinking that even if the fix was not quite 100% I could still be in the range of 2:12 which still is 7 minutes faster than the Trial's Qualifier. But the chances would naturally improve now that the fix did not have to be quite so perfect.
There was a reason I had that dream. I have been working on the thoracic flexibility in the last week. Looking back at 2007, I am wondering if the reason I had the breakthrough was not the mileage after all, but the improved thoracic flexibility from the spinal correction treatment/exercises.Back then I undertook a full course of Pettibon treatment, which involved thoracic flexibility work among many other things.
I single out thoracic flexibility at the point for a number of reasons. First, that was the stiffest area of the spine during the Pettibon evaluations and treatment. In fact, the cervical curve did not improve until we were able to loosen the thoracic grip. Second, thoracic stiffness causes the center of gravity to move backwards making running more energy demanding. Third, that is where Jeff sees the stiffness when we run.
So I'll keep working on it and we'll let the time tell if there is any merit to the idea.
Jeff slept in, so I ran alone. 6 miles in 41:57. Passed Sarah with about 0.43 to go, then turned around, ran back to her, ended up with 6.25 miles.Then she took Jenny on a run for 2 miles.
P.M. 0.5 with Joseph and Benjamin in 5:11. 1 more with Julia and Benjamin in 9:21.