|A surprise rainbow Saturday night when I took Asia out. |
No Rain... No Rainbows.... which is all fine and good unless it rains all
the damned time in which case you are just screwed.... and wet… and not in the
happy fun way either. Lots of rain here this week if you haven’t figure that
So... to come clean... I had a great mileage week two weeks ago and pushed
through many things to make it happen. What I failed to mention is that I was
also trying to push though what was becoming a nasty tendonitis issue in my
left leg or shin to be more accurate. If I ran, the tendon would warm up and
feel fine, but after it cooled off, normal motion was uncomfortable. Since it
wasn't getting any better, I decided to play it super-safe so the week of April
20 was a total rest week with zero mileage.
Since things were not feeling a whole lot better at the beginning of this
week but not wanting to have another zero week I decided to fall back to
walking. What that means is instead of running on Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday I walked instead; Six, Eight, and Six miles respectively. Saturday
morning I saw a PT first thing, he “worked” on it, and the leg felt great
I got the usual lecture about how I am older and I need to do more “stuff”
after my runs, etc… get massages… etc… and so on. You know, all of the things
that I have neither the money nor the time for right now, or really, ever.
Anyway… went for a nice ride on Saturday after spending some time tweaking
and tuning the bike. I have not ridden since the end of October on a day that
was right before the weather turned. Honestly, I had no idea how I would feel
on the bike and I was quite surprised that once I started riding that it felt
as if I had been away from it only days rather than months. Even my technical skills
seemed to be intact which I found to be strange to say the least. Turned out to
have a nice 26 mile ride up to the Maroon Bells and back and only got caught in
one little rain storm on the way up.
|I need to embrace the bike. It kept me healthy for two years. So maybe now riding is more mandatory than optional if I am wanting to stay "in the game."|
The PT that I worked with suggested that I run today so I got out for an
easy, flat (for around here) run on all dirt path. I took it easy to warm up
the first mile and then maintained a MAF effort for the next five. A rainstorm
and wind moved in the last two miles and made it cold… hence my rain references
I “guess” it felt okay and it
doesn’t seem like I lost a lot of fitness but I was sore again in that same
spot when I got home. I worked on the pissed-off tendon as the PT showed me how
and as if by magic the damned thing loosened up again and felt fine.
Even with taking that last full week off in April, it turned out to be a 203-mile
month of running. Of course, I count those miles of walking those three days
into the equation.
What is next?
I don’t know. I have
already had to reboot my training plans 2x for the Aspen Backcountry Marathon
and am not sure right now how I am going to proceed for the next few weeks
leading up to that. If I had to describe my course of action it will be to
train for a Marathon as if I were only training for a Marathon instead of
training for a Marathon while still trying to build a solid ultra-base at the
The other thing that I am going to have to do which I have been ignoring is
to incorporate the bike in more. Actually when things started feeling funny
two-three weeks ago, I should have stopped running and picked up the bike then
instead of being a typical bull-headed runner trying to run through an injury.
Of course, THAT thought didn’t occur to me until half-way through yesterday’s
ride. Hindsight… I know…
But in my
defense, the conditions around here to ride have not been favorable until the
past few days and the thought of going and riding inside never really occurred to
This is a super busy week so time to do anything is going to be precious. I
plan to ride tomorrow in hopes of keeping that calf and tendon loose and then
run three days, ride Friday, run Saturday, and then ride on Sunday, and just
pray that I can keep it all together this week. No real mileage goal yet as I want
to wait and see how things play out the next several hours after today’s run.
There is hardly a more miserable creature than the injured runner who is not
able to run and the past two weeks I have proven that. The disturbing thing is
that I have no specific idea what may have caused this injury but I have
identified about ten irritating factors that may have come into play. It
probably was not one single one but a combination of 2-3 or maybe more, I don’t
know. For now, I am just left to deal with it and hope that I am on the mend,
and have faith in the same.
It could have been mid-injury, delusional thinking but I did get a crazy
idea last weekend. I am supposed to run the Power of Four 50K in July. The day
before that is the Aspen Valley Marathon which is a Boston
qualifying race. I don’t and I never plan on ever going to Boston
to run but the idea of having a qualifying time I do find appealing.
So, back to that delusional thing… I might
see if I can run the Marathon on Saturday, get a
qualifying time of 3:25 or less, and
then to the Power of Four the next day.
It would definitely make for a weekend of exceptional volume… We’ll see…