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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The plan for today was to stretch the lunch hour and take a short run. Failing that, Plan B was to take a short run in the evening.

Neither of those things happened. This morning the bad foot felt a little flaky, not too bad; so I tossed my gym bag in the car and hauled it to work. Got a phone call from another time zone just before lunch, and dealing with that meant no stretching of the lunch hour. So I walked instead.

Back from lunch, got a disturbing text message from my daughter. Called her to get clarification. Monday the ceiling in the hall of her apartment building had sprung a leak. She had water damage to some minor stuff in the kitchen, and her stove was unusable. Today, she blew a circuit breaker turning on the lights. It looked like a short.

Long story short, daughter is camping at my house (with her two cats) for the present. There is some uncertainty as to whether the landlord will take care of the water damage issues on a timely basis; if things go poorly, daughter could be living with me for quite a while.

Anyway, moving enough for daughter to camp out with her cats took me away from work for the afternoon. Then when I could have run in the evening, my foot asked me not to. So that didn't happen. But I did deal with what life threw my way today.

Tomorrow is Friday. The bad foot will almost certainly be good enough to run on tomorrow. But then there is a chance that it wouldn't be good enough to run on Sunday morning, when I have an organized 5K. I think I'll stick with walking tomorrow and Saturday. Next week I'll see how long I need to wait after Sunday for a second run.

Meanwhile, I'm going to be happy that I can provide a non-leaking roof for my daughter.

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FIT2BETHIN 4/28/2012 6:51AM

    You are a hero! Running, or lack thereof, will never take that away! Enjoy some quality time with your daughter!

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/28/2012 1:46AM

    Good luck with Sunday's event! You deserve this run after all your patience and sensible approach to your healing.

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DNS9264 4/27/2012 7:27AM

    Way to not let these little things get you down! Hope you have an awesome race Sunday and the foot holds up for you. :-)

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/27/2012 1:40AM

    Condolences on loss of the empty nest. Congrats on being able to provide that back up roof, though! You have not yet joined the ranks of her needing to provide YOU with one, thank goodness.

Hang in with the foot. Hope it's better enough for Sunday's outing.

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SHEILA-45 4/26/2012 10:03PM

    Sounds like you handled life's curve balls just fine! It's great that you're able to be there for your daughter in a time of need. Hope your foot feels better soon! Have fun with the 5K~ emoticon

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SMILINGTREE 4/26/2012 10:03PM

    I bet your daughter is glad to have somewhere to stay!

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EMMANYC 4/26/2012 9:52PM

    I'm pretty sure that having an adult child move home with you counts as cardio, due to the elevated heart rate and blood pressure ...

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MAGGIE101857 4/26/2012 9:42PM

    That's the way to roll with the punches!!! And you're a good Dad on top of it!!! Way to go!!! Have a great weekend!

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A Nice Day, for Early March

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

. . . on April 24.

It was 43 F (6 C) and windy as I walked from work to the gym. I figured to wear my heavier long sleeve shirt, shorts, and a winter cap. Take light gloves with me on my run, just in case.

Got out of the gym to run, and found rain mixed with . . . sleet? No, it doesn't sting enough to be sleet. It's graupel. Not much time convinced me to put those gloves on, and I wondered if I should have worn tights.

Perhaps a quarter mile later, the rain slacked off. I ran most of the route in hazy sunshine with wind, and was dressed appropriately for it. As I got back near the gym again, I finished the run in the rain.

Total distance, 3.52 miles in 25:08 for a 7:08 pace per mile. A decent run, and nice weather for running.

The plan is to have one more short run on Thursday, then not run Friday or Saturday before the 5K on Sunday. I'll see how it goes. The bad foot is grumbling just a little, but not loudly demanding ice and ibuprofen. I think I'm ready for this schedule, but not yet ready to run on consecutive days. And I don't want to attempt anything longer than 4 miles before a week from Saturday.

Life goes on. The foot isn't 100%, but I can see progress.

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RG_DFW 4/25/2012 8:40AM

    We're all pulling for you, this has been a long road to recovery

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/24/2012 11:42PM

    Progress is good. Keep it up, your way : )

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/24/2012 8:56PM

    Come back a little at a time, well done. Taper time!

Walked home from work this afternoon/evening, 100 minutes 6.2 miles. Figure another "medium" walk this upcoming weekend, then taper next week for the half on May 6th. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/24/2012 8:44PM

    Your determination is uncanny! You are an inspiration to us all to get out there and exercise! emoticon

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Bagged the Half Marathon

Monday, April 23, 2012

It's official. I will *not* be running, or even walking, the half marathon next Sunday.

Today was the first day of packet pickup. As planned, I went and got my expensive technical shirt. It's rather nice looking, but not worth $50, LOL. The staff at the local running store all agreed that a HM would be unwise at my stage of recovery, so I traded down to participation in the associated 5K. It's still an expensive 5K, but at least I get something out of my entry fee.

I let the staff try to sell me some shoes, and maybe learned a little about my running gait, at least on a treadmill. Hmm. The video camera says I pronate a little. The tread wear on my old running shoes says I supinate a bit. I don't know whether to think I run differently for real on the streets than on a treadmill, or to think that my running form has changed with injury. The recommended shoes probably won't hurt me, and I might buy them . . . when the tread on my current shoes gets worn down.

So next Sunday I'm running a 5K. That means I shouldn't run on Saturday, which in turns allow my only real run between now and then to be tomorrow, Wednesday, or Thursday. We'll see what the confluence of weather and workload offers me in the way of opportunities.

And now I'm looking at the brochure for the Rochester Marathon in September. There's no way I'm training for a marathon this year, with work being as it is; but perhaps the associated half marathon would be possible. I'll defer that decision for a while, possibly into early June; I have a 5K to run on Sunday, and 3.5 mile to run at the end of May. By then, I should know more about how well I'm coming back as a runner.

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KRISZTA11 4/24/2012 3:30PM

    It's great you can run the 5K and you got a very nice shirt - have fun and take care!

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EMMANYC 4/24/2012 12:28PM

    I'm sorry to hear you won't get to do the HM you'd planned. It's tough to make those kind of decisions but I'm glad you'll still get to do the 5K. I just made a similar decision myself, and I ended up having a very good experience running a 10K in Wenatchee (instead of the HM). I focused a lot on my running gait, and tried to run as smoothly and lightly as I could. I also added some "faster cadence" intervals in each running segment to see how that felt, and at the end of the day, I felt like I'd got a lot out of the experience, even though it wasn't what I'd planned.

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RG_DFW 4/24/2012 9:50AM

    I'm looking forward to hearing about it!

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/24/2012 12:05AM

    You've made the right decision to do what you can do when you can do it.

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WATERMELLEN 4/23/2012 9:07PM

    Love your description of the attempt to sell you new shoes: I'm thinking you're probably not a pushover!!

Tough decision but at least you're getting some value out of the expensive shirt!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/23/2012 8:50PM

    You got a link for the Rochester Marathon? They got online registration?

Way I feel right now, not a probable... but it would be kinda fun to be in the same race as you... even if I finish in three times your time!


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Saturday: Completed Run as Planned

Saturday, April 21, 2012

It's been a tough week. I missed getting to bed on time twice in a row, breaking a 36 week streak of being in bed on time at least 6 days. As a result, yesterday I was quite tired in the morning and ended up skipping some of my usual exercises. This weekend I need to do a lot of sedentary stuff for my paid job. This has been worrisome.

So this morning, I set out as planned for a run. I had no great confidence, as I had a failed run on Wednesday following a run cut short on Sunday. But my bad foot seemed good enough to try, and my tight left soleus wasn't speaking up in the up and down the hall jogging, so it was a morning to run.

I looked out the window, and it was raining. I thought about bagging the run. Then I thought, that's non-runner thinking. A runner knows there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Check the weather. 45 F (7 C) and raining, with 9 mph winds from the north. The weather site said heavy rain, but it looked more medium to me. I decided on normal running shorts, but a long sleeved shirt. Then I set out to run the route I had originally planned for Sunday.

It was cold at first, and I wondered whether I should have worn tights. But soon enough, I warmed up and the shorts were fine. For much of the run, I wished I'd worn gloves; maybe next time I run in the rain below 50 I'll try that.

A few minutes into the run, my left calf began to complain. It wasn't as sharp as Wednesday, so I went a ways to run through this. I consciously slowed down, and for most of the run it felt much like the right calf had felt when I was coming back from that soleus strain. Okay, I've been there. I can deal with this.

Ran the little hill, got to where I'd decided to cut the run short on Sunday. The calf is manageable. The foot is okay. What was going on Sunday? Oh, yeah, the blisters. That part of my feet wasn't complaining. Some combination of applying petroleum jelly to the right parts of my feet and development of runner's calluses is working.

Along about the 3 mile mark, I noticed I wasn't missing my gloves as much. Okay, I can do this, even if my legs feel a bit heavy. Which they did. Tried to pick the pace back up a bit, don't know if I did before the home stretch where I sprinted (such as I could) the last 100 meters or so.

The need for gloves began to speak to me again during the walking cooldown, but that's okay. Because of the rain, I went inside for my stretching. The left calf is manageable. The bad foot isn't 100%, but isn't demanding ice and ibuprofen either. That's livable.

The run mapped out to 3.67 miles in 26:41, for a 7:16 pace per mile. Huh. I thought I was running slow for most of it, and it came out to a perfectly ordinary training pace.

It would still be premature to attempt to run two days in a row. I'll see how I feel next week, and hopefully get a run in on Tuesday or Wednesday. Being able to run again on Monday would be major progress, and I don't know that I'm brave enough to attempt that.

The half marathon a week from Sunday is definitely out. Even if I can run, I'm not up to running that far. Packet pickup starts Monday, and I might ask about downgrading to the 5K; then again, it might not be very smart to put myself into a race environment that soon. I'll have to think about whether I want to attempt that 5K (assuming I can downgrade) or just bag the whole date.

For now, I'm happy that I was able to complete a run as planned. Next goal, be able to run twice a week. I'm almost there.

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/21/2012 9:05PM

    Way to go, MOBYCARP!
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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2012 8:13PM

    The same maxim about weather and clothing applies to golf and cross country skiing (with obvious adjustment) and probably to life itself.

Congrats to you on your progress!

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KRISZTA11 4/21/2012 5:42PM

    I'm glad this run was successful!
A runner knows there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing - very true : ) It's never as bad as it looks.

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RG_DFW 4/21/2012 5:09PM

    It's been a long road but you've been very sensible about the return. Here's hoping you continue a strong recovery.

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MAGGIE101857 4/21/2012 4:57PM

    Your "recovery" pace beats my best pace any I'm jealous and yet super excited that you are back to running!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Can you walk/run the HM? That's my plan in two in a 13 mile practice one this morning!!!! Not sure my running buddy is going to be up for the I may be doing my first HM solo (but I won't be alone, that's for sure!!!)

Welcome back my friend!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/21/2012 3:38PM

    Your nephew runs at about your pace in a 2 mile, when he's hale. Which at the moment he is again. Glad you're getting your run back. Patience is paying off!

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Failed Run

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's been a long Wednesday. The weather was gorgeous, high near 50 F and sunny; the one good thing about scheduling was that I could fit a run in on my lunch hour. Well, almost.

Got a few minutes into the run, and my left calf began to ache. The ache got sharper. Been there with the right calf; the first time past, I ran through this and came up lame, interrupting training for 9 days.

This time I picked a mappable point and slowed to a walk, then walked back to the gym. Total running time, 4:45 for 0.68 miles. Added some walking to make 16 minutes, and did my full set of running stretches afterward. The stretches confirm that it's my soleus that hurts.

Oh, well. I can still walk. I was able to run a short distance later in the 16 minutes, but a sustained run won't work today. I'll test it again on Saturday, and if it isn't enough better I'll turn that test into a walk instead of a run.

Forgoing a run isn't much fun, but it beats not being able to walk for exercise.

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MAGGIE101857 4/19/2012 6:41AM

    Proud of you that you continue to listen to your body and recognize that working through the pain isn't a good thing! emoticon I know you'll be back running "with us" in the future!!!

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MILLERGIRL719 4/19/2012 6:35AM

    I hope it's nothing too serious! Take care!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/19/2012 6:14AM

    I hear your frustration. "Why won't my body do what I used to do with ease?" Been having a few of those moments myself this year.

Remember Goal #1... and you're being wise!

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REDSHOES2011 4/18/2012 10:29PM

    Perhaps contact a sports doctor get it seen to and know what sort of injury your up against and the correct procedure to avoid it getting worse..

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