Saturday, April 28, 2012
It's Saturday, and no running because I have a 5K tomorrow morning. Did a 5K walk this morning instead of running.
Went to second breakfast at McD with daughter, trying to keep things as normal as possible with her living here temporarily. The current story is the landlady will get daughter's kitchen fixed next week, and then daughter will be back to her apartment. I figure she'll be with me longer than a week, but shorter than two . . . if everything goes right.
The rest of the day was normal weekend household chores, shopping, and mowing the lawn. It's been two weeks since I mowed, because it was too wet every time I had time to deal with it; that made this mowing an awful 2 hour affair. To add insult to injury, it wasn't even very good exercise. Dealing with the long, thick grass felt more like standing in line than like walking.
Tomorrow I have the 5K in lieu of a half marathon. Start time is 7:45, and I figure I need to leave my driveway at 6:30. So I'm off to bed early, to get enough sleep before an early start tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.
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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