Monday, July 16, 2012
... and he released me from his care.
He says I have about 85% mobility back in my shoulder. I know I have a little stiffness and some positions a little twinge of pain. My reach with my left hand is not what it was.
But all in all it's pretty good. I seem to have plateaued though. But I know that a plateau can have only a couple of outcomes.
I might never get any further along in my recovery. There are, after all, limits.
More like is the ohter outcome. At some point I will leave the plateau. In the case of weight loss, often leaving the plateau can be broken by doing something proactive. In this healing, it's possible that I will imporve, but the may be nothing I can do except continue heal. It may take months or years.
Patience! Patience is key.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Rant mode on.
Friday night I had to go into Washington to pick up my run-packet for the Caribbean Sounds 10k held on Saturday (I turned in a nifty 56:06). It was my second trip into DC in as many evenings. I left Catonsville at 6:10, figuring rush hour would have dissipated by the time I reached the Capitol Beltway in 20 minutes. And pretty much it had. I drove around to the Silver Spring exit, intending to take the Metro from Silver Spring to Metro Center then walk seven block, and take the train back.
What could be easier?
It took me about 25 minutes to get to my exit. This was too easy! Then trouble. US 29/Colesville road is configure for 4 lanes out-bound and 2 lanes in-bound until 7:00 PM. For some reason I could not understand, those two were crawling. As it happens, there is no left turn signals for the 2-lane configuration, so left turners had to wait like for-ever. It took me as long to go the five miles from the Beltway as it had to get to the exit in the first place.
Then, the station I always thought was a great one is all ripped up and I had to park in a garage about four block from the station. And it's metered. And I had no coins. Thank goodness traffic was so slow, because you don't need to feed the meters after 7:00 and it was now 6:58 ... close enough.
I went into the station and over to the vending machine to buy my farecard. It said 2.75 each way off-peak. So I bought a $6 farecard. Rode into town, walked, got my packet, walked back.
When I tried to get back into the station, the turnstile said I needed more money on my card! What? An attendent said I needed to buy $0.70 more. So I got another $1.00 on my card.
When I got off at Silver Spring, I couldn't leave without putting $0.50 MORE on my card. Why???
As it happens, the 2.75 fare is for the users of the plastic rechargable cards. As of 1 July 2012, the paper farecards cost an extra dollar per trip. That's not on the timetable/farechart. It's on a post-it note on the machine ... I kid you not! A post-it. Like I'm supposed to know to look for a post-it.
So to get downtown and back on the Metro for a 30 minute visit cost me 7.50, as much as driving into town and parking for the same visit.
I thought the Metro was supposed to keep me from needing to take my car into the city.
It really must be about ripping off bumpkin tourists and occasionals like me who don't use the Metro everyday.
Rant mode off.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Today was a run I picked to make up for the missed Arbutus Firecracker 10k on July 4. It was in DC at Rock Creek Park, the Caribbean Sounds 10k.
Last night I set my alarm for 5:00. I don't know what went wrong, but I woke at 5:33 -- I remember seeing the clock distinctly -- having never heard the alarm. I rushed downstairs, got dressed, had my banana and steel cut oatmeal grabbed a couple of cups of coffee and headed for the door.
That's when I heard the thunder and a heavy downpour. What? It's supposed to be clear and warm today. No worries, it's just a thunderstorm and it was 45 minutes to the venue. Surely it would pass by the time I got there.
All the way down I95 and the Capitol Beltway it rained off and on. This was going to be unpleasant. A saving grace was that it was not 80 degrees, but 70 degrees. I got to the venue trouble free and had time to mill around, hit the bathroom, listen to the steel drum band, etc. About 30 minutes before the 5k horn, the skies just opened up. This lasted for about 20 minutes. My shoes were squishy. Ugh! But at least it stopped ten minutes before the 5k started and there was no thunder. Five minutes after the 5k went off it was the 10k runners' turn.
Running down that firast hill was deceptive. My Garmin told me I was doing a 7:45 mile ... Oh would that that could be maintained. You had to stay away from the gutter because it was full of water. You had to stay off the yellow line because those are very slippery. Caution was warranted on corners and turn arounds. Still no more rain and NO THUNDER!
The 10k was just the 5k twice. At the turn around, I saw the 10k timer and I was at about 27 minutes. My timer was a little off because I had started it late and at one point lost satellite connection. I pushed hard on the second lap, but I continued to slow . I used the trick of picking out someone ahead and trying to catch them. Back up the hill one last time. This time was harder than the first time. A couple of times my heart rate monitor signalled that I was in zone 6 -- that's about 90 of my maximum heart rate. I slowed to a walk when that happened and let it go back down. When I topped the hill I was able to see the timer clock. I had a shot at beating 57:30 which would have been a 9:15 pace. So I gave it an extra kick.
Now when I crossed the mat, I saw the clock and it said 57:10. I was happy. But when they posted the times, they had me at 56:06! That's about a 9:02. I'll take it!
It's not a 10k PR. I think that will be out of reach for a while since I think it was set on a short course. But still., if I can carry that kind of a run with me up to Chicago next week, I might get my 2:00 Half. That requires a 9:09.6 mile.
Tomorrow I have a story about getting to packet pickup and I have some pictures and video.
Friday, July 13, 2012
The most epic run you will ever witness -- youtu.be/yyCjIf7IpI0
And here is what RWDaily had to say about it:
Feel Much Better About Your Running in 2 Minutes 45 Seconds -- rwdaily.runnersworld.com/2012/06/fee
June 28, 2012 7:26 am
I can't remember exactly who I stole this from, but it was somebody on Facebook. (Sorry for the lack of credit, Facebook person!)
But, yeah: If you want to feel a lot better about your own running form -- or about your running in general -- look no further than this painful/funny/mesmerizing video, which shows a weird online video game called "Qwop." -- www.foddy.net/Athletics.html
The idea is for the player to use his Q and W keys, and his O and P keys, to make the guy in the game "run." It's hard. Try it yourself, here.
Next time you run, especially if you're having an "off" day, remember poor Qwop. I don't care who you are or how clumsy you think your form is. Compared with this poor bastard, you soar like an eagle.
And remember: If you ever fall down, just hit the "space" bar, pick yourself up, and start over.
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