Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I'd forget my head too

First, I got a few of the 'about me' tabs updated. Somehow blogger must have figured out that posts in the 80's aren't actually REAL posts - because they didn't show up in my reader. Score one for Google (who owns blogger). Next step, figuring out reminders for "#2" breaks that email my gmail account.

Next, a quick update on the stress fracture. I am feeling nearly no pain, before, during or after my runs. By nearly no pain I mean that I think I am 99% better. The one issue is that my calves and/or Achilles have been really sore after about every run. I'm not sure what this is, but I am been stretching them out like crazy. My calves have always been really tight so it is something that I am always trying to work on. Hopefully it doesn't develop into anything more serious.

Finally, (my English teacher would be proud of the structure of this post) I went for a quick 4 mile run last night. It was my first attempt at anything speedy for any duration since my stress fracture.

4 miles, 7:15 average pace

The run started out rather frustrating. I wear jumpers knee platellar straps because my quads are weak like a wee little girl's quads. I've wore them for the last two years and don't have the guts to NOT wear them. Well, I forgot to pack them in my suitcase this week. FAIL. What is a guy to do? Just like every time I get a little low on my medicine (whiskey) - Walgreens to the rescue. I remember hearing that cross country girls would sometimes use athletic tape as a substitute. The result?

Try not to swoon too hard at my chicken legs. The interesting thing is that I KNOW that those cross country girls probably shave their legs. Let me tell you, taking the tape off was none too fun. I'm seriously considering shaving the back of my knees cyclist style because I'm going to have to do this Thursday morning. Owwza.

The run itself went okay. I started out with a half mile warmup and then worked to hit a tempo pace at around 7:10 or 7:15. I was able to hit the pace, but it seemed to require a lot more effort than it did before my injury. Not all that unexpected, but still a bit frustrating. The first half wasn't too bad, but mile 3 was a real doozy. I still worked to keep a relaxed effort, but doing that took almost more effort than the actual running. I'm going to keep adding a mile a week onto this day until I peak out at around 7 miles. If that doesn't help me regain some speed, I don't know what will!


RunnuRMark said...

nice. I can't believe you wrapped tape around your hairy knees. That had to hurt like hell. But I guess at least you got to look like a cross country girl :)
Nice job on the speedwork. You're back fo sho.

Ulyana said...

This post cracks me up! It's so funny that you put tape on hair, haha! But then I'm glad you didn't write a post about how you drew a bubble bath and then shaved your legs... I'd have some questions after that, haha! :)

Ashley said...

So you used to live in KS....and I used to live in AZ (Tucson)...small world, eh?? Aaaaand, I am recovering from a stress fracture too...kinda creepy. But mine was in my fibula. I'm thinking the knee sounds very painful - ouch!!!

Nice speedwork, there! Just be careful not to reinjure me...cuz I did. :\

Mel-2nd Chances said...

sorry, but i had to giggle a bit. My bf had a hamstring injury last year, got taped by our chiropractor... before he had the opportunity to shave. I had the job of taking it off.... i heard some very bad words and got the nastiest looks lol. Great run!!

Your wife said...

Can I just say that you look like a dork when you take self portraits. I still love you but you are a dork. :)

Jamoosh said...

Knock Knock?
Whose there?
Your Knees...

sRod said...

I've found increased resourcefulness is one of the unexpected positive side effects of running, along with increased sense of direction and the ability to drop a deuce anywhere.