Recovery Run + Trail Run 3/9/13

Altra Superiors in the Wild

Today was a scheduled recovery day after, my long run yesterday. It was one of those nothing special runs, except for one little thing. I wore SHORTS outside for the first time this year!

This is a big deal, because it is a something that I did several times last by this time, not this year it has been a lot colder than last year.

The first couple of laps were pretty boring, although a lot of the neighbors started to come out of hibernation and there were a bunch of kids out riding bikes and just enjoying being outside. It was nice seeing other people outside in the neighborhood.

So on the third lap I decided to go up on Manny’s snowmobile trail to get a little trail running in. It was a lot tougher this afternoon, since the snow had melted a lot and was a little slushy and muddy on the trail. It was a good test for the Superiors. They did okay, but not great in these conditions, the tread is not quite aggressive enough for mud/slushy snow.

I am beginning to find the limitations of the Superiors, they are truly a great urban trail shoe, especially for combination runs where you run on a lot of road/dirt and do a quick couple of miles on a milder trail, but not really a tough single-track/winter or lots of mud trail shoe. While I can run in those conditions in them, there are better choices for that kind of running i.e. the Lone Peak.

I also walked a couple of miles along the snowmobile trails this morning and got these photos.

Stay Connected to Running-Even When Injured

A Long Time Ago – 1979

 

I have been transferring posts from WordPress to Blogger – manually and this is one that I made a mistake on an published today instead of when I originally published it back in Feb 2012. However, when I got to thinking about it, this post is still very pertinent today, so I will recycle it and keep it here

Mike W over at Just a Little Run wrote a post Just a Little Run…: Making It Count., about what to do when injured and he offered a lot of great advice on things you can do while you are injured to stay active.

 

I added one more thing and I think it is an important one.

Stay Connected

(online or face-to-face)

Many runners when they are injured (whether it is running related or not) have the tendency to isolate themselves away from other runners and stop participating in a community that they were so active in before they were injured. Especially if the injury will mean a long period of not running.
Unfortunately, when they are injured many runners are thinking only about how their injury affects them (been there done that), not how they will be missed by the people they have become friends with and not how they can still contribute to the community they have been such a part of, even while they are injured.

Why

  • many are jealous of those who can run, when they can’t run and don’t want to be around people who can
  • no one “understands” how they feel about not being able to run (like nobody else has ever been injured)
  • don’t want to be a “burden” on others (you’re not)
  • don’t want to continually answer the question “When are you going to start running again?”
  • that people will get tired of hearing them whine about our injury (we understand – believe me we understand)
  • they no longer feel that we are part of the “group” if we can’t run (b.s.)

That is unfortunate, because when runners have an injury there is a process that we all seem to work through and a good blog post on those stages of injury is over at Shut up Run – Stages of Injury. Runners do need support (whether they want to admit it or not) in getting through those stages and getting back to the sport they loved so much.

Isolation

When a runner isolates themselves from their online or real life running support network:

  • it deprives the injured runner of one their natural running support networks that help them stay engaged with others who have the same interests
  • they lose contact with those who would stay positive about their return to running, even when the person doesn’t believe it will happen
  • they tend to be more pessimistic about whether/when and how they will get back to the sport
  • develop bad habits, i.e. eating, drinking, not doing anything at all to remain active, instead of what they can. Then find themselves completely out of shape in a relatively short time
  • they let go of the great friendships they have developed in that community
  • it takes them longer to return to the sport they loved so much
  • or worse the injured runner just completely leaves running
  • I am sure there are more, but this is a start to that list

These are all things that I have done and so have many other injured runners.

What should you do

You can sit back and become a couch potato, get fat, lazy and pessimistic about the future or you can make the best of a bad situation, pick yourself up, dust yourself and stay involved your running community.

What can an injured runner do to stay involved in running, even though they might be injured:

  • Volunteer to help out at local races, events, fun run or your local running club (help with registration at races or whatever you can do)
  • There are always online chats/hastags: #fitfluential #runchat #fitblog #runners #running and all the other online running forums to participate in.
  • help organize things for other runners, be part of the clean-up detail
  • if you have computer skills, blogging, know how to put together a webpage, use Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social media to  publicize the club and to attract new members, can help write a newsletter, etc. your local running club should be very interested in your help and you will be considered a very valuable asset to the club
  • figure out what other skills that you have, that can be a huge asset – carpentry, photography, writing, etc.
  • be part of a support team, I know of many times at local fun runs (back in the day), that injured runners would drive the “I’m done vehicle” for the other runners who couldn’t/didn’t complete a run. I have used that vehicle as a runner a couple of times during fun runs and it was a welcome sight. Just have some plastic bags to cover your seats – those damn sweaty runners.
  • if your friends are at a race and you haven’t volunteered to help, cheer your friends on in different parts of the race course (if possible) and be there at the end to help them out. You would appreciate it if the roles were reversed.
  • take lots of pictures of your friends running, races, fun runs, events, etc., they will tell you how horrible they look, but will still be thankful that you took the pictures of them in action and add them to their albums, blogs or however, they keep track of their photos.  Runners usually don’t have too many pictures of us running or at running events.
  • most of all stay our friend
  • An injured runner still has all that experience and knowledge that they gained while they were running and can continue to pass that knowledge on to other runners.

There are so many things that an injured runner can do to remain active in the running community and I am sure that you have more ideas to help injured runners stay active in the running community.

The reality is that

JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE INJURED DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU CANNOT REMAIN INVOLVED IN YOUR RUNNING COMMUNITY.

It totally sucks, to be injured and not be able to run whatever the reason (I was gone for almost 18 months this last time and the injury wasn’t even running related), but it doesn’t mean that you don’t have anything to give to your fellow runners while you are injured.

You can exchange the word “runner” for any other activity you enjoy and continue to participate – this is not just about running.

What do you think?

What do you think, should injured runners just fade away from the running community or should they continue to be active and vibrant members of that community, even if they can’t run?

Finally

If you are injured look closely at the things that Mike at Just a Little Run…: Making It Count says in his post – it is all great advice! But remember, it is also important to stay connected to others who share your interests, even when you can’t actively participate. You still have a lot to offer other runners even while you are injured.

Runneritis – Updating How my Dread Disease is Going

Back in December 2011, I announced to the world that I had a dread disease called Runneritis.

What’s going on Harold?

I was going through a lot of my old posts, updating them to Blogger last night and I cam across my post Runneritis – A Dread Disease post. I thought you might be interested in how my disease is progressing and challenge you at the end of the post.

Unfortunately, for those of us with Runneritis there is no known cure and I know that it affects me more than I want to admit – daily. No it isn’t in the DSM-IV or even acknowledged by medical doctors – in fact they scoff at the idea of this affliction.

When I announced that I had Runneritis this what I looked like. Notice the double-chin and chubby cheeks and the whacked-out look on my face

Looking like this while running in a N’oreaster is proof of
this poor soul having the dread disease Runneritis //

Believe it or not I am not the only person afflicted with Runneritis. If you look carefully, you will find several million people are afflicted with Runneritis around the world. You will see thousands running in large groups in Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, London, Berlin and Tokyo – it is an international problem, but they call it Marathoning.

Hell you might even have seen more than a few cases in your town or heaven forbid – your neighborhood. They run around in brightly colored clothing in all kinds of weather and all they ever seem to talk about in person or on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ are their aches and pains, the weather, the pros/cons of treadmills and how everything seems to affect their affliction

Just a reminder some of the symptoms of Runneritis are:

If you see someone moving faster than a walk, with either an ugly grimace or a stupid grin:

  • at 6:00 A.M. or earlier
  • at lunch time and then while they are supposed to be working eating their lunch
  • after dark, when everyone else is watching TV
  • in rain and wind – up to and including hurricane force
  • in blizzards – otherwise known as N’oreasters
  • in mud up to their knees
  • on a treadmill for more than 30 minutes
  • while running ungodly distances like 10 miles,  things called marathons or the universally dreaded Ultras
  • running on hiking trails

or if you know someone who is or has:

  • Spending more money on new running shoes even though they have at least 5 pair stashed somewhere in the house, gym locker or at work under their desk.
  • Having to buy new running clothes because the old ones are too big
  • Throwing away perfectly good clothes because they smell as though they had done battle with a skunk in a cabbage patch.
  • Spending money on new apps for a smart phone related to running, but none of them are quite right.
  • Getting the newest all weather gear to run in, so they don’t sweat so bad or a least not stink quite so much
  • Needing a new watch or Garmin to time themselves and get an accurate GPS fix on how far they ran, even though the old one only needs a new battery.
  • Spending money that isn’t in the budget, on race registrations and brags about the races they signed up for in 2013 or 2014.
  • Having subscriptions to more than 2 running magazines
  • Running on vacation
  • Planning a vacation around a race they want to run
  • During the holidays going for a run, instead of staying and talking with family (might be a good thing).
  • Plan to go to a race and coerce those who don’t run to stand in the cold to cheer you on
  • Have a blog that focuses on running
  • Subscribing to more than 20 running focused blogs in a Feed Reader and brag about it
  • Follow hundreds of runners on Twitter
  • Have a Facebook page devoted to running and be “friends” with hundreds of people you don’t know
  • Have a Google+ Circle named Running and a page for their running blog
  • You hear whining about not being able to run, when it was running injured that got them injured.
Alas a new symptom has come to my attention that is a very important one to help identify those with Runneritis – the wasting away.
Their old clothes are all too large (going from 38 waist pants to a 30), the afflicted look much different than they did a year ago. As you can see from my photo after my 13 mile run last night, some of the affects of Runneritis on me.
The double chin is mostly gone, the cheeks are not as chubby and there is less of the wild look,  I look calmer now than I did in the first image!

This wasting away concerns many people, especially the wary couch potatoes, who fee you might give them your dread disease.

If you are constantly asked “Are you feeling okay, you look a little gaunt”, Wow, you look different” or “How did you loose so much weight? or other similar comments and you probably have been afflicted with Runneritis.

Do you know of anyone who exhibits these symptoms?

If you do, feel very, very sorry for their family. Runneritis is very contagious, so the rest of their family and friends are at risk of developing this disease as well, unless there is an intervention by specially trained professional couch potatoes.

Also if you have not taken the proper precautions and you have been exposed to Runneritis, you might get a bad case of Runneritis youself, without realizing what has happened and no longer be in the good graces of the couch potato regime.

Look carefully at the warning signs of Runneritis that I have listed above before it is too late or is it too late?

Do you have Runneritis?

However, thinking about it, now I have to ask, do you see any or many of these symptoms in yourself.

OMG don’t tell me that you have Runneritis too.

Nooooooo!

Once you have it, you can never be completely cured – at least that is the what the folklore says.

You might even stop running for a while and go into couch potato mode, but in the back of your mind, you will always be looking at a reason to buy the newest running shoes, slipping up and attempting to run 10 yards to just see if you can yet, then the next time it becomes 20 yards and before you know it (and before the couch potatoes or other family members can stop you), you have a full-fledged outbreak of the dreaded Runneritis again.

Even in my worst periods of being a couch potato, I would still look at those running magazines with all those skinny people at book stores and sometimes not so skinny people running around trying to get someplace faster than they did before.

I would get to thinking about what it would be like to be out there – running

Then the runneritis flare-up would blossom into a full-fledged bout of runneritis again,

No Cure

No – I don’t really think there is a cure, once you have the dreaded disease called Runneritis. It is something that gets into your system and never completely goes away!

I am sure that others have written or at least thought about whether they have Runneritis or not, even if they called it by another name.

Hi my name is Harold and I have a bad case of Runneritis.

Do you have Runneritis, what are your symptoms? Is there a cure? Do you want to be cured?

The challenge – blog, Facebook or G+ how your Runneritis has “afflicted” you.