No I didn’t run today, I didn’t run yesterday, I will not run tomorrow and I do not know if I will run on Wednesday either.
It is not that I can’t run, it is that I have chosen not to.
When I jumped off the tailgate of my truck last Thursday, it sure as hell was not the smartest thing I have ever done.
I was just about back to running “normal” for me.
Which means that I still had aches, pains and things that I have just accepted that I suck it up and deal with if I want to run. They are my normal, so I was almost back to that.
When I landed I knew that I had f’d-up pretty good and that my race on Saturday probably wasn’t happening, but I was hoping a miracle or that it would hold together and that I could just suck it up enough to get through the race.
It didn’t, I couldn’t and I had a Did Not Start because of the issues with my hamstring and I actually was trying to be smarter than usual and not tear anything (been there done that, don’t want to go through it again).
The week started with my taking a planned week-long blog vacation and it ended up as a week of major changes to my blog that go way beyond simply clicking a button to change the theme.
It also was a week of frustration and disappointment in my running.
Well let’s correct that. Frustration in how I am recovering from that hamstring strain or more to the point – not recovering from it. A couple of weeks ago I strained my hamstring on a cold/nasty day that I wore shorts. I have been sort of rehabbing it, while running through the discomfort.
Which as we all know doesn’t usually work and ends up making things worse.
On Saturday I was scheduled to run the Stride into Summer 5K in Gardiner. It was raining, but not too cold at right around 50 degrees – actually I usually run pretty good in that kind of weather. The hamstring was sore and tried to warm-up, but the hamstring just wasn’t cooperating and I had to withdraw and take a Did Not Start. Which pissed me off – but I also knew and know that if I had run I would have been on the shelf for a lot longer. You can read the whole thing here.
The next couple of weeks will be all about rehabbing my hamstrings (which I have always had issues with) and getting them back to where they need to be, so I can run pain-free again or at least what is normal for me.
Yes, I know what I need to do, but now I have to actually do it.
As you can see, I changed the theme for my blog and I also have a new name – Ramshackle Runnah.
You can read about all the gory details here and here, but it comes down to – there was another blog with pretty much the same name that has been around a lot longer than I have and when I finally found out about it last week, I felt that I had done something wrong and needed to correct it as soon as possible.
After a lot of thinking looking at a lot of different variations of Runnah, I settled on Ramshackle Runnah.
Actually it probably fits what I do as a runner because I don’t really do a good job of consistently training and am always changing something – leaving everyone including myself scratching my head about why I just did that and then wondering why my running was/is such a mess.
Right now I am not in training mode. I need to stop running, training and focus on what I need to do to rehab my hamstring, so that I can get back to training.
Brooks Launch 9.0 – Initial Impressions post here. I went over 50 miles in the Brooks Launch and I like them, they are a nice cushioned shoe that fits me well. Here is the 50 mile review.
Pearl Izumi EM/N2 9.0 – 50 mile review. Have been turned into my primary walking shoes.
Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road 8.5 – No runs in these shoes this week.
Brooks Green Silence – Initial Impressions. I finally got them in and I like them so far, but they feel less like a racing shoe and more like many of the light-weight trainers that I have run in over the past couple of years. While I will use them as my race day shoes when I get back to racing, I do not believe that they are what I am really looking for in for a pair of racing shoes. Time will tell.
One of the things that I did get accomplished during this week was transition over to Strava. I have uploaded my 2013 and 2014 run so far and will be working on inputing 2012 and 2011 when I get around to it.
Weekly Mileage Summary
Other than the left hamstring issues, nothing serious. The right knee irritation has pretty much over and back to its normal. The left Achilles continues to stay in the 80% healed range (which is about as much as I think I am going to get back).
Run into Summer 5K – Did not Start.
The reality is that
There are no shortcuts to rehabbing my left hamstring.
I have to stop and take the time it needs to heal and then do the work after.
Historically, I have had problems with my hamstrings so this is not a completely new issue, but one that I have never really resolved. Most of the time, I just reduce my mileage and run through the discomfort until it goes away. As an older runner, I know that I can’t do that anymore, I need to find the underlying cause for the hamstring issues and correct it – if I can.
So this could take longer than I like or want and unfortunately, if I live up to my Ramshackle Runnah title, about halfway through the process I will just start running again, when it starts to feel better. Which is not what I need to do, but…well we will see.
What do you think of the changes to the blog so far?