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Week In Review – The Good and The Bad 6-15-14

IMG_20140615_095503The good news is that the Chiro was finally able to coral that piece of scar tissue and made me scream like a little girl. However, he did loosen it up a lot and it is about 70% resolved which is a LOT better than I have been at for a long time. Which meant that my run on Friday was one of my better ones in quite a while.

The bad news is that at Tuesday’s Quarry Road Trail 5K, I ate dirt and wrenched my back pretty good. It was sore on Wednesday, felt a little better Thursday and hardly bothered at all on Friday. However, on Saturday, after I ran with Bennie, it hurt like a son of b$%$#. I didn’t get to do a lot else that day, because of how much discomfort I was in.

Surprisingly, when I woke up this morning, it felt pretty good and when I ran with Bennie, I tried something different. I didn’t put his leash on my belt. It worked, no pain, so his constant tugging, pulling and then tugging some more must have aggravated whatever I did on Tuesday, just enough to make it painful. I was able to run a couple of miles afterwards without any issues, so it seems that I am back on track for running again.

Finally, it really feels as though I am making headway towards running comfortably again, it has been awhile.

Training

Still working on just base mileage, no speed work, hills or pushing more than 80% during trail races at Quarry Road. I might give a little more effort during the Rail Trail 5K (no I am not running the Half – again this year, but at least I am running part of it). I am still doing the Kinetic Revolution’s 30 Day Challenge, although I am 3 days behind schedule – that life gets in the way thing), but I am doing my mobilization and strength work daily.

Gear

Strava - Running Shoe List 6-5-14

Strava – Running Shoe List 6-5-14

Skechers GoRun Ride 2 – I just did my 50 mile review of them and to be honest, the best thing that I can say about them is that they just work for me.

Brooks Launch – I have turned them into my primary walking and part-time Bennie running shoes, they are comfortable, but I like the way the GRR2’s feel better, otherwise would be running them.

The other shoes on the list were not used this week.

TomTom GPS Watch: I plan to do the 6 month update this week, if I have time, but it looks like “one” of those weeks coming up, so it might be a little longer.

Weekly Mileage Summary

30.9 again this week. I might have gotten a few more miles if I hadn’t messed up my back a little, but I am extremely happy with the 30 miles for the week.

Getting a little running consistency back in my life. Now just have to crack it over 40, add in some speed work, hills and hit the trails with a purpose (instead of just running them).

Rein back a little Harold and enjoy the running, being competitive can wait until September, when you have gotten back in shape and stayed injury free for a little while.

Strava - Run Recap 6-15-14

Strava – Run Recap 6-15-14

Injuries

Other than the left hamstring issues, the left Achilles/Posterior Tibialis are in the 80% healed range (which is about as much as I think I am going to get back) and bark at me from time-to-time, especially when I attempt to actually toe-off during a run. I am still going to Dr. Lawton weekly and he is helping me to get this hamstring back on track, there have been marked improvements since he started the trigger point therapy and as long as I keep up the mobilization, stretching and strengthening routines, I have a feeling that I will be better than ever.

I did bung up my back a little, but today it feels the best it has all week, so I think I figured out part of the reason for it hurting so much (putting Bennie’s leash on my belt and trying to run with a crazy Jack Russell), although imitating a scorpion when I at dirt on Tuesday probably didn’t really help it a lot.

Races

Quarry Road 5K Trail Race

  • Distance: 3.1
  • Official Time: 0:27:08
  • Placement: 28/69
  • Shoes: Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s

The reality is that

That being able to run 2 weeks in a row of over 30 miles felt good, even though the body might have moaned and groaned more than a little. However, the hammie feels the best it has for a while and now that I know what is aggravating the back, I know enough not to do it. I am enjoying my runs with Bennie and he will force me to be a faster and better runner, we run intervals without trying, plus I get at least an extra 10 miles a week just running with him and no they are not junk miles.

Bennie hauling me along

Bennie hauling me along

 

It is resistance training for him, since he is dragging around a 155 pound anchor and it is speed work for me, since I try to keep up with him. Good for both of us, plus I notice that he is sleeping better and not quite as hyper.

Overall, a very good week, lots of progress made and even a couple of pain-free miles run – they felt good.

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2 Comments »

  1. Ooh – glad the back wasn’t too bad! As you know it can be these silly little things (like jumping out of a flat-bed) that can wrack us up! Glad it looks like it is going to be OK.

    And I am excited to see another solid base week – you seem to be doing all of the right things, cutting yourself a bit of slack but basically keeping it all under control. Which is great!

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