July 2014 – What A Rollercoaster
July was a roller coaster — no doubt about it, but I am encouraged about the direction my running is going and here are some of the things that I want to focus on:
- Carrying through on a decision made
- Dodging a huge bullet
- Running with Bennie
- Slight Name Change Again
Favorite Photo from July
At the end of June, my Chiropractor basically told me he had done about as much as he could do for me and my hamstring.
At that point I decided to stop playing running injury victim. What – my hamstring was bad enough that I was willing to pay out-of-pocket for a Chiropractor? Yes, it was still sore, but strangely enough, as soon as I decided to move on from being an injured runner, to just being a runner again. It didn’t bother me as much?
It was as though a switch had been flipped — I started to move on and get back to just being a runner again. Did this mean the hamstring miraculously stopped hurting or effecting my running completely – no, but it meant that I stopped focusing on how it felt and how it was holding my running back. Instead I focused on improving my running.
The mind is a strange thing sometimes.
Dodging a Huge Bullet
Back on July 12th, I had a hay wagon run over my right foot (read about it here).
Watching that tire run over my foot was scary, all I could think of was how long would I be injured this time. Luckily, it didn’t do the severe damage that I expected. Sure my foot was SORE and bruised, but I was able to keep walking on it and only felt that I took a week off to make sure that I didn’t make things worse.
While I am back to running over 30 miles a week again, my foot is still a little sore at times, so I am being a cautious/conservative on those days when it is, until all the soreness is gone.
Running With Bennie
Bennie and I are becoming best running buddies, he enjoys our morning romps, he is my extra speedwork or is that strides workouts, the pace is usually not all that even, faster, slower and some strength training – when he decided it is time to go after some critters that are down back.
It is a LOT of fun running with him and no these are not crap miles, that I use to “pad” my weekly mileage totals. If you think that come on over and run a couple of miles with us 🙂 , it will change your mind .
Slight Blog Name Change
I went ahead and changed the name of my blog to Aging Runnah. You can read the reasons here. It has a lot to do with accurately describing what I write about here and not having a negative perspective/vibe on my running and life.
The good news is that I was able to run over 100 miles and since I made the decision to just run, my running has gotten better and I am starting to feel like I am getting back in shape.
Not too shabby considering how close I came to having a pretty significant injury and taking 8 days off in a row to make sure my foot was okay. I am running by feel versus any plan for a while. That way I do not feel pressured to do a certain workout or mileage, while I am making sure that the foot continues to improve.
I am going to start the Kinetic Revolution’s 6 week program to improve my running on Monday. I like the different exercises/routines that he has and I think that adding those to my running over the next month or so, will make me a better runner.
This month was dominated by what happened or better what didn’t happen to my foot when it got run over by the hay wagon. The hamstring is still not 100%, but it is not the focus that it was in May and June. I am moving on.
If you are interested in all the different injuries I have had over the years, you can read about them here, I know that once I put the list together, I was shocked by the number of things that I have done to myself.
Running shoes are not the answer to my injuries, but they can make a difference in how you run. Although I have a bunch of shoes listed below, I pretty much have gotten my rotation down to:
- Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s – Long runs and recovery runs
- Skechers GoMeb 2’s – Track, treadmill and road speedwork sessions
- Pearl Izumi Peak II’s – For running downback with Bennie and on easy trail runs.
- Skechers GoBionic Trail – Trail racing, if I ever get around to doing one again.
- Pearl Izumi N2 Roads – My walking shoes – no running.
I have put away my Brooks Launch and Green Silence for a while – at least until my hamstring is fully healed and then see if I can add them back into the rotation. The Energy and GoRun2’s are sitting in my gym locker as just in case shoes, the N1 Trails are gone and N2 Road CY will probably be added to the long run/recovery day rotation, when I start adding more miles to my weekly totals or the GRR2’s start getting more miles on them and the GR4’s or other Skechers trainer that are due to be released in November.
None – I was starting to get ready to start again, but decided not to after the hay wagon incident, just to make sure that I don’t push it too hard and do something stupid. Although I really wanted to do the 5K in Belgrade last weekend and Bond Brook last night – the foot is still sore enough after a tough workout to be conservative for a while longer.
The reality is that
I am actually pretty happy with where my running is, compared to where it was a few weeks ago. I know that I am very lucky to even be running now, after that hay wagon ran over my foot. It could have been months of not running and a painful rehab, if my foot had been crushed just a little more. So I really appreciate my running now and do not take it for granted.
I want to thank everyone in my online and local running community who have supported me through the past few months and my ups and downs that has been the story of my running lately. You have shown me how important having supportive people around me is to helping me get through some of the tough points I have had lately.