Every year, I post something about the start of gun hunting season in Maine. Just as a reminder for runners and others who are out wandering around in the outdoors that they will be sharing many of their favorite haunts with guys and gals that are carrying guns and have as much right to be in the woods as they do.
I usually start from scratch, but I re-read my post from last year and to be honest, it still says I want I want to share with a few updates/edits.
So here goes.
Well the annual big event in rural Maine — Opening Day of Gun Deer Hunting Season happens this weekend. In many areas it is a huge deal, with Hunters Breakfasts, family gatherings, gettin upta huntin camp and all the other hoopla.
I get it, I used to get all excited about it too and was into archery and gun hunting as much as anyone. It was something that I grew up doing and I loved going out into the woods with Dad, even when it was -10*F and walking on stumps (that my feet had become in my old gum rubbers) back to the old Torino station wagon. The memories of hunting seasons past, keep it alive in my mind.
Better is a loaded phrase in my world as a runnah. I am, well most of the time a glass half-full kind of guy and try to be positive as often as possible. Today’s run was yet another 2.0 miles and that’s all folks.
The good thing is that I did get to run 2.0 fairly comfortable miles at a decent pace, in the sunshine and the road was in good shape, despite all the rain. Hell I even ran slower on the way back and kept the cadence decent which is something I have been trying to do, it just took coming up Stevens Hill to slow my arse down. Both really good things.
My right foot is pointing in the direction I am walking or running probably 85-90% of the time, which a couple of weeks ago when I first started to crank it in to correct that splay foot that resulted from falling off a ladder injury, I never thought would be possible.
I am also enjoying the challenges of attempting to change my form to more of a Chi Running one. It definitely is challenging and sometimes the focus on what I am attempting to do is overshadowing the simple pleasures I typically look forward to during my runs.
However, I am still seeing the Chi Running as a part of the solution to at least some of the injuries that I seem to collect all too often. I have to take the long-term view and what will be best for me next summer, not just next week or tomorrow.
One of the things that has helped me this time, is reading the Chi Marathon book, which presents Chi Running in a slightly different way than the Chi Running book. It still is Chi Running, but presented the mechanics differently enough that it and some of the YouTube videos makes a lot more sense to me this time than when I first attempted this bak in 2012.
On another good note, I was walking Bennie on his final walk and while going against the wind I put my hand in my pants pocket and pressed it against my quad. When I did, the quad felt well weird – like a hard knot in my leg that hurt…I rubbed my thumb up/down in the area between the Rectus Femoris and Vastus Lateralis and felt something release. It was painful for a couple of seconds and then a feeling of relief.
I was able to press my thumb between the two muscles and it felt as though part of the restriction I had been feeling while attempting to keep my right foot straight had been released. There was a lot less discomfort walking after that. I am not sure what happened, but will see tomorrow if it was anything or not. I am hoping that it was a scar tissue adherence between the two muscles and that it is now gone.
So those are the glass is half-full activities today, actually when I write it down like that this, it does seem like a pretty good day where I did get a lot done.
However, the other side of the coin is that I am still limited to only a couple miles of running, before I know that it is time to stop. Which is pretty frustrating for me, but at least I can say I am running and able to work on changing things a little, while not attempting to run longer distances.
The right leg/hip is starting to feel better, but it still is not where I want it to be to run without any discomfort. Patience is not one of my strong points, especially after four weeks of this stuff – I just wanna run.
Gotta stay positive, otherwise the gremlins will chase me down :-).