Feeling Good, Being Smaht – Well Mostly

Okay, on Tuesday, I stressed the left leg a little more than I wanted to, when I moved some step rubble with a wheelbarrow through soft lawn. Yeah, the leg rightly complained about that and I stopped before it got too grumpy.

Due to the way the leg felt on Tuesday, I shut everything down on Wednesday. Well, almost, I still had to move all that rubble from the steps. However, instead of using the wheelbarrow, I used the lawn wagon and it worked quite nicely, but best of all, it didn’t bother my leg. I was able to get things cleaned up with about 10 trips to the scrap pile and put the (new to us) steps there.

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The best thing is that the left leg felt pretty good all day. However, I was conservative and didn’t attempt to run or bike and kept my walks shorter than usual.

Today (Thursday) my leg felt good, so after lunch I was able to get out for a run. We are in the middle of a major house renovation and I have to stick around to answer questions or discuss changes to the plan.

The weather was my first really warm weather run with 75* and 70% humidity with a nice breeze out of the South. So I knew that I was going to sweat a lot.

I wasn’t sure of what I was going to do, so I started out slow and ran completely by feel. I focused on quiet landing keeping my arm swing compact. The first mile went by without any issues from the left leg, so I decided to keep going.

At that point I could keep doing laps on Philbrick or head down back. I wanted to see how the RA Max v1 did on the dirt. The grip was very good on the dirt road and I even purposely ran on a few of the rocks to see how they protected my feet. No problems my feet felt fine.

When I got back up on the tar, the leg was still feeling really good and I decided to keep going. I never really purposely pushed the pace and kept up a nice 9:00 minute pace throughout.

Overall, it was a nice 3.0 plus mile run, where my leg did not bother at all during the run. Yes, I was tempted a couple of times to pick-up the pace a little, but as soon as I started, I cut it back quickly. Right now is not at all about speed, it is all about running comfortably, not having any pain or discomfort in the leg and re-establishing my base a bit.

I did use the Milestone Pod and the results are exactly what I expected and the change from the Zoom Flys on the Leg Swing is pretty dramatic. I am back to strictly a medium leg swing.

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Today, I think I accomplished that. The leg was a little sore after I got done, but I expect some soreness as part of the recovery process. Soreness and pain are different beasts and I have had enough experience recovering from previous injuries to have a pretty good idea of the difference. Soreness is a good thing and a sign that things are going in the correct direction.

I am just going to listen to my body and keep the mileage between the 2-3 mile range for a while and take days off when things start to get beyond the soreness point. Gotta be smart. I know Harold being Harold usually tops being smahter, but I am getting better at it – slowly but surely. At least I think I am – others I am sure will disagree.

The bottom line is that I am running again and that makes me a very happy runner.

 

Running, Biking and Harold the Destroyer

Yeah, I forgot to hit the publish button on this post the other day.

Oops!

One of those busy days, a decent run, an easy bike ride and some sledgehammer time. Everything went really well, until I started to pickup the debris and wheelbarrow it away.

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So let’s talk about the run first:

After yesterday’s successful run, I wanted to try another easy run and did almost 1.5 miles without any issues. I didn’t push the pace at all and just ran comfortably. The Salomon RA Max v1 really do seem to be the real deal as far as the Vibe technology goes.

However, 1.45 miles is not quite enough cardio for me at this point and time, so after I finished running I got the bike out and did an easy 8.3 miles on it. I went down to Goodhue Road and never really pushed the speed. I am not saying that I will ever love riding a bike, but at least I can get outside, get a little sun and fresh air to satisfy those needs for me.

My day was interrupted by a quick trip to the new dentist for a cleaning, one of my favorite things – not. However, this one was pretty good, because the hygienist was someone that I ran with over at Quarry Road last year. We talked a bit about running and she qualified for Boston again at Sugarloaf last month – very cool.

When I got back home, it was time for some upper body workout. I needed to get out my best Harold the Destroyer mode and make an old set of cement steps into chunks that were small enough to actually move out of the way. it took about 45 minutes of pretty damn steady and sweaty work, but that one big chunk is now a lot of small chunks and ready to move.

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Well, I started to move the smaller chunks with a wheelbarrow, mmmm the left leg was not too happy about that. It seems that lifting 50-75 pounds of concrete chunks and then attempting to push it through soft ground was not what it thought was a great idea. I did two loads and decided that it was going to be more prudent to do it tomorrow.

The leg was complaining more than I wanted it to, so being somewhat smarter than usual I followed the famous last words the doc said to me “if it starts to hurt – stop”. So I did – I stopped.

I have a feeling that instead of the wheelbarrow, I will be using the garden wagon, the pulling shouldn’t put as much stress on the leg. Then again, if it is raining tomorrow, I might wait until Thursday.

Actually the leg has been doing really good and I might just give it a day off – for good behavior or to make believe that I am getting smarter. 😉