watched the NYC marathon this morning. very exciting races for both the men and the women. congrats to meb!
i was sad to see paula struggling so much in the final miles. she had some interesting commentary about her injury after the race:
"It's actually a twinge, it's a tendonitis in the tendon
behind the knee. They scanned it, there was no tear. It was just
tendonitis, like fluid build‑up in there. It's just really sore. I can't
bend this leg. I hoped it would be okay because it felt good yesterday,
felt good the first ten miles. But at 11 miles it got sore."
this sounds IDENTICAL to what i experienced in the ogden marathon this year, especially the part about not being able to bend her leg. but here is the difference: she started feeling pain at mile 11, gutted it out and finished in 4th place. i felt pain at mile 17 and dropped out. ha.
5,4,3,2,1 min. hard (average 6:00 pace) 1 min. rest between each one
2 miles @ 6:40 pace
3 miles @ 6:20 pace
2 x 800m @ 6:00 pace
there was no real structure or plan for this workout; just ran by feel. my left shin was hurting yesterday (same twinge i was feeling before the SLC marathon in april), so i started out easy and as it loosened up i felt more and more in the mood incorporate some speed. then i would slow down, run easy for a mile or so, and then speed up again and do something different. i was also focused on beating my 10 mile time from last monday (1:13:35). i hit 10 miles today in 1:10:15.
total time for 12 miles was 1:25:11 / 7:06 average for the run.
shin was hurting afterward. will ice it a few times today and see how it feels tomorrow. i really hope this isn't another nagger emerging. please no!
dramatic pirate limp→regular pirate limp→noticeable regular limp→semi-noticeable nuanced limp→hardly noticeable stiff walk→regular full weight-bearing walk with little pain→regular full weight-bearing walk with a slight twinge→regular full weight-bearing walk; mostly zero pain with occasional twinge→ ?
so this leads me to believe that it is either a super tiny microscopic stress fracture that is getting better quickly from not running, or it is not quite a fracture but a stress reaction, or maybe neither or the above.
treatment has been 2 x 20 minute ice and 1 x 60 min ice/heat/ice per day. i have also been testing out some natural anti-inflammatories in fish oil and curcumin (turmeric powder).
will not try to run again until monday. i expect by then all will be well. if not, time to start thinking about x-rays/bone scan. i'll also have to book a wedding date with the elliptical.
i cheated. i ran today. i woke up and thought about spending another sweaty morning on the elliptical/bike and had absolutely no desire. i promised myself i wouldn't run until monday 11/16, but my impatient self got the best of me.
i figured since i can put full weight on my leg with zero pain then that rules out a stress fracture. and i had to know if my leg was runnable. couldn't wait any longer.
headed out at 6:15. cold wind with little eye-stinging frozen beady flurries but no snow yet. ran a quick loop around USU campus, very slow and easy. my leg definitely felt better, but i will admit i could still feel a twinge. iced as soon as i got home and now it feels fine again. so i'll be moving back into this slowly. i can handle a few XT days in the gym next week if i can mix some running into it. at least i know i can handle the distance of a turkey trot...
i know i always complain about cold hands, but it's because often on my runs my cold hands go to the extreme due to what is known as raynaud's phenomenon. it's this fun little circulation problem, and it occurs mainly in my hands but occasionally will affect my feet (most often if they are trapped in wet shoes).
these "attacks" mostly occur on cold runs, but my hands are sensitive enough that it sometimes happens in the frozen food aisle of a grocery store or touching cold weights at the gym. that is why i almost always race in gloves, sometimes even in the summer if it is early and still rather cool out. it's mostly annoying but sometimes it can be fun since it freaks people out. "hey take a look at this, do you think i have frostbite?" [screams]
another odd thing about raynaud's is that it often happens only on specific fingers. for me, it's my middle and ring finger on my right hand. interestingly enough, my grandma (mom's side) and my dad both have this problem, but on their left hands (they are right-handed, i am left-handed...coincidence?) anyway, my fingers never turn blue; just white. and they go numb, but it is a painful kind of numb and very irritating. if i run my fingers under hot water the life slowly flows back into them. it is like watching the mercury rise in a thermometer. so there is the story of just one of my many crazy defects. i got a nice pic this morning, although it's a bit blurry since i was still very cold:
45 minutes USU indoor track. i didn't want to count laps today, so i'll log 5.5 miles. couldn't have been less than that, but not sure if i made it quite to 6. so 5.5 is good for today. 8:15 pace to start, ended up around 7:45 pace the last 20 minutes, including a 4 lap surge (7:00-ish pace) at the very end when the ROTC guys were doing their 2 mile time trial. i couldn't help speeding up trying to stay with them. i felt like i was at a track meet again, with people on the sidelines yelling out splits at each lap. i miss those days.
the good news is that my leg feels really good, it just takes a couple of miles to warm up. 97% today.
FFF spin - AM session with a new instructor. she is a softy. she kept saying she didn't want to work us too hard. just when it would start to get intense she would say "ok easy pedal time, i am going to wear you all out." nobody in the class was even sweating. PM FFF with tommy is much more brutal.
i'll be glad when this week is over. extraordinary amount of things to get done in very little time.
golds gym in american fork: ran one mile on TM. very very painful. back to square one with the leg; don't ask me why. hobbled over to the elliptical. 10 minutes. frustrated. got off and decided to try out the arc trainer. 20 minutes. worst flailing of my life. a bit of weights. left the gym limping and rather upset.
drove back to logan today. tons of homework to catch up on. also trying to finalize my applications for grad school to get my PhD. if all goes as planned i will be moving to arizona, kansas, pennsylvania or oregon. i prefer to go to a warmer climate, but wherever i can get in, i'll take it.
55 minutes of yoga. 30 minutes of running. there is a lingering twinge in my leg, but i made it through without any onset of actual pain. stopped while i still felt good instead of waiting for pain to set in. a novel idea really. this is week 5, by the way. ehh.