I shuffled through one road run too, and went to the gym and Bikram, but in general, I was just drained and tired and crashing hard at noon, practically driving around with my eyes shut closed. Didn't help that I am still off coffee and that Stephen had a spring break, what meant I dragged him to various appointments (doctor for the camp form, dentist for cleaning, oral surgeon for consult twice and to schedule a thing to do, skate park, friend's house, whatever thing so he feels entertained...) and still put in a full work week. By Friday I was toast and begging for the soul search, so I slept in (6 am, baby!) and instead of heading to work, waited till the sunrise and ran the River Place trail (The Staircase). Ran would be an overshot, as I mostly hiked every up-stairs and painfully struggled to maintain something running-related the rest of the way, but it was wonderful for the heart and the mind. The live felt much better, and I squeezed my work into a few hours to leave early and get a haircut! I was getting tired to have my hair all frizzy and messed-up and practically dead, and needed a change. Humidity didn't help either, so I was with a hair-do on Friday night...the night before the long run, sure:)
Doing 15 miles this morning in my condition wasn't the smartest idea, but I am full of stupid decisions, and Larry was out for the 27M trek around Georgetown lake, so I went to Barton creek. Thank God I didn't press that silly "start" button! I ran pathetically slow, but I ran, looking around, talking to bikers, meeting a guy from Oregon (he wore "Hood to Coast" shirt, and I stopped him and we chatted, and he lives in Tigard where I used to be, and he ran my PCT50!!!), talking to HCTR grizzly Jim Baltazar, having some chatting with Meghan Hailey...and eating pumpkin pie for calories that I made the night before and sucking on a soy sauce packet I picked up for salt! Yes, I am like that, when it comes to training runs that are not important, I just get out and hope for the best. Unlike Larry, who prepares for his long runs (and medium runs) like he is leaving the house for good on a cross-Arctic expedition. My clothes were soaked wet and disgusting, and I was in great need of food and salt, but I had enough water - and plenty of time to shuffle back to the car.
On the medical front, I think my foot will never be the same. It hasn't gotten worse, although there are days (or times) when it feels pretty bad, but overall I am able to work through things. At the same time it's not getting any better and feels structurally misaligned completely. My right quad got something pulled in there (lateral head) and it hurts and also doesn't hold me knee well anymore, so the knee hurts, and today the shin began to pain too. I am an old and horrible mess. I bet it's time to crosstrain for a couple of days and visit my stationary bike - and a book that I didn't finish reading while riding it ever since I jumped back into running.
That's all not to say that I am complaining by any means. I am simply sharing thoughts in my mind. I am adjusting my own life and running to the new ways of how it behaves. As we all get a little older, we need to treat our bodies a little different. May be while I kept doing those training/racing combo non-stop, I was tricking my body into thinking it still can, but once a long break came in (even if not planned and even if I did plenty of other things), it remembered that it is, indeed, not 30's anymore. And I need to take it into the account to make sure I keep doing what I love for a very long time.
Today Stephen has a skating event, and we are going to check out plants for the yard (I am used there only for purpose of beauty opinion as I have no green thumb and will kill anything, but Larry, on another hand, is crazy good with this stuff). Tomorrow is my CE class for LMT, and this should give me a much needed rest (otherwise I'd jump back on trails, I missed them so much).
And last, but not least, I can't not to show off my latest product - my newly knitted top made of organic cotton, soft and breezy.
|The hair, though, is the "before" the one above. See the difference?|