Sunday, September 30, 2012

Moving along

So, I have been hamstrung for several weeks.  I think I have fully evaluated the root of the cause and I am tackling that now (pelvic strength instability, mostly).  Got in 23+ run miles this week and feel about 95% healthy with the hammy/adductor (more the latter now).  I am on rehab highway and ready to take a left onto mileage mountain if all goes as planned.  I do want to be good for Turkey Trot in November as defending Masters champ so would really like to get going.  I know I have to be very careful with escalating the mileage as my "A" race isn't until April.  So, all seems to be going well for now.  Fingers crossed, I may be able to cram in a 5K somewhere prior to Turkey Trot!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Boston Chronicles....

I've decided to change the tone of the blog a little.  My plan is to chronicle my journey to the 2013 Boston marathon.  We have signed up and paid the Man so April 15th waits for no one.  I am still finding my way out of a wacky right hamstring/adductor (more the latter now) injury sustained 5 weeks ago but my head and heart are ready to push on.  I am doing some slow jogging on the tready and now also barefoot on the beach (which, btw, seems to be great for my formerly injured achilles).  The injury is 95% gone now but I have to be cautious about pushing too quickly.  There are a lot of great Fall run races coming up that I want to be ready for and it's hard to keep from going out and killing myself but, in my later years I have learned to be more patient.  So, if you wish to follow how one goes from where I am currently (jogging 2 miles) to racing Boston and vying for an AG podium spot, grab a glass of red and follow along.  A great friend of ours who ran many fast marathons gave me great advice to write down all the things I could recall from Jax marathon (12/11, our qualifier), so I did (many thanks, LB).  To be open, I ran a very painful 3:13 there.   The last thing I wrote on my recall from Jax (dated 12/23/11)  was as follows:  "keep my head up because I KNOW I can run faster than 3:13 (need sub-3:10 for top 10 finish at Boston W45-49 according to results).  I know I can do this....".   I still believe this is possible for me.  A lot of hard work has to happen but I've never seen a hard workout I didn't want to tackle!  For the record, I am swimming quite a bit now, riding very little (any hard riding seems to aggravate the hammy/adductor), and starting to run slowly.  Hopefully, the swimming will have maintained some aerobic fitness but we all know running is another story.  So, I hope to blog more frequently about my journey but you won't find any triathlon stories here!  I've done my tri's for 2012 and don't plan to do any more but you could find my in a local sprint just for kicks!

Sunday, September 09, 2012


Never thought I would be here again.  You ask, where is "here".  Hamstrung.
Please recall, I spent most '09 and '10 racing time healing/rehabbing/being completely frustrated with my left hamstring tear (yes, by MRI) leading into IM Canada '09 & IM 70.3 WC.  Never thought (and hoped) I would ever face this horrid injury again.  But, without over training, Ironman, marathon, I found myself walking 3 miles home from a planned 12 mile run with, you guessed it, a hammy pain.  But, not the "bad", aka, formerly torn left hammy, but the "good", right hammy hurting in a way I didn't expect or see coming.  WTF!!!  Still not positive on how this occurred but have some thoughts in hindsight.  4 weeks ago from today.  Was swimming a lot with fins, wanting to make fast sets and no plans for anymore tri racing so not trying to get "swim" fit anyway.  Also, still healing a hurting left achilles - but, this was definitely getting better/gone.....ironic.  So, thinking a likely combo of errors with favoring achilles and lots of fin work in pool.  Either way, I freaked four weeks ago, having been here before.
Good news, four weeks out now, I'm on the treadmill jogging, alternating with walking.  Trust me, this is good compared to '09!  No fins in my swim bag but I'm swimming a lot!  The achilles is great!  Coming back and hoping for a fall running season.  Boston marathon registration is tomoz and the Dane and I will be in!  That is big goal....Boston AG podium.  That's it, I said it.  Gonna go from jogging on the tready to Beantown podium.  Stay tuned!
Don't dream it, train for it.