That's the good news!
The bad news is that I am most certainly carrying the double-dominant gene for stubbornness- which can be both a blessing and a curse.
(If you missed my last post, you might want to catch up there first. I must have hit on something with many readers, because I have been blessed with encouraging and heartfelt comments, G+ comments, tweets and emails ever since. Thank you for every single one of them.)Update:
My foot is still a little "off", but I have decided that it is tendonitis of some kind or another.
After a few days of rest, I tested it running with 10 minutes. How it feels the following morning is the gauge. If it feels better than the day before, I have the green light to run a little more.
This time, I probably took more time off than I should have... But that brings up a question. How do you know when to rest an injury from running, or whether to continue on?
I am a tester.
I need to know how it feels, and if running will make it feel better or worse. If it makes it feel worse I come up with a guess about how many days I should rest it before trying to run again, (which is probably why my training looks so lame for the last 5 weeks!).
Anyway.. this brings me to my next preponderance...
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like, (or how fast you could run), a marathon off of no training?
I have!(But never badly enough to try it. There is something in the back of my head that says "it would hurt" and" you would do MUCH worse than you think you would.")
A 50k would hurt even worse, though. And I have one paid for in 6 weeks.
So I ran a 20 miler on Tuesday.
It was at the coast, where it was 60F, (not 90F!), that I ran 20 x 1 mile loops around nature's treadmill- the Lake Marie trail.
On the drive I somehow ended up tuning into a sermon on the radio. The speaker brought up a passage from the Bible, making a connection that Jesus is "a friend closer than a brother". In fact, he said, "Jesus is closer to you than the shirt on your back. He's that close."
I thought about my sweaty, clinging tank top.
I had a lot of unknowns about making that run: Whether I would run the whole 20, or stop short, whether I should be running at all. Maybe you are reading this thinking I am an absolute idiot for trying to run that far on an iffy foot. Then again, maybe you have been in my shoes.
For me, 20 miles gives me a certain confidence I need for my 50k- confidence I hope I can repeat in another long trail run. I have a limited window if I am going to run MRTR.
- My Garmin died at lap 8. I expected it and had a system for recording my mileage in place from the beginning.
- My music died at mile 10 when Pandora ate up the remaining data I had on my phone.
- My foot gave me some grief, but held up pretty well overall.
- My opposite hip reminded me that it was in collaboration with my foot. ☺ Both were remarkably unshaken by the ordeal, and I am taking things low key for a bit. But I don't plan to see my running mileage stay this way, if it can be helped.
| Feet felt pretty good considering the abuse. I rotated shoes 4 times on this run, just to be safe! ;)|
Altra Intuition 1.5 work OK on a sandy/ fir needle trail.
It's another imperfect training cycle for me. And I can laugh about it at the moment, because I still have some time, and I am running again!
Enjoying a frolic in the lake after placing 20 rocks on the car.
(Pic via cheapo phone and timer)
Just a putting a bug in your ear...
If you happen to be in the Portland, OR area , please consider participating in the Ladybug Run!
A good friend, and fellow runner, directs this race as a fundraiser for CDH awareness.
It is a FANTASTIC event.
It is a FANTASTIC event.
There will be great prizes, and lots of fun for kids!
Check it out!