"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go"
T. S. Eliot

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fourteen Miles

Needed to do a long run on Sunday. Unfortunately my friend Dan was unavailable to run with me. So, I just showed up at RunningWild and see who else would go for such a distance.  There was a new route, the Penn Route. Hanna R wanted to do fourteen, so I decided to try to run by her for six miles and go back. But, of course, at mile six, I decided I could go one more mile, and I did. My stress fracture has recovered 100%. Now, my left knee started hurting. It had never hurt before. I normally wear my sandals, but this time, I decided to use my Newton running shoes for the long run. 
This morning I went for three miles, EZ pace. I call it my recovery run. Of course, I ran them in the sandals.  I will use the sandals for every run this week, and see if I can do a long run on the sandals on Sunday. 
Several ladies ran the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth last Saturday.  They all qualified for Boston!  Congrats to all of them. 
Colette Gnade: 3:19:54
Natalee Thompson: 3:27:34
Lauren Hill: 3:33:16
Jodi Graff: 3:44:15
Jennifer Fish: 3:45:30 



Thursday, April 17, 2014

MRI

The sports doctor called me yesterday and asked how my foot was. He suggested me to get an MRI. They called me at home and told me I could get the MRI this morning, so I went. Not sure what the docs will see, but I am afraid they will tell me I need to rest or some special plastic on my foot.
I have been adding steps to my barefoot-running program. I have noticed my right foot is not straight. I don't think this was an issue before the stress fracture. I hope things improve.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Strengthening Foot Muscles

Thought that I need to walk to strengthen the foot muscles. Injuries appear because of weak muscles. Wearing foot does not allow all your foot muscles to work naturally. As soon as weather allows, walking (and hopefully running) will be on sandals or barefoot. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

UI rec Center

Another track day. Ran with the ladies again. They are getting faster. When running the 16 hundred, I stopped one lap before. I ran again to catch the group, but I turned off the timer in the wrong lap, so I didn't get that time. No big deal. Chronos are faster this week compared to last week. Jody really pushes the group. Last 400 m was led by Rebecca. 
1
400 m
1:36.2
2
800 m
3:24.0
3
1200 m
5:09.0
4
1600 m
error
5
1200 m
5:07.7
6
800 m
3:22.6
7
400 m
1:29.8

 I hope to be able to run with Karen during Spring Break. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

UI Rec Center

Tried to stay with the "not-so-slow-group" tonight.  These ladies are pretty good. Foot still feels weird.  Let's see how I feel tomorrow.  I plan to do some bicycle and elliptical machine tomorrow night.


1
400 m
1:56.3
2
800 m
3:24.6
3
1200 m
5:27.3
4
1600 m
7:04.2
5
1200 m
5:21.3
6
800 m
3:24.7
7
400 m
1:31.3

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Running @ the Field House

Too cold to run outside. Part of my brain tells me it's better to take a short break for running to heal the stress fracture. While Assen was swimming, my legs exercised for 15 min in each machine at the fitness loft. Started in the elliptical to get the warms warmed up. Then, moved to the treadmill and ran 15 min @ around 12 MM pace. Jumped on the bike and rode for 15 min, and finished up back running in the treadmill for 15 min more. Foot does not hurt while I am exercising, but some parts of the foot hurt afterwards. My current goal is to be able to run continuously for about four to five miles, and be able to keep up with my wife. I think that by doing that, I will be able to regain my endurance. 
Assen had a good time swimming. He told me, her coach took him out of the water and congratulated him for a very good workout. He felt accomplished and was glad.
Still reading Leonora, a book written recently by Elena Poniatowska. The book deals with the life of a surrealist writer and artist, Leonora Carrington, daughter of a british magnate.