The Importance of Recovery

Last night was a rest day from my home workout program. Kat went off to the movies, and I stayed home with my daughter. I put her to bed just before seven, and then fell asleep on the couch. I stayed asleep until Kat came home (not counting a quick phone call around half past eight), and then when she got home, I talked with her a little while, but was in bed before ten.

I think my body really appreciated the rest and recovery time. Though I’d run twice that day, just giving myself the evening off seemed like a break. Friday is my only completely clear day off, and that seems very appreciated by my body as well.…

Continue Reading...

2 More Miles at Lunch

Jumped on the old treadmill for two more miles after some ab work. I ran at a 10 minute pace for most of it, but for the last 200 meters, I broke into a 6.5 minute pace to simulate sprinting to the finish line. No problem. I still FEEL that hip flexor pain and my glutes are still a wee sore, but I don’t feel injured. That’s a nice thing.

Man, nice to have Blogger back up and running steady.

[email]

Continue Reading...

4 More Miles at the Farm

I went back to Woodsom Farm today to completely explore what I touched upon yesterday. It’s smaller than I thought at first glance, but then, running makes everywhere seem smaller than it looks, doesn’t it?

Four miles where nearly 2/3 was hills. I found myself either partway up a hill or just descending another hill for most of the run. For some reason, I really like hills. They feel like a challenge that you can conquer. You run up, and of course it burns and takes lots of effort, but once you’re up there, you feel like: hey! I’m up here and you’re not! Maybe that’s the 8 year old boy still trapped in me.…

Continue Reading...

Checking In

I still feel a bit sore in the hip flexor, and my glutes are just burning, but otherwise, I’m feeling like it was a short term pain, not something giant. I was able to work out last night, except for a few obvious stretches (backwards lunge with a twist). So, I’m feeling okay. I’ll go out and give myself another ginger 3 plus miles on the farm down the street before venturing off to the woods again.

[email]

Continue Reading...

3 Miles at Woodsom Farm

I started out with five minutes of walking, and I felt my hip flexor immediately. I pushed four fingers into that spot and just kind of massaged it while walking. By the time I got to the park, I felt fine, so I tried a short slow jog. No problem. I picked up pace a little. No problem. I ran to the other end of the park. STILL no problem. And then, I looked down the long road to Woodsom Farm.

Sure, why not?

The farm is beautiful. It’s town property and well groomed. There are tractor trails all over the sloping hills, sweeping meadows, and forests. When I arrived, a woman was just taking her two beautiful labs out for a walk.…

Continue Reading...

Pop Goes the Weasel

So last night, I’m working out with Kat. I am doing what’s called a split squat lunge. Do you know it? It’s when you take a really big step forward, then lower your butt until your back leg’s knee nearly touches the ground. They work your hip flexors, your quads, your glutes, and actually, pretty much every leg muscle you have.

During one, something went wrong.

I lowered my butt down, and then suddenly, the back leg, the one stretched out and bending towards the floor, something deep inside my upper thigh muscles went POP! I mean kapow loud like, like the granddaddy of all knuckle cracks.…

Continue Reading...

Blogger Problems Part Deux

According to Blogger Status, there are two problems, one with general load balancing, and one with a specific server. Guess we’re in a little issue zone here, folks. I find that if you hit reload 1000 times, you get through it.

[email]

Continue Reading...

Blogger Question

Are other Blogger users having industrial strength problems using Blogger lately? I can’t even access several people’s blogs without a prodigous amount of reloads.

[email]

Continue Reading...

5K in 30:34

It was in the high 70′s, but with 100% humidity, it felt even hotter. This 5K starts off up a fairly steep hill, so I got my heart rate right up into 91% almost immediately thanks to keeping a decent pace going. But what the hell. It’s race day on the 4th.

I ran 9 minute miles the whole way. There were walking breaks here and there, and because the place was so well stocked, I had cold water at every aid station. Even the local fire department contributed, with a hose/fan combination that blew chilly spray at us. When I booted down the final 400 meters, I really enjoyed the loud music and as I got near the finish, the crowd’s cheers were DEAFENING… and then I realized the cheers were built into the music.…

Continue Reading...

Crosstraining

Off to the gym for some elliptical and a swim. Yesterday was rest day, which is steadily becoming one of the hardest days in the world to me. I really have to remind myself frequently that recovery is just as important as running, if not more. Rest, rest, rest.

Thanks to everyone for your kind words about my decision to train for the marathon in November. To Rebecca, the answer is: Stone Cat 2004. I’ll post a link once the sponsors have something worth linking. You’re all great people, and I draw much strength from the friends I’ve met through this running blog group.

[email]

Continue Reading...