After the Long Run/Race Sunday, I took a day off from running to let my aggravated achilles/ankle rest. Instead, Emily and I opted for some OpSD recapping and future Sweat Scheming on the ellipticals.
(sorry you have to wait a little longer for those recaps. no really, you do. and I am sorry.)
Tuesday and Wednesday I went out for easy recovery miles. I mean EASY. Cotton tshirt and loose ponytail easy. Garmin-less easy, because I didn’t want to know JUST how slow “easy” was.
And because I forgot to charge him.
As much as I missed my normal routine of ass-kicking at the track/hills/tempo runs, I knew this was the smart thing to do and I’m proud of myself for sticking to my “Get Well” plan. The stretching, sticking, and rest helped a billion. I’m still on high-alert for any looming pain, but it seems I’m almost in the clear.
Thank F’ing Heaven.
So, before we leave the injury topic altogether and move on to the actual weekend & race recap, I thought I’d touch on a few subjects either that I failed to mention in my last post, or were brought to my attention by you lovely people.
Off we go.
(exact comments MAY have been altered. author’s names have not, in a blatant exercise of my literary power and the fact that I haven’t said “it’s my blog and I can do what I want!” in a while.)
Losing Lindy : So you like that torture device thing you call The Stick. Should I get one?
YES. It’s terrific. Just make sure you’re normal-stretching, too, and not letting the sadist in you have all the fun. I bought this one at my local RoadRunner Sports for ~$25.
Anchorsaweightraining : Stick/foam roll THEN stretch. blah blah doctory-sounding-things, it’ll work better.
Aye aye, thank you for the tip. You’re really smart. Please use smaller words next time.
Easa : YOU QUIT DOING YOGA, DUMBASS, AND THAT IS WHY YOU HURT. DOWN DOG THIS INSTANT!
You’re right. I lost my yogi card and have no excuse other than I’ve been too lazy to make time for practice during the high-mileage (for me) weeks. I’ll spend some QT with my mat soon, pinky prom.
Life of Blyss : Quit copying me! I had shin pain from tight calves!
True story, a few weeks ago I had some shin pain that was cured with extra calf stretching as well. Apparently tight calves can make many things go to shit. And I’m dumb for not learning the “STRETCHING IS GOOD JUST DO IT” lesson the first time.
p.s. I sent you a lock of hair and vial of blood for our twinkie friendship necklaces. Please reciprocate. ASAP. xoxo.
Chacha : How much did you run in your Kinvaras last week? I’m calling 4mm-love bluff.
Why weren’t you here helping me get dressed for my workouts?? I did wear them twice as much as I usually do. Two hard tracks, a 6 mile tempo, and the 5k with cool down. BUSTED. A little too heavy on the fast runs last week, OUaL.
Backgrounder : I wear the lightweight, 4mm drop (the difference between the heel height and forefoot height) Saucony Kinvara 2 for my speed workouts, typically once or twice a week. All other runs are done in the more stable (but still neutral), 10mm Brooks Launch. Running with the lower heel-toe offset works the calves more, hence the gradual buildup of tightness. I’ll continue running in both shoes, but with more limitations on the Kinvaras and a more stringent stretching regime. See? Learning things.
Everyone that said they like their feet rubbed :
You’re gross. And if that means you don’t have gross runners feet, I hate you even more.
Anything else to chime in with before we leave the injury/pain/ouchie discussion forever and always? I don’t want to talk about anti-inflammatories or icing or unplanned rest days ever ever again.