Friday, October 26, 2012

iPod Replacement

Managed to get my ass out of bed a second time to go for a walk/run. And despite the knee pain, it felt great to get outside and do something. My mind has healed quite nicely from the 100k but my body is still playing catch-up. Right now, I'm just in damage control mode and doing my best to not make things worse while still trying to carry on with my plan to run Richmond in November and Seashore in December. After Seashore, I'll be taking  a wee bit of a hiatus. Nothing too serious, just a heavy dial-back in training and pressure.

Oh, and as for Richmond, right now I'm going to try to finish but for now, finishing Seashore is more important than Richmond.

Anyway, the rest of the run was fairly ho-hum.

Temps were around 60F. Humidity was high, mostly fog though and not really any rain. Heavy cloud cover. No wind.

Fluids and Fuel:
Breakfast was water and yogurt. During the run I had a bottle of plain water and a bottle of grapefruit Hammer Fizz. I finished the Fizz and most of the water. Recovery was Hammer Recoverite followed by an early lunch of a breakfast burrito, pork roast, stuffing, and corn. And an iced coffee.

Aches and Pains:
Both knees were hurting a bit but nothing too major. Most of the discomfort was a dull ache and was, again, located at the top of the right calf and in the back of the right knee. Things felt good once I warmed up but it was still tight during the run.

Wore my new North Face hat, new Rudy glasses (with the yellow lenses since it was overcast), and gloves. Got warm after a few miles but didn't overheat.

Codename - iPod Replacement
So I've been testing an older MP3 player after my iPod Shuffle pretty much died on me. It still plays but I can't control anything. The only button that works is the power button. So, my new (but old) player worked great today. I could not only control what I listened to but when my podcast was over I could listen to the local radio station.

Outbound - 34:48
Inbound - 34:58 (I knew I wouldn't negative split the route but I didn't expect to be this close)
Finish - 1:09:46


Lauren said...

Lumberjack! Why the knee pain? I saw a recent picture of you running, and your form looked perfect -- straight column, kicking out the back. I may have missed an injury here. Do you ice? If I get even a inkling of knee pain, I ice, and I wear those cloth knee braces whenever I can. Just trying to help. Because you too, are a great inspiration.

Neil Richard said...

I think the knee pain was caused by 62 miles of trail. No previous pain or injury. I rarely ice unless things are really swollen. In this case, it feels more like the ligaments/tendons/muscles that attach my calf, knee, and hamstrings together. I don't think I twisted anything during the race. I think it's more just overuse and stress. I feel much better but there's still some lingering gimpiness.