Saturday, June 18, 2011

Taking a Break

As I've tried a bit of running the past couple of months, I've still felt a bit of discomfort around my heel. I could keep running a little here and there with the hopes of the heel gradually adapting. It might. Or, it might not. I may need surgery to fix the issue once and for all (assuming that does fix it). Then, I'm looking at several weeks on crutches, followed by several months of rehab. Currently, I can't wrap my brain around that, even though that may be the choice eventually.

So what am I doing in the meantime? Well, even though most of you know me as a runner, I've had multiple personalities (as it relates to fitness) for many years. I've shifted gears back to weight lifting. I'm actually enjoying it. As is both my strength and occasional downfall, I've thrown myself into it quite seriously (see photo below of me during Ragnar last July, compared with me now).
Dang, was I THAT scrawny?!
I gotta say, my wife likes hugging me without feeling like she's about to break me.

Don't be sad, fellow runners. I'm not done as a runner just yet. I've done this before. Gotten injured from running, backed off, switched my focus to strength training, got the hankering to run again, started over. It may not be the best approach to running, but with my injury history, it gives me a chance to work on something else I enjoy while not dwelling on something I can't do at the time.

Why not hit the bike or pool more? To be completely honest, my heart's just not into it. I'll do both to some degree, but as recreation rather than serious training. I have a love for the simplicity of running that I can't seem to replicate on the bike nor in the pool.

Of course, everything I've just said is subject to change. But these are my current feelings. Yes, I'm one fickle dude.

So, for now, I'm just a 'muscle-head.' I still hope to run a couple of 5k's with my daughter this year. It'll just be with a quirky heel, minimal training, and 25 additional lbs. on my frame!

Saturday, June 4, 2011


I guess I should post an update, for anyone interested in the doings of a gimpy semi-runner.

I've been swimming once a week and enjoying it. Would like to get to the pool more often, but my schedule hasn't allowed for it yet. I swam a mile earlier this week. I took 30 second rests after every 2 laps (100 yds). My endurance in the pool is slowly improving, and I'm actually enjoying it.

I feel guilty that I haven't been outside on the bike much yet (okay, only ONCE). I've been doing some indoor spinning, but since spring has finally shown up here in the Pacific Northwest, I'll be rolling down the roads soon. I'm tentatively planning on doing the bike leg of an Olympic distance triathlon later this summer. I guess I've got my work cut out for me.

On the running front, I'm still progressing ever so slowly. I'm up to two miles of actual running now (no run/walks lately), but I'm running slowly (usually with my oldest daughter), and hills are still a I found out this morning. I ran an easy two on some rolling hills and my heel is mad at me, as opposed to the flat two-miler I ran earlier this week. I'm sticking with no more than 3 of these runs per week.

I'm also lifting weights 2-3 times per week and getting a lot stronger. Granted, not much of my weight lifting relates directly to running, but I feel stronger overall, and even though I'm 22 lbs. heavier than my "race weight," I notice that my core and glutes feel more powerful, even during these short, slow runs. Plus, my wife likes my current "buff-ness."

So, I'm making haste slowly. I'm in no hurry, which is a new mindset for me. I'm not the most patient person in the world, and I still long for some long, fast runs (especially when I see my running friends doing so), but I'm going to enjoy the process and hopefully get to where I can be a "real" runner again.