Running WIR — February 13-19: Escalante and Feelin’ Good

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Although I’d say I’m a week or two from running to full strength, I’d definitely getting closer to feeling like myself.  I ended up running everyday, with runs more ambitious than I ever would have imagined a few, short weeks ago.  Most of the pain from my strain and time off has subsided.  I feel like I’ll be near November-fitness come time for the Eisenhower Marathon in April. (Most of these are copy-and-pastes “dailies”, which means they were fresh in my mind when I typed them.) Monday — off work early, too nice to not run!  Not-a-fun 4.  I originally …

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Running Week In Review: 2-6 to 2-12

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Well, this week I started gaining volume.  Although I still have a way to go to my November fitness level, I made strides.  My calf is >98% better, with some niggles in my foot and ankle, but nothing to preclude me from running.  I’m not ready to add real quality and intensity to my training, but I will continue to add more miles.  I added a long run (which used to constitute a middle-long run…), which felt great.  By “felt great”, I mean I accomplished it: the last 10K felt worse than that of a marathon.   This paragraph was …

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Week in Review: a doc, some PT, and recovery

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Apparently, it wasn’t tendinitis, but a calf strain.  The miscellaneous pain was caused by the strain, not the injury itself.  That’s why doctors say if it still hurts after a few days, go see one!  If nothing else, you’ll recover sooner.  Lesson learned. Last week I made the decision finally to see a doctor.  My injury had gone on long enough and at that point I didn’t think it would recovery on its own.  I asked a friend and she immediately had a doctor in mind (in the end, four people recommended that doctor, as he’s the best doctor for …

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Is anyone an expert? Do we use that term too liberally?

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“[An expert is] having, involving, or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience.” -Expert definition, courtesy of Webster. Who is an expert?  Is anyone an expert?  The more we learn about something, the more we learn we don’t know.  Everything is a lifelong lesson, we can take crash courses and become obsessed with voracious energy, but at what point do we become an expert?  Or do we ever really reach that status. The media loves to label people as “experts”, probably because they need to call them something, the lazy way out. An expert generally is someone …

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The Injured Runner’s Paradox

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Saying the word “paradox” makes everything sound more intellectual than it really is. The injured runner’s paradox simply states – this I totally made up today – that runners become injured by running, and want to get back to what caused their injury, running, as soon as possible.  Only the NFL has a higher rate of injury than running (100% injury rate for the NFL; and I also made up “only the NFL”). Running’s a feeling that everyone receives differently.  Some people do it to lose weight.  Some people do it for fitness.  Some people do it to accomplish something.  …

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