2K17 The Land Marathon Race Report: You can’t make a cycle into three weeks

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Well, after a winter of an injury, then injury after trying to come back to soon I finally got a marathon in.  Thanks to the generosity of a friend who knew someone looking for FMDSA charity runners, I got an entry for the 2017 Cleveland Marathon, their 40th (I ran Glass City’s 40th last year, and the OBX’s 10th the year prior; mmk). The plan for the race: just wing it.  I had two weeks of 66 miles, including one 20 miler, but that doesn’t bring back all of my endurance I lost.  I figured the marathon would at least …

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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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If it hurts for more than a few days, doctor

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Word to the wise, if it hurts for more than a few days, go see a doctor. On one hand running is a hobby, a fun activity.  A doctor is for sick people, right?  Not for people who have aches and pains from running.  I mean, why see a doctor when some rest and at-home physical therapy will do the trick?  Maybe. Maybe we know what we have and can recover on our own.  Or maybe we have a more serious issue.  Or something that is actually different than what you research has shown.  Several reasons. Runners love to run.  …

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The Great Marathon Garmin Watch Challenge of 2017: Who wants it?

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This past week I received my new watch, the Garmin Fenix 3 HR, replacing the venerable Garmin 620 (I wanted fitness tracking, better battery life, and all of the bells and whistles, which aren’t too shabby).  What to do with the old watch?  I found a  resourceful, productive way for someone who will really use it! I wanted to create a challenge for someone this year.  You accomplish it, or pay my asking price if I had decided to sell my Garmin 620.  Enter, The Great Garmin Watch Challenge of 2017. My guidelines: DON’T own a fitness, GPS, or sport …

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Listen to your body: the key for healthy running

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We run more to run faster.  The more we’re able to run, the more we’re able to able to train, which means the more fit our bodies become.  There’s a problem. Overtraining, niggles, dehydration, fatigue, and much more.  It takes an experienced runner to know how much we can safely run before our bodies turn against us.  The most important thing to learn about running is the ability to listen to your body and know what it’s telling us. My most important piece of advice is to listen to our bodies.  It means if our body doesn’t feel like it’s ready …

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Tendinitis: Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face

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My seemingly never-ending tendinitis saga created another setback. If you recall, I previously posted about missing running.  It’s turned from out a few weeks to hopefully only a month more before I can go. Ugh, soft tissue injuries.  The ones that we’re not sure if we’ll be out a few days or nagging us for months.  Recovery runs are those that actually help us when our muscles are sore after hard runs or races.  We really don’t have anything for tendinitis.  Rest and recovery are generally what the doctor orders for tendinitis (I haven’t seen one; but have done lots …

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2016 Running Year in Review

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  It’s time for the 2016 Running Year in Review, already.  Man, this year flew by.  It seems like just yesterday that we rung in the New Year.  I started the running year with some ultras, a marathon, I thought about triathlons (because why not?), and then back to running.  Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.  I made some modifications.  I had some long, unplanned breaks.  But at the end, I learned a lot. Altra Ambassador   Early in December I learned I became an Altra Ambassador.  I honestly didn’t think I’d get it.  I …

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Running Week in Review: What we can’t do, we appreciate more

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When we can’t do something, we start to appreciate it more.  That quintessentially describes my last month of running.  After the Philadelphia Marathon – the Sunday before Thanksgiving – I took a week off for recovery.  Then, I got right back at it.  I got new shoes.  I sustained, what’s believed to be, Achilles tendinitis.  I can nearly guarantee that the injury stemmed from tying my new shoes too tightly (it’s one of those injuries that comes from not knowing what the pain is, trying to run through it until it’s too late and becomes an actual problem; and that …

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