July 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

I got about a week head-start from the rest of the State of Minnesota and shutdown my running a week before July 1st.


Following Bjorklund, my calf was still hurting.  I eased my way through a 2-miler two days after the race and then a 3-miler after that.  Six days after the race, I went for a four-miler on the horse trails at  Carver Park Reserve and things didn’t go so well.  I think my legs were still vulnerable and the uneven footing ate up my legs.  Later that night while dealing with our dog, I ended up twisting my sore right knee and Ouch!

Since then, I haven’t run.  I’ve rested it, I’ve iced it. It actually feels a lot better so far today (although I’ve spent most of today composing this post).  I have an appointment in 5 days at an orthopediatrician and hopefully it will be mostly heeled by then.

For now, I rest.  Kind of–still have a ton of yard work I’ll hobble through (not smart).

So far, I have not gotten too nutty from not running–I had planned to take two easy weeks after Bjorklund anyhow. so I’m not feeling like I’m losing training. 

 We’ve had some end-of-fiscal-year projects due (I do work for the state of Minnesota but am not laid off due to the shutdown) that needed some extra attention this past week so I’ve thrown some extra energy into those and that has helped my sanity.

I had a passing thought about running another half on the 4th to  redeem myself a bit but I threw that idea out when I tweaked my knee.  There is a 5k in my small town a week from today that I haven’t completely ruled out.

But for now, I’m just hoping to heal.  Not going to run until I can at least walk without worrying about hurting myself.


The Value of a Backdoor

July 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

I found something very valuable a couple of weeks ago–a backdoor.

The hardest part of running from work for me has always been getting from the locker room (bathroom) out of the parking lot. Prancing through the hallways in my running gear makes me a bit self-conscience. Which is a bit odd since I feel completely comfortable running in town and never had much of a modesty problem.

Maybe it is because I’m mixing two different, distinct worlds–my running and my work–and I do not know how to merge the two into one. Having one set of friends (wing buddy) meet a different set (college roommate) is often awkward for me, I have two different relationship, act in different ways depending on who I am with so I do not know how to act when they come together.

Standing out is another reason that discourages me from running sometimes. Where I grew up, my previous home, and, to a lesser degree, my new home have all been out in the boonies so I lacked anonymity when I ran. And that made it uncomfortable for me to do it. I prefer running “in town”, along the bike trail, or someplace where “everyone Doesn’t know my name”. Odd because I identify myself as a runner, I’m not embarrassed about it or anything, just do not like people seeing me make the transition between my other roles and being a runner.

I originally planned on joining the gym near my new office. Figured I could change there, go for a run, and shower afterward. My health plan would cover about half of the dues so it would be a minimal monthly fee. And I may still do that but I happily discovered a back door to our building. I can change in a downstairs bathroom and sneak out for a run without minimal chance anyone will see me.

So for the last two weeks, I have sneaked in runs during the days. We have to take a half hour lunch, so by extending that I have got my runs in without prolonging my workday.

Morning Run

May 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

I always enjoy getting my run in right away in the morning.  Don’t have to worry that it will get bumped by something not as important.  With all the juggling I’ve been forced to do the last couple years, my runs have been consistently bumped by things like driving, work, and sleeping because my i haven’t had much scheduling flexibility.  Errrrrr!!!!

A fellow dead, PJV, recently shared a definition of a runner that she heard.

A runner is “someone whose day’s activities are controlled by his run rather than whose run is controlled by his day’s activities.”

Might be the best definition I’ve heard.

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