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The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.

Well, it’s official. 2012 has come to an end. Maybe not quite as dramatically as the Maya had allegedly predicted, but it’s over nonetheless.

As best as I can tell from my records I began my running experiment in late July, completing 5 runs between 1 and 1.5 miles each. Things started picking up quickly come August, and despite numerous injuries and setbacks early on, I’ve maintained a fairly respectable schedule (by my fairly lax standards as a former couch potato.)

August: 57 miles

September: 81 miles

October: 57 miles

November: 56 miles

December: 74 miles

561884_367390530006994_782436028_nSeptember’s significantly higher volume came as the result of never taking more than a single day off between runs, as well as running on quite a few consecutive days.  In addition, 13.2 miles of the 81 came on a run-walk effort on 9/11. It’s ironic that since my A goal is the ING Miami Half Marathon in January, that the 9/11 run is the only time I’ve ever covered the full distance.

September’s miles came with a high price however as I was constantly plagued by plantar fasciitis, bone spurs and Achilles tendonitis.  Eventually I was forced to receive a series of corticosteroid injections in my ankle and the sole of my foot. Fortunately I discovered that via aggressive stretching, primarily the heel-drop protocol, as well as daily rolling of a tennis ball under my arches, I could eliminate a majority of the issues.

2012 monthly totals

I participated in two official races: the ECO RUN 10k and the City Tour Race.  The Eco Run surprised me by taking us off road for a stint over the sand of the Pacific coast beach at Playa Herradura. Combined with some major late race elevation climbs and the heat and humidity, I was happy to survive and struggled through in roughly 68 minutes.  The City Tour Race was a 10k that wasn’t. The day before the race some logistical issues shortened the race to 6 miles, but along with an obstacle free and mostly flat course, the shortened route provided a great confidence boost as I felt like I was finally ‘running,’ crossing the finish line in 54 minutes.

I experimented with quite a few different training ideas and theories, everything from low heart rate training, run-by-feel, to more aggressive pace based plans. They all provided some benefit and unsurprisingly also had their distinct shortcomings (all as a result of my execution, not their design.) As I continue to grow in both practical experience, knowledge and theory I’m sure I will find or create the recipe that respects my limitations while still challenging me to progress.

2012-11-11 city tour race 10kMy strength training was more consistent but not necessarily any more effective because I mostly remained focused on the same, basic strength exercises that I’ve performed for general fitness. They certainly did not hurt or inhibit my progress in any way. But from the perspective of becoming a better runner, in 2013 I will fine tune my efforts to more closely match my specific running goals.

Diet and nutrition improved but were not consistent; a recurring theme in my year in review analysis. I made a concerted effort to implement a Paleo inspired diet, and lost about 20 lbs.  When asked, I describe my approach as 80% paleo, 80% of the time. I am carrying 170 lbs on a 5’10” frame, but am still a bit soft and know that my body fat percentage is higher than it should be or needs to be.

As far as shoes, apparel, gear and accessories are concerned I spent way too much money.  But on the other hand, the monetary commitment is a motivating factor in my desire to now reap dividends from properly utilizing my tools, toys and indulgences.

I have a high-end GPS watch with heart rate monitor, and enough shoes, shirts, shorts and tights to last until this time next year before considering any additions or replacements. The priority now (as it should have been all along) is on making it happen!

I will save my 2013 goals, plans and aspirations for another post. But I would be remiss if i failed to mention and thank some of the people who have made my running a positive and life enriching experience.

Let me conclude by offering my sincere wishes that everyone can look back on 2012 and if not necessarily happy with every race, result or effort, can at least recognize what happened, why and how to make adjustments that will improve your chances for continued and greater success in 2013!

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The sad story that is my attempt to run continues, one demoralizing chapter at a time. Right foot: bone spurs and steroid injections directly into my ankle and sole with 3 inch needles. Left foot: bone spurs and plantar fasciitis. And most recently, not to be left lonely and unnoticed, my left knee has developed an intense pain and tenderness directly beneath the kneecap.

But hey, this blog isn’t about feeling sorry for myself, so let’s get to the good news. I am still young and handsome, after all. What’s that? Oh, damn! Never mind.

I took an anti-inflammatory, Celebra, for three days when the knee pain appeared last week. And I’ve adjusted my schedule by reducing my total runs to 4 over the past two weeks. The Celebra eliminated the pain and I did not run while medicating, hoping to bounce back and not look back. Unfortunately things didn’t work out that way, and yesterday after two more days of rest the pain reappeared while walking up the stairs.

On Sunday of this week I am scheduled to run in the City Tour 10k. My performance and preparation are going to be suspect, at best. But that’s life. You do what you can, when you can, and the rest is the randomness of living on a planet that rotates on its axis at roughly 1000 miles per hour.

I received an update from the race organizers stating that due to safety and security concerns the route for the 10k had to be slightly altered. So it looks like we will be running 9.5k instead, which equates to 5.9 miles. That should help me accomplish my goal of a sub 1:00:00 finishing time, but over an incomplete distance.

And now, for those of you who demand to be entertained by a real runner, a guy who is out there running marathons, ultra-marathons and sprinting up Pike’s Peak, I bring you Mr. Sage Canaday of Vo2Max Productions, who recently filmed an adventure run in the Grand Canyon: Rim to Rim to Rim.

Enjoy, and may you have the best run of your life each and every time you lace up your shoes.

 

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Running is cheaper than therapy

photo: onemoremilerunning.com

Today was supposed to be a cross training day. I knocked out a 30 minute stationary bike ride and 200 pushups in the early morning with my wife. But by mid afternoon I was furious after getting sucked into a pointless political “discussion” with someone, and also getting a sharp smack in the face on a bad trading decision in the currency market.

Headed back out in search of my best friend, the treadmill, and decided to try out some Jeff Galloway style run/walk intervals. Today was an extra and unscheduled run so I wasn’t interested in pace and I ran the entire session at my recovery pace.

Started with 5/1 minute intervals until my heart rate would not drop below 130 on the 1 minute recovery. Then switched to 5/2, and when the heart rate would not recover from those I finished off the day with a few 3/2 intervals.

Mentally I feel much better after getting that bad energy out of my system. But I can also feel a dull throbbing deep in my heel where the bone spurs are lurking.

Tomorrow will be a rest day. I promise.

2.77 miles in 43 minutes @ 15:30 pace

2.77 miles of mental detox

This week I made my first attempts at running again after about 5 weeks of battling a strained Achilles tendon and receiving the news that I also have bone spurs in the same foot as the Achilles injury.  I rehabbed mostly via the stationary bike, a few brief pool running sessions and a series of corticosteroid injections.

You can read a detailed breakdown of daily training here.

treadmill

Finally off of the bike and back on the run