Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I haven't had insurance for almost 2 years, so an X-Ray or an MRI have been out of the question. I had originally planned on taking some time off to let my body heal when we got to Ashland, but I was stressed from the move and from being unemployed (running is my escape from those things). I was also excited about the new trails and landscape. I just couldn't bring myself to take a break because I finally felt connected to my home and I needed to be out in the woods.
This morning I woke up and read Ana Frost's reasons for dropping out of Transvulcania and I finally realized that whether I have a tibial stress fracture or not I need to let myself heal before it becomes a more debilitating injury.
When we moved to Ashland I made a promise to myself to relax and to let things be; to live life at slower pace. I have been tested a lot lately, but I've been making a solid effort not to take myself or anyone else too seriously. I just let people be and let negativity roll off my back. Everything is what it is; including this situation.
It's never easy for a runner to take time off, but every now and then it needs to be done. So, for the next six weeks I'm going to be riding my bike around this beautiful hilly town, doing strengthening exercises in my living room and reading more books (about running, of course). I know I will come off of this injury a better, stronger runner.
I'll leave you with a song that has never felt more relevant:
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Monday - :45/ 1,300ft - Easy effort around local trails.
Tuesday - A.m. - 1:52/ 1,900ft - Long (ish) Down through town. Up through Lithia. Out towards Strawberry lane, back home
P.m. - :30/ 0ft - Easy/Recovery on the road
Wednesday - 01:27/ 1,200ft - Group run with RVR. Steady pace. Ran to RVR, then up through some local trails, up Bandersnatch and down some back trail I've never been on.
Thursday - :50/ 1,400ft - From my apt. to Todd Oredson woods and up looking glass, down chesire/ white rabbit.
Friday - :50/ 800ft - Very easy. Waterline etc.
Saturday - 01:00/ 1,00ft - Had to sneak this run in on my lunch break. Ended up being a tempo effort out Lithia and up Bandersnatch etc.
Time - 08:34
Elevation Gain - 9,100 feet
I am slowly working on getting my over all mileage back up, but I'm still dealing with some unresolved pain in my right shin that has been lingering since December. The good news is I love running here. I can't think of anywhere else I would rather live. I feel at peace out here in the trees.
I'll leave you with some pictures:
Saturday, April 27, 2013
I've been having a lot of fun with running, but I only run when I want to.
Here's what my week looked like:
Sunday - :58/ 1,000ft
Monday - 1:10/ 1,900ft
Tuesday - 2:00/ 3,200ft
Wednesday - 1:30/ 2,000ft
Thursday/ Friday - Off
Saturday - 1:10/ 1,500ft
Time - 6:48
Total Elevation Gain - 9,600 feet
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
One last little thing before I go.
Tonight I broke my PR to the top of Blackett's Ridge!
Blackett's is probably my favorite little run in Tucson. You get a decent amount of elevation gain in a short distance and it's pretty technical. It's a great route if you want a tough work out but don't have much free time or if you have a bunch of free time and want to do some gnarly hill repeats. Either way, you get a quality run with great views.
I've been trying to hit 30 minutes from the SCVC to the end of the trail for months, my previous PR being 31:30.
Well my friends, tonight I made it to the top from the parking lot in 29:45. Boom!
So happy :)