So, with the help of my running log, and notes jotted or emails sent to friends. Here goes the last 9 weeks in semi abbreviated form.
5 Miles Per Bride, March 5, 2011
For several weeks, I could feel myself needing a long, point to point, run. I hadn’t been over marathon distance since October, and the loops of my local runs were starting to wear on me. My favorite part of long distance running is getting somewhere. From the minute I signed up for Pacific Rim 24 hour run, which is a one mile loop course on March 19th, I knew I needed a destination run to offset that craziness. The best destinations for me are always food and/or beer, so when I went looking for something 30 to 40 miles away, the destination became obvious, Seven Brides Brewery and Taproom. Seven Brides Brewing is a great story:
“Several years ago, three dads and two uncles would gather on a Saturday in one of their garages to master the art of home brew. Before long, the salesman of the group said, “You know, this is good enough to sell.” So the friends set out to do just that.
The name “Seven Brides” actually came from the dads’ kids. Between the three of them, they have only daughters. With the rising cost of wedding nuptials, the guys decided they needed to sell enough beer to pay for their daughters weddings. Each of the girls has a beer named after her.”
One of those “dads” was Nathaniel and Jewelia’s chemistry teacher in high school, Phill Knoll. Phill is also, I might add, a very good runner.
|Shannon, Tracy and Paul at mile 8.|
|Seven Brides! Mile 35.|
|Have to drink water too!|
Fall Down Go Boom, March 9, 2011
|Looks worse in bad light!|
10 days after my crash, I was feeling well enough to give Pacific Rim 24 hour a try. I did a test 10 miler the Wednesday before and everything felt good enough. I had three basic goals and some things I wanted to work on. My three goals in no specific order were: Run between 100k and 80 miles, stay on course for as much of the 24 hours as I could without going so deep in the well that I needed a long recovery. These goals were, in some ways, complimentary and contradictory. I went through the first 40 miles pretty comfortably and was well ahead of the pace I wanted. At this point I realized that I was either going to hit the 100k to 80 mile range way too soon, or would eventually be tempted by 100. So I decided to take a break. Physically, this hurt me more than it helped me. Of course my little nap was curled up in the back seat of a sedan, but more on new car selection later. My back really tightened up during the break. I got it loose again after the 40 mile break but took another one at 100k and it never did loosen up after that one. I decided 70 miles seemed like a nice round number in between 62 and 80 and that by virtue of the 2 breaks I accomplished the “staying out there goal” too. My legs felt pretty good and I was still able to run at 70 miles. It was pretty humbling and inspiring watching the leaders go past me every 5 or 6 miles. By midnight there were probably less than 20 people still on the course and they were all studs. The thing about a timed event on a short loop is that you are routinely getting passed by people that are in better shape than you, not necessarily more talented just better trained. It's pretty humbling to watch it go by, again and again.
|Awesome picture Jeanne took of me crossing the bridge near midnight.|
Contacts, March 22, 2011
My crash in the forest confirmed one thing for me, my luck with running while not really being able to see, might have run out. So, thanks to Dr. Huggett I am now an everyday wearer of contacts. So far, so good. I should have done this a long time ago!
Shoulder, April 4, 2011
My right shoulder has bothered me since hurting it throwing a towel over the shower rod in a motel in Pasadena, while there for my sisters wedding. I finally broke down and went to my doctor. His preliminary diagnosis is a torn labrum, but x rays MRI’s and Orthopedist still to come. Surgery, if necessary can wait until after Western States.
Fall Down Go Boom the Sequel, April 10, 2011
Peterson’s Ridge 40 miler, became an 8 miler for me. Stepped on a rock and sprained the same ankle again. I tried to see if hobbling it out would help but quit at 8 miles.
Fall Down Go Boom III, April 23, 2011
I was recovering nicely from sprain 2. I ran a pretty solid 17 miles the next weekend so I decided a guided trip through “the Maze” of MacDonald Forest would be a good idea. Another step on another rock decided otherwise.
|Very cool path during 17 miles in Bellevue, WA|
I’ve got myself to current. I’m taking a few days off to let my ankle calm down and think through some training decisions. I’m really in need of some positive running experiences right now!