Monday, November 12, 2012

Training Log - Monday, November 12, 2012

After laying off running for a full week, I decide it was time to see if my feet and my legs had recovered enough from the disappointment that was the Pinhoti 100. I still haven't fully come to grips with that race and all of the stuff that went on inside my head during the event, but I hope to put "pen to paper" in the near future to close that final chapter of 100 milers of 2012.


I has sent out the usual reminder to my training partners Sunday night, but most of them were either out of town, avoiding me on purpose (as not to have to get up at 4AM Monday morning to go for a trail run;-) or dealing with their own set of injuries. As it turned out, my feet and blisters were mostly healed up enough to feel comfortable during my run, but I am still feeling the aftereffects of Morton's Neuroma that flared up big time during Pinhoti and still seems to reappear after about 90 minutes of running. My sciatica issues also reappeared in my right leg in form of a tight hamstring and something that definitely feels like a pulled groin muscle.

I awoke at 4AM to heavy rain and the knowledge that I would be heading out on the trails on my own. After debating with myself for a good 30 minutes, I finally stepped out of my house and headed over to our usual starting spot for the Ranger Station out & back trail run. I kept a slow pace for the entire 10 mile run, but to be honest, it still felt much faster than it was. To me, definitely a sign that I am not fully recovered, yet. And while I plan to stick to my new training plan, I think the fact that I am reducing the number of running days and that I will be doing "real" training rather than running junk miles just to be running as well as picking up cross training once again should make a difference as well. Only time will tell...

P.S.: Yesterday was my first day of following a new much much healthier diet in an effort to reduce my slightly elevated cholesterol levels that came to light during my first routine physical exam and blood test in over 8 years. While my doctor was eager to put me on Lipitor right away, I declined and suggested to try changing my diet first to see if that would bring the desired results. My goal is to follow this much healthier way of eating for 8 weeks and to see what happens. I was looking to cut my body fat and weight by a few percent and pounds anyway and the cholesterol levels were definitely a wake-up call. 

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