Hey there fellow runners, yes I know it’s been 3 months since my last post, but I’ve just recovered from some injuries and it’s only been in the past week that I’ve been able to get back out on the trails. It’s tough to keep my mind on writing about running when I’m NOT. I’ll try to be more attentive in the future and not leave you guys hanging like this again.
It all started at the beginning of February. I had planned some surgery (hernia) to be done over the winter months, so recovering from that was all part of the “big plan”. It was the complications of surgery and then some other “maladies” that plagued me for about 8 weeks after that.
Once my surgery had sufficiently healed enough that I felt comfortable running a slow and easy pace, I (tentatively) began what I knew would be a road to full recovery. It seems I hadn’t been back out there for a week when I got a sever pull in my left calf. The pull probably came from putting too may miles on my Vibram 5 Finger KSO’s before being fully recovered. It was a painful, yet necessary lesson. It made me realize that perhaps I needed more time to heal my surgery site (which is also on my left side) because I had been favoring that side too much.
This week I’ve managed to do 5k+ on two different days. On Tuesday I ran a 45:18 (ez pace) just to see how I’d feel the next day. On Wednesday I did an elliptical circuit and then rested on Thursday. Today was the warmest day of the week and I managed to do the full 5k. I didn’t count my time because I took to the trails at the half way mark and did about 2 miles in, up and around Nickerson State Park. It was a gorgeous sunny day with a slight breeze that felt as if it were sent straight from heaven, especially for me.
I had planned to run in the “Brewster in Bloom” 5k Run tomorrow, and I still may, let’s see how I feel in the morning. Beyond that I don’t have plans for any organized races until June 25th when we’ll go up to Amesbury, MA for the “WARRIOR DASH”, a 5k beer run with obstacles, horned helmets and plenty of good times to be had by all.
The popularity of these “Beer Runs” is growing and are (IMO) the glitzy, sugar coated entry point for something much darker and insidious, namely Ultra-Marathons and Long Haul Trail Running. I really forgot how much I missed running Cross-Country, like in HS. As it is now, I do most of my running on the bridle path that runs alongside the “Cape Cod Rail Trail”. There are many offshoots and areas that have miles of trail systems in pretty much every town that the Rail Trail passes through.
My posts will be more frequent, I promise. I appreciate you stopping by to read my ramblings. If you’d like to comment on this or any other posts, you’re more than welcome to do so. I love the interaction and hearing what you’re all thinking about. Let me know. Leave your comments.