Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Another Battle

Well I got out and ran today, but it was another struggle. Things were even worse than two days ago. I felt sore again at the start, but hoped it would go away like it did during the last run. I headed out along Kelly Drive for a 5 mile run.

Early on, it was pretty clear I wasn't going to feel better during this run. I started off by running funny due to the soreness. I did develop a little smoother gait, although I'd imagine it wasn't very efficient and I'm favoring one side.

A mile into the run, I just considered throwing in the towel. I decided not to and opted to deal with the soreness. When I ran the other day, I wore looser fitting clothes. Today, they were tighter and rubbing against the infected area. That sure didn't help. I'll stick to wearing looser clothes in the future though.

The soreness continued, but I forced myself to keep going. I committed to getting to the turnaround point. I figured I'd walk home from there if needed. I eventually got there and was relieved.

Coming back, there was actually quite a bit of headwind. That felt good, but was tough to run against. Even though it was mid afternoon, the temperature was in the mid 70s. Perfect for a run.

If only my body felt perfect. I continued to struggle through the run. I had slowed down more than the other day (around 8 minute miles) and thus my lungs weren't sore. By the time I hit mile 4, my legs were becoming sore though. My infected area certainly wasn't getting any better either.

It wasn't easy, but it was a great relief to finish. Things didn't get better after stopping though. I became even sorer and more tight. I struggled to walk the several blocks home. I had to lay down immediately. After some rest, I felt much better.

I'm really not sure if I can continue running though. I'll give it a go again, but if most days are going to be like this, I might be better of just quitting until I'm 100% healed. I'd lose a lot of fitness that way, but it might be the best and possibly only option. Today was such a struggle. If nothing else, I definitely will have to run less miles than I planned to. I'm not taking these miles on as easily as I thought I would and of course the infection isn't helping that.

I might try to get out again and run before work on Friday. We'll see how I feel in the morning. I work a long 1 PM to close shift, so I don't want to mess anything up before the shift. For now, I just have to take it day by day.

5 miles - 40:04 (8:01 pace)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Back At It

I knew after my marathon, it might be awhile before I ran again. It's now been over a month and I finally got back into it. I've been fighting and infection for weeks. While I'm still not healed completely, I've been much better over the last week or so.

I actually was kind of sore as I headed out the door. I've felt much better at other times, but decided to give it a go anyway. Of course, I went out when it was about 85 degrees. That didn't make things easy.

I was sore walking over to Lloyd Hall. Then to add to the frustration, I couldn't get a satellite signal. Finally, I started running anyways. I picked up a signal after about a tenth of a mile.

Early on, I was a little stiff. I ran about what used to be comfortable pace for a three mile run. Although my legs were rusty, they felt pretty good after half a mile. The small downhill portions of the Schuykill Banks loop were a bit uncomfortable.

I wasn't running hard, but early on, my upper chest started to get sore. My pace was about what I used to run on an easy day, and perhaps a little faster than I should have gone. My lungs had trouble taking in enough air. The humidity probably didn't help either.

It was good to see I still had my speed. I lost it some, but not as much as I figured. I was still blowing by a lot of people and that felt good.

The last mile was a little tough. I certainly have to get my stamina back up. My legs and body did tire a little, but it was still my lungs that were holding me back. I hope they adapt quickly.

It felt good to finally get out there. I was pleased that I was no sorer than I had been before the run. I don't think I bothered the infection in any way. I might not get back on track right away, but I should at least be able to get some solid base mileage going. It feels so good to run again. I just wish I was 100%.

I haven't changed my goal of qualifying for Boston in the fall. That said, I'm simply taking it one day at a time. I'm not going to rush back into things after a month off. I'm going to try running Wednesday this week. I'll definitely shoot for 4 miles and might even up it to 5 miles. I'll try to run in the cooler morning weather though.

3 miles - 22:56 (7:39 pace)