I am currently taking some time off from running and training, so instead of my usual day-by-day recap, here is a brief summary from the week that was:
Summary – Week of 2/4/13 – 2/10/13 –
Over two weeks ago, I made the decision to take some time away from training until I can get completely healthy again. I’m still dealing with this nagging glute injury, although I have definitely made some progress. My physical therapy appointments seem to be helping substantially, as I’ve been able to make mobility gains in the days following each trigger-point therapy session. I’ve combined these weekly PT visits with my new 1 hour daily routine of muscle activation, stretching, rolling, and AIS (Active Isolated Stretching). The results? Progress. My general routine consists of 10 minutes of muscle activation exercises to engage the glute muscles, 15 minutes of rolling with a foam roller and a 4″ hard-rubber ball, 20 minutes of static stretching, and 15 minutes of AIS. Beyond this, I’ve been walking a total of 3 – 4 miles per day at a fairly mellow pace, as a method of transportation. Otherwise, the focus has been on getting 8 hours of sleep per night, and eating a very clean diet consisting of meats, quality fats, and tons of vegetables. Over the next 7 – 21 days, I will be experimenting with a ketogenic diet, with the high hope of beefing up my fat metabolism. I’d like to do a nutrition-specific blog post at some point in the next two weeks, so stay tuned for that. Week totals – If I were to count all of my therapy time as training then my week total was 9 hours. Add in the daily walking and this was a 15 hour week of training! Mostly kidding, but I mention these numbers just as a way of showing that getting healthy requires more than just sitting around watching Oprah.
My 2013 race calendar is starting to take shape. Over the past 10 days I’ve signed up for two high-profile races in Colorado. Both events take place during the month of September, and I couldn’t be more psyched for the challenge of stepping to the line at both events. First of all, I have committed to returning to the Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, CO on September 13, 2013. Last year’s 5th place finish at this incredible event left me wanting another shot at the victory this year. Without question – 100 miles is my favorite distance. Also, Steamboat in September – you can’t beat it! A great course? Yup. I’m definitely looking forward to racing 100 miles in Steamboat against top-notch competition. The other race I have committed to takes place 2 weeks later (September 28, 2013) in Summit County, CO – The Ultra Race of Champions 100km! This will be my first 100km race. At first glance, racing these two events back-to-back seems like a recipe for disaster, but I see it another way. In the past (2009 and 2010) I’ve been exceptionally fit, focused, and strong in back-to-back efforts like this. In many ways, I have found that I almost feel better for the second race. Amped for the opportunity! Other than these two events, I have not signed up for anything else yet. I am 99% sure that I will not be racing until the end of June – due to this lingering injury. With that said, I am eyeing several racing opportunities for the summer, and I’m certainly anxious to finalize those plans. I’ll be sure to post an update when I do finally sure-up the remainder of my summer schedule. Beyond September? Same deal – several ideas and tentative plans, but nothing definitive yet. I’ll be psyched to get back into the groove again this spring – and begin training with purpose for a stellar summer and fall of racing. Here’s to steady, consistent, forward progress. Live well. Train well. DC