I wonder just how much of a mental component there is when it comes to certain injuries. There’s no doubt that I had significant pain, discomfort, and lack-of-mobility in my hip and glute for all of January and quite a bit of February – but that was a while ago! Since then? The pain had been intermittent from the middle of February to the middle of March, and two weeks ago I wrote how nice it was to be completely pain-free during running again. The day after I typed that sentence, the pain flared-up again and my range-of-motion diminished greatly. With that flare-up, I contemplated not going to Moab for my 3-day training excursion last weekend – but in the end, I stuck with my decision and headed to the desert. From the very first step of running in Moab, I had zero pain, discomfort, or ‘tweaky-ness.’ Zero. Fast-forward to today. Zero pain. No discomfort. Absolutely no issues. Was there something in the air in Moab that magically healed my injury? Could it just have been a change in attitude? A fresh perspective and renewed sense of purpose? I’m not exactly sure, but I’m psyched to report that things are going well and I’m getting back into the training-groove. Here are the details from the week that was:
Monday – 3/18/13
AM: In Moab, UT. I did the full Jackson Hole/Jacob’s Ladder/Hurrah Pass Loop. 24 total miles. Ran pretty slow, but felt great on the up-hill road sections. Tacked on an additional 2 miles near the base of Jacob’s Ladder. Just the run I needed – wide-open views, perfect weather, amazing landscape! Did this run in a completely fasted state. Really starting to feel confident about my fat-burning capabilities. 4 hours running. 24 miles running.
Tuesday – 3/19/13
AM: A planned day off from training. Feels good to rest up and absorb the long weekend of training. Feel fine.
Wednesday – 3/20/13
AM: Not a planned day off from training, but I ended up taking the day off. Was tackling many projects today and just could not manage to squeeze in a run. Feeling a bit of mental fatigue. 0 and 0 on the training side of life.
Thursday – 3/21/13
AM: Headed out for a very short early morning run. Body does feel tired today. Opted to cut this run short and keep things moderate. Looking ahead to a positive weekend and a new beginning to solid training.
Friday – 3/22/13
AM: 1 hour session of PT/Stretching/Rolling/AIS and Lunge-Matrix/Running Drills and Sit-ups/Push-ups/Ab-wheel. Great morning. Feeling a ton of energy today. Where was that the past three days? Spent some extra time on the foam-roller this morning- specifically my quads. My whole body felt free, rested, and amazing after this session.
AM: Finished up my stretching/rolling session and immediately headed out with Parr on a 1.5 hour run. We kept things very mellow pace-wise. Fantastic to run with Parr again – it’s been a while. Great conversations about our jobs, the future, and our summer-running plans. 1.5 hours running. 11 miles running. Beautiful morning.
Saturday – 3/23/13
AM: Kicking off a big day of training with a fantastic 1.5 hour session of PT/Stretching/Rolling/AIS and Lunge-Matrix/Running Drills and Sit-ups/Push-ups/Ab-wheel. Feeling very deliberate in all my actions this morning. Major focus on stretching – specifically my piriformis and hip rotators. Great.
AM: Finished stretching and bolted out the door for a 2 hour run on Esty Lane and Lost Canyon Road. Another beautiful morning. Body felt a little sluggish to start, but warmed up very well. 2 hours running. 14 miles running. Running really slowly – but fitness is right around the corner. Staying positive!
PM: At 3:30pm I put Jordan in the stroller and went out for a 1 hour run on Extended Town Loop. We had fun singing Old Macdonald Had a Farm most of the way. Legs felt significantly better this afternoon. More power and strength! Good to get out for this second run of the day. 1 hour running. 8 miles running.
PM: Finished the stroller-run and headed up to the Escalante Fitness Center for a core strength workout. Kept things short, but made it happen. I did pull-ups, walking lunges, calves/shins, tele-jumps, lateral walks, clamshells, bridges, back-ups, obliques, push-ups, and 8-minute abs. Glad to get this workout in.
Sunday – 3/24/13
AM: 1 hour session of PT/Stretching/Rolling/AIS and Lunge-Matrix/Running Drills and Sit-ups/Push-ups/Ab-wheel. Again, feeling purposeful with each stretch and roll. The best thing I did today? Focused on using my rolling-pin to roll-out my quads and IT-bands. As soon as I finished this session, my mobility was vastly improved.
AM: Out with Parr for a 1.5 hour run. My hips felt so incredibly loose! Range-of-motion breakthrough this morning. Parr and I ran a 35-minute warm-up and then did a 15-minute tempo run at a ‘controlled-hard’ pace. Right now my ‘controlled-hard’ pace is approximately 6:15 min/mile. I’ve got some work to do. Rounded out the run with an extended cool-down. Energy levels are high. 1.5 hours running. 11 miles running. Tempo Run.
PM: Short 30-minute outing with local Strategic Endurance Athlete Michael Bleakley. Always good to get out for these runs with Michael. Windy this afternoon, but sunny and warm. .5 hours running. 3 miles running. Good.
Totals – Week of 3/18/13 – 3/24/13
14 hours training. 9 hours running. 70 miles running. Training Camp Mentality. Finding Fitness.
Other exciting news from this week? I have now firmly committed to the bulk of my race schedule for 2013. I’ll kick things off on May 4th with the Collegiate Peaks 50 Mile Trail Run in Buena Vista, CO. I raced the CP50 back in 2011 and had a poor showing, so I’ll be looking to redeem myself this time around. Then I’ll be racing in Leadville all summer again! So excited to be heading back to the Leadville Trail Marathon on June 29th, the Leadville Silver Rush 50 Miler on July 14th, and the Leadville Trail 100 on August 17th! I’ll also be helping lead the official Leadville Trail 100 Run Training Camp from June 22nd – June 24th. Pumped up for that event too. After the ‘Summer-of-Leadville’, I’ll be returning to the Run Rabbit Run 100 Miler in Steamboat Springs on September 13th, followed closely by the Ultra Race of Champions 100km (UROC) on September 28th. Definitely looking forward to many great challenges over these next six months. Beyond September? Nothing firm yet, but I’m looking into the Pinhoti 100-Mile Trail Race on November 2nd, and/or The North Face 50 Mile Championship in December. Quite a bit to look forward to in 2013. Big vision. Big goals. Big plans. Time to start training. Thanks for reading. Live well. Train well. DC.