Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I've Got a Dart in My Neck

Some random thoughts...

  • What an amazing finish to the US Open golf tourney. I like rooting for the underdog as much as the next person, but WOW, watching Tiger Woods win that tournament on Monday in a playoff was something else. Turns out, he was playing with a torn ligament and will need to miss the rest of the season.
  • On a recommendation from Bob Gentile, I've been reading the book, The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. It's basically a book on self-treatment for pain relief, using trigger point therapy. I just finished reading about the essentials and techniques of the practice and I'm starting to get into the actual sections that focus on specific pains and treatments. I think this is gonna be one of those books that I start wearing out the pages. Thanks for the tip, Bob.
  • I've been running in the late afternoon/early evening for most of my runs lately and I really need to stop doing that. Yes, it's great for heat training but what the hell heat am I training for anyway? I'm feeling so beat up after these runs. I really need to get back to running in the AM or I'm never going to get any significant miles in.
  • I'm still not sure if I'm going to enter the Skyline 50k on Aug 3rd. This Saturday, I'll attempt to get in a nice 2 - 3 hour run and see if my body holds out. I'm really hoping this sluggishness I'm feeling is due mostly to the heat and running early will allow me to get out further and test my knee a little more. I've been wearing a strap above my knee for the ITBS and I'm already sick of that thing. If I decide to jump over something or squat down low, the stupid band comes ripping off. Lame. However, my knee hasn't hurt yet and that's saying something.

Workouts since the weekend:
Mon (6/16) - 8 miles @ 8:30 pace (turned to 9+ final two miles due to heat) - No problems with the knee again. I wanted to run a couple more miles, but I was completely out of fluid. The normal water cooler on the golf course by the trail was unfortunately empty, so I couldn't refill my bottles.

Tues (6/17) - Decided to head to the gym to avoid running in the heat again. Did the 6/16 Crossfit WOD:
(For time)
50 Sit-ups
50 Double-unders
50 Sit-ups
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Sit-ups
50 Burpees
50 Sit-ups

Ended up taking 20:54 to do this. I can't remember the last time I did 200 situps...and it showed.

For Today...
Since I didn't bother to get up early in the morning to run (for the 30th day in row), looks like I'll be out in the heat again. Think I'll do a little swim-run brick workout--> 1 mile EZ swim followed by 6 mile EZ run up the levee. Should be a severe butt kicking since I haven't done any double duty since last year. (And of course it will be hot outside again). Lessons learned: none.

Have fun out there.


Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) June 18, 2008 at 1:18 PM  

Speaking of tired (per you comment0you should talk to me at the end of some of my nightshifts--it's scary that I'm taking care of patients when half of what comes out of my mouth doesn't sense.

If no one else has yet shown and/or explained ITB stretches to you, let me know. Hope it improves. Sometimes you just have to stop running for a while.

Funny, was having the same thoughts yesterday about heat training (for what?)--but I guess I wasn't planning on heat training--was just going out for a run. I found myself driving without turning on the AC or rolling down the windows the 2 days ago, it had become a reflex.

Tom@RunnersLounge June 19, 2008 at 5:28 PM  

Hi Mike. I'm with you. I used to be a morning runner, got away from it, and recently my later day runs have been sluggish and no fun. So I switched back to mornings and what a difference!

Hope that knee recovers so you can lose the band

I see you've been influenced by Bob Gentile like many of us. Heck of a guy!

Hope that long run goes well.

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