Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No Foolin'...It's Healin'

Happy April Fools Day. I think I can actually say that my leg is healing up. That's what not running on it will do for you (OK, I lied, I played softball on Monday night and was running). Here's what I've been doing to save my sanity and let me be able to run healthy soon...

  • Stretching - Three+ times per day I'm doing 3 types of wall push-ups and some other stretches. Looking to add some yoga days in here.
  • Rolling - I'm gonna unleash my dog on this thing soon and let him tear it to shreds. Just a big, blue foam piece of crap. Works and is less expensive than getting a massage (Oh yeah...I'm in the process of scheduling a massage). Great at getting those knots and junk out of the legs.
  • Not Running - Ok, this isn't really saving my sanity, but it's probably the #1 remedy for not re-injuring myself. (What an awful thing)
  • Cross-training - I've been all over the board with this but I've been working on a few different things: swimming & biking for cardio; weights for hamstrings and thighs; Core exercises for, well, the core. Need to support those calf muscles.
  • Positive Thinking - What good is it if I'm depressed and complaining all the time about not running? Since my training is going to be nowhere near where it should be for Miwok, I'll have to rely on mental toughness and positive thoughts to make it through. Good time to start is now.
Glorybelle (from Get Out There and Run Already!) had a great quote today about courage from To Kill a Mockingbird (excuse me for stealing this)...
“I wanted you to see what real courage is... It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
I don't think there is any better quote for me right now heading into Miwok. She's also having some of the same injury issues I'm having and has a nice entry today on basically starting over and rebuilding her base miles for a future of 100% healthy running (instead of 90%).

Good luck with your training and races everyone. Stay healthy!


Glorybelle April 1, 2009 at 3:59 PM  

Hugs, brother! You're tough. You've got heart. You'll be 100% soon enough and then look out, everybody!!! Be careful with softball. I know you've aggravated things that way too. But you have to have fun, right. That's what this is all about.

Bob - April 14, 2009 at 11:53 AM  

Hey Mike how are u doing? u doing Diablo this weekend? whats the next race Bro?

Jo Lynn April 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM  

Hello Mr.
You have not posted for quite a damn while now. I want to know how your leg is doing and if you are READY for Miwok. I am volunteering and looking forward to seeing you. Drop me a note when you get a free second. ;)

Jo Lynn April 28, 2009 at 5:44 PM  

I'll be at Tennessee Valley aid station. See you there????

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