Sunday, August 26, 2007

Great weather & ITB woes

The weather this weekend was just perfect - mid-60s, low humidity and cloudy. I could not help but get in runs on both days. My ITB continues to bother me - an ache along the ITB around my butt. I've realized things I have do with this to get in a run i) Avoid hills ii) Not stop during a run iii) Drive home after my run (instead of walking back) and start icing immediately.

I'm trying to see if can get this marathon in because I will anyway be heading down to Utah. After that I'm done with training for the year.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Anything worse than walking it in?

Is there anything worse than having to walk back in the middle of your run because you're incapable of continuing? I had inflamed my ITB while pushing it up a steep hill last week. I should have known better than to try running hilly routes on Thursday and today. I guess the fact that I want to try and finish St.George in a comfortable manner and I have not gotten in enough hills for that was partly responsible for distorting my judgement. Today after 5 miles I decided that the ITB pain (around my hip) was not worth making worse. So I walked about 4.5 miles on the Bridle trails to get back home. It would not have been a bad walk except that it's not fun walking up or down hills when you ITB is acting up.

I've never experienced this injury but I've heard of a lot of people dealing with it. I think I have a very mild version of it so I've got to nip this in the bud. I think my next few runs will be on the TM with 0.5% grade. If I need to stop at least I won't have to walk back and be able to start cross-training. Looks like I need to find the hip abduction machine in the gym as well :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

My concession email :(

From: XXX
To: marathon@sgcity.org
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 1:25 PM
Subject: St George marathon: Predicted finish time

Hi,

On the registration form I had indicated that my predicted finish time was 3:10:59. Would it be possible for you to change this time to 3:30. I have not been able to get in the training that I wanted to get in. Given that the bib numbers will be assigned by predicted finish time I don’t want to end up with a bib number that does not reflect reality.

Thank you & looking forward to the marathon,

XXX

Redmond, WA

Thursday, August 09, 2007

A new running group?

One of the things I miss about Boston is the running club I was part of there. Boston was a running city much like cycling is the thing here. It's very hard to not start running if you live in Boston.

I've been at Redmond for 15 months now. I have not found a running group focused towards marathon training. I'm not willing to go out of my way to run. That's just not sustainable for me.

When I joined Microsoft I had expected to find a large organized group of runners at work. To my surprise there was nothing of the sort. There was a running DL but it was pretty dormant. Every time a new runner joined the DL they'd send an email to it introducing themselves. They'd then realize how inactive the DL was and keep to themselves. Lately, there've been quite a few of these newbie emails. So we used that momentum to try and start a running group. We ran together today for our first run. It was kind of fun. Lets see if this group lasts...

The great weather continues...

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Cloudy Seattle day

Once again as most of the US deals with sweltering heat I'm thankful for being able to run in such awesome conditions. At 6pm, when I set out for my run it was 64F and cloudy. Just perfect! I was able to reflect on things and unwind from work ... I recalled how uncomfortable running in the August Boston heat used to be.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Strange rituals

During my run yesterday I saw the strangest thing - a biker riding his cycle with his hands tied behind his back. I looked carefully to make sure I was not hallucinating. Runners have weird drills but at least we don't have to tie our hands :) I guess he must have had the ability to untie himself. Today I saw a couple on unicycles. I wonder what's easier - riding a normal cycle with your hands tied behind your back or riding a unicycle?

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