Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Returns

I am happy to say that I just completed my first week of consistent running since my injury. I ran a total of 22 miles from Monday to Monday all at a very easy pace. The longest outing was just an hour and a half, but I have done bike rides of 3-1/2 hours and 4 hours the past two weekends to keep up my endurance. I've also continued the exercises given to me by my physical therapist and I have had no pain in the calf at all. This next weekend I am planning to attempt my first long run. I may join the Fremont Fat Ass 50K, but don't expect to run the entire distance. Maybe something in the 2-3 hour range. I will either do a bike ride on Sunday or a shorter run with my wife depending on Saturday's results.

The following weekend is the PCTR Race Series Awards Ceremony in Walnut Creek. While I didn't win any awards (I only ran one race in the series anyway), I'm going to attend because it promises to be fun. I am going to ride my bike to the ceremony and back. The ride I did this past weekend was a test of the route. I started too late and had to jump on BART in Pleasanton after 57 miles because it was getting dark and the last thing I wanted was to try to ride on Niles Canyon Rd. after dusk. Based on this ride, I expect the entire 72 mile trip to take about 5 hours. I will leave from Fremont BART around 6am and then head back out after the ceremony at noon. I've plotted the route I plan to take on Google Maps.

So far, this doesn't really stand as a training plan, but if I get through these next few weeks I will feel confident enough to put something more formal together. Stay tuned. I'm back. Hopefully, I'll have something more interesting to write about soon.


Jason said...

Hey Steve:

Good luck on your recovery. Sounds like you're doing well. I'm trying to come back from a (hopefully) minor foot/tendon issue as well. I am in the Miwok 100, now I just need to get in shape. I am doing 3 milers now without pain - hard to believe I'll be doing 60 in a couple of months! Slowly but surely though, at least that's what I'm hoping!

Best of luck,

kate said...

sounds great, Steve...we look forward to seeing you next Saturday!

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

David and I are showing up tomorrow too, though I am battling an injury too - hip issues- and may not go that long either. I had a severe calf injury once (years ago) trying to Boston qualify and recovered by running slowly, essentially not pushing off using the calf muscle, so my strides were quite short. But it worked. Running slowly is far better than not running at all!

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!! Welcome back, you animal!

I hope this bodes well for C2M. How hard can it be, ya know? :-)

Looking forward to seeing yer smiley mug,

- Fred Ecks,