Monday, September 17, 2007

You call that recovery?

So, at some point in the run on Saturday my calves decided to seize up, probably at different times. Today my left calf (the one I didn't notice) has been aching, and I've been trying to rub it. I attempted to roll it, but OUCH!!!! At lunch the plan was to swim. *harumph*

Run: 4.28 miles in 29:35 @ 6:55/mile

Yeah, uh, I forgot my swim stuff. Didn't realize it until I had parked at the gym, either. So, I went home (not enough time to go back to work and get swim bag, and return to gym) so I could get a run in. Remember, I already knew my calf hurt. But the run wasn't so bad, and my time improved about :35 over the last time I ran this. I felt better, and the breathing is way improved! I'll cover the Cordyceps thing when I have a bit more data to display.

Anyway, I go back to work and the calf tightens up a bit. I rub it, stretch it, and try to move around a bit. The end of the day rolls around, and I go get Grace, then shoot home. I ask Mendy if she wants to go for a family walk, and she just isn't up to it. (Doc diagnosed ear and sinus infections...ouch!) So, what better to do for recovery and with a tight/sore calf? Yep, go for a bike ride.

20.83 miles in 1:03:10 @ 19.70mph avg

I honestly was restraining myself. More than I wanted to. But that drive inside me kept sneaking up and grabbing my legs, pumping them harder. At the turn around, somewhere around 31:20, I decided I was going to shoot for a negative split on the return. I didn't quite make it, but had fun trying. And again, I was trying not to go too close to lactate threshold. Additionally, my rear cassette (newly switched out) was coming loose, and rattling. Not sure if that affected me to any credible degree, but it was annoying.

My friggen calf is tight now! I'll definitely swim tomorrow at lunch. After work? Well, that's any one's guess!! *Mwa ha ha ha ha ha ha* I may do either a short run, or a longer (than recent: 6-7 mile) run. Until then, it's...

12 comments:

Marcy said...

Awwwhhhh too bad Mendy is sick. (YIKE! Ear and sinus infection?!? Rest up chica! Hope you feel better soon!) I'm sure she'd be up for some happy ending massages :P

Why not just swim in your underwear? :P Kidding! (then you'd have some lady like Lori blog about it. Makes for interesting reads HAHA)

Wes said...

Try some endurolyte pills for that cramping. I didn't get a single cramp on my long run a week or so ago, and I was so grateful. You are back strong, bro! Keep up the great work!!!

Jess said...

That sucks that Mendy is so sick!

Bob Gentile said...

Hope Mendy gets better soon...I have had 2 bad ear infections and man they are horrible... I feel ur pain Mendy, Heal SOON Hun!

and I love Pb & J but after that clip I might not eat them again--lol

Ya rolling a sore calf does suck, but keep rolling it...

the price u pay for being so speedy :-) recover well!!

Gotta Run said...

Please tell me what the word "recovery" means to you? I know it is not the same meaning as it would be to most of us. You are a speedy crazy wild man!!

When you do have your racing schedule in place for next year it is going to be very focused. I see PR's in your near future.

Roll and swim is my vote.

Neese said...

i'm so impressed with you "boys" my brother recently ran a 5k in 21 minutes. I don't even dream about sub 7 minute miles! nice job! :)

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Sounds like you are back to being...well...you! Glad to see you are back at it. I would tell you to rest that calf, but you are probably more apt to listen if I tell you to just beat the crap out of it until it falls in line.

Great job!

J~mom said...

(((MENDY))) Get better!!

I agree with Robin, you are a speedy, crazy, wild man! LOL Great job though! You inspire!

Now about your question to me...off season? Do I really need one? I mean that seriously. Because..umm..I wasn't really planing on one. :>P

Michelle said...

Bummer about the calves. My calves both seized something fierce following my run yesterday. Probably because I ran up the stadium stairs at the college afterwards. Ouchie!!!!

emitch1 said...

Dude! Even with cramps you're smokin' fast!

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

Nice workouts. I can't believe those times are while nursing sore calves! I'm with Robin, though, what the heck do you call a recovery?

Chris said...

Just catching up on your blog...I couldn't believe it when I heard you raced this past weekend. Well, OK - that's just something I learned to say to mortals...it doesn't really apply to crazy, focused tri-maniacs like us of course you raced. I mean other than the gaping wounds and missed training what possible reason could you have not to race ;)

G-Man