Thursday, June 30, 2011

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson

Mmmmmm  Bacon!!!!!!

I just thought that quote was funny...and true!

I have not run since June 19th. That sucks!!!!!!! 

If I don't get out soon, I may start to look like that bacon producer!

Not only am I growley because I can't run, but the bike is no treat either and I have decided to stay away from that too for a bit (maybe get back on this weekend). Using stairs causes acute pain so I have either been grabbing the rails or crabbing it sideways on the way down.

The Manitoba Marathon (1/2) came too soon after the Ottawa Race Weekend  (full).....course...maybe that was my own fault for not following "the plan" in Ottawa.  Live and learn is a hard pill to swallow sometimes.

My IT Band From the web:

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) can be a debilitating injury to a runner. The IT band, as it is more commonly known, can become so painful that a runner is unable to train at all) on my left knee/leg still hurts. Thank god for re-usable ice packs....but my patience is disappearing fast. This of course is a self diagnosis, I am a man after all and of course we know everything about ourselves and how to use 2 fingers on the keyboard to get that google diagnosis.

So thats me....the lateral epicondyle guy...say that fast 5 times.
Not much can be done except massage (we have no seedy massage areas around here...damn!) and ice and rest and did I mention I can't run and biking is painful too!!! Is there not a remote around somewhere that can fix this with 1 click?

But enough of the rant...tomorrow is Canada Day around here so I will lounge myself like a lizard in the sun by the pool (no speedo though...that's gross). We are close to Ottawa (1 hr) but will not be going to see William and Kate. Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day is absolutely nuts!!! Went last year and as we were getting up to the hill, the "BOSS" (she was tail end charlie) banged into someone and tripped. She kinda lost us for a second and then they closed a barrier  just ahead of her until the Queen (not my "BOSS", the real Queen Elizabeth II) was into the Parliament grounds. That barrier opened 4 hours later....can you say "PISSED OFF BOSS"? I of course knew deep down that this was somehow my fault so I stoically took one on the chin for all those husbands out there who are idiots and should have known (using the eyes in the back of my head of course) that their "BOSS" tripped and was separated from the pack......oh well, the rest of the evening was interesting after "THE LOOK" turned into a minor glance. It was busy as there were thousands of folks in a relatively small space. It took us 25 minutes to walk to the car and 1 hour to get out of downtown before we really started driving home. So I can only imagine how crazy it will be there come this Friday with the arrival of the newest Royal couple.

So I may get out on the bike Saturday for a short spin...or not. I guess it is a day to day thing....grrrwwwwwww!!!! Did I mention this sucks!!!!!

Lastley on today's foul post, have a happy Birthday Canada on Friday, July 1st.

Wherever you are, you are welcome to come join us for our 144th. We are kinda friendly like that......were Canadians!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Race Report - Manitoba Marathon (1/2)

One of my favorite scenes from the movie "Forrest Gump" is when he gets hauled in front of a microphone to talk about the Vietnam War. As he starts to speak, a pro-vietnam officer pulls the plug on the mic when Forrest starts to talk. At the end of his speech, the mic gets plugged back in and Gump's famous line gets repeated again - "And that's all I have to say about that".


I had a very strange marathon last Sunday/Fathers Day. 


I am so proud of my boys and family. Son "A" did the 10km walk/run in his Elmo shirt and Yankee hat on backwards, finishing by imitating a big bird flappin over the finish line with his "Angel Hair Donation" flying in the wind. He is such a cool dude! 


Son "B" whipped myself and his uncles  with a 1:51 ish for his 1st ever 1/2 Marathon. Pretty impressive for 15. I cut him loose with my Garmin after my knee started giving me grief and I'm glad I did. Man can he fly!!


The "BOSS" had an incident and ended up on crutches 2 days before the deal. She was some pissed but pretty proud of her boys. It was a bittersweet week for her as we attended her Grandpa's funeral which was sad but we did get to see almost all the family on both her and my side.


I have no time for my run? Chip malfunction...which brings me back to perhaps renaming this blog to "Shawn - 1 Chip Only". I kinda know my time but it is no big deal that it's not official.


I had left knee problems again. Not enough recovery time from the Ottawa Marathon would be my guess.


So I will now take a month off running and concentrate on biking and rehabbing the knee for another attempt in October at a full. I will do a duathalon at the end of August and more that likely the Army Run 1/2 in Ottawa again in Sept as training for Oct. Any pain after that one and I will not try a marathon again until next year.


So here's my story on the race:


I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.  ~William Penn



"And that's all I have to say about that".


I hope you all had as happy a Fathers Day as I did.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I never really knew?

I have been bummed about 3 of my last 4 runs since my first Marathon.....


1st one was less than a mile and my left outer knee was trying to mate with the inner knee...ie...I was in some nasty stabbing pain. I walked and cursed and walked some more but everytime I tried to run, I had to stop.....more cursing followed! I worked in a Nickle mine for 5 years out of high school...I really do know how to curse.


2nd run ended at about 2 miles. I really backed the pace off but that nasty pain was back. This time I just walked back to the wheels and called it a run.


3rd was last Tuesday......pain at 2 miles but not the same "make the big baby cry" pain. I did the walk run thing off and on till it hurt too much...and again, called it a run.


Now here is why this was a worry....I am running a 1/2  on Fathers Day with my brothers (3 of them), a few of the outlaws and son "B".  The last thing I need is to be hobbled.


So I went for a run today and thought happy thoughts and about what I achieved a little over a week ago:


  • I put my body through the wringer for about 18 of the 26.2 miles and survived. 
  • I learned that a Marathon is not 2 1/2 marathons combined. It is a totally different beast that has to be run with a different plan....it is not a linear race, it gets exponentially tougher every mile.
  • I learned that all those little connector muscles that get hammered when  195 lbs stomps on them need a lot of time to recover if you went out too fast ( please see 1st bullet ) but they do get better.
4 miles today pain free at an under 9 minute/mile pace.


Shawn is happy camper again and just had to tell everybody.  I have 1 day of work left and then will have a week off where we will head West to see mine and the BOSS's family and be all together again for the first time in about  10 years. Put it this way, the BOSS has not even met her 7 yr old niece...ever. Amazing how the time fly's when everybody gets wrapped up in their own little world.




It has also been busy at work....I try not to talk about it too much because it does not define who I am. Family and my other interests I think are a better reflection of who I am.




I have been reading blogs but have just been foul about my knee. I was pretty disheartened to think that my "good" knee was giving me trouble....and a little jealous when reading about peoples sucess's and knowing I wasn't having the best "training" runs before my next race....hence no comments anywhere.




I will run again Saturday and Sunday and then the bird fly's west. Will do a couple of acclimatizing runs and then taper for the 1/2.




So thank-you all for the great comments on the Marathon post. It was the chocolate on the ice cream for me after my biggest running accomplishment to date.


Hope all those running this weekend have a great race and I will hopefully find a free WiFi connection somewhere out in the boonies to follow and post while I'm away.




Cheers and "chase your pace'!!!