Sunday, August 7, 2011

Race Report: The 33rd Annual Great Raisin River Footrace - 11 km

I came, I saw, I had no major problems with the ITB. Just a twinge at about 10.5 km but nothing that stopped me up too bad.

A big thank-you to all the comments and suggestions from my last post. Running this race had some fringe benefits because some of my BQ friends were there and I got the name of and was introduced to a great physio guy who said "come on down" should I keep on having problems...big bonus to meet someone face to face.

The stats for the 11k:

Finished     57th

58:44.7 5:21 Men 40 - 49  13/21AG   48/86Men 

I am pretty happy with that considering I have only had 1 six mile run in the last 7 weeks and this one was pretty much pain free...or did I mention that already?

Son "B" got his sorry butt out of bed and ran a 53:51 to finish 32 and 3rd in his age group (he got a nice medal) after we got him signed in this morning. Not bad considering he is 15 and his AG goes to 19. I asked him how he thought he might have done if he had trained???? You can lead them to water but you can't make them run!!!!!

The other big bonus of this run was some of the talent there including Ed Whitlock. 80 years old and he ran the 11 k in 47:10 to finish 14th. UN-FRICKIN-BELIEVABLE! I hope I can walk when I'm 80, much less run. Pretty inspiring and he signed my race bib so I will stash that for the history books.

As far as the race  goes, I started at about a 7:40 pace but knew I could not hold it too long. Too humid and I just needed more time training which I did not have. At about the 2 mile mark, I told Son "B" to get lost and make me proud. He did (and always does) but I think he was happier with the mini donuts he had after the race more than the medal he!!!!

Speaking of mini' mini massages seemed to do the trick (see previous post) as I felt pretty good all day. I will stay with that regime for this week and next as I prep for my Duathlon in a couple of weeks. I also have a Dragon Boat race coming up for charity that should be a bag of laughs...a few folks from work and the "BOSS" will be doing it for the Heart & Stroke Association.

So there ya go. Not my best time but one of my best efforts. In the near 100% humidity, I sure felt like walking more than once but I toughed it out and got the bonus to see the kid shake Ed's hand as he got his medal....who could ask for anymore than that?

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons.  And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.  ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. ~Author Unknown

ITB vs. TFL, winner take all !!!

Howdy Folks. I have had 1 run over 5 miles in the last 7 weeks. Yesterday 2.25 barely qualified as a run....before the dreaded knee pain kicked in.

I have tried most everything for the ITB. Ice, rest, anti-inflammatory, rolling/massage, stretching, new shoes, and more rest. I am frustrated but not giving up!

I am now moving onto the TFL (hip flexor) cure. I am going to try and rest until this 11 km race on Sunday and until then am going to follow a regime of:

  • 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily
  • 10 mini massages per day, 30 seconds each, starting at the middle of the ITB to the knee and then middle to the TFL
  • Continue stretching
  • Up my water intake
  • Chant
  • Burn Incense
  • Learn me a Witch Doctor dance if all else fails
I know, I know, I know.... a part of me is saying to go get professional help...but I am afraid I will hear that age old conversation:

Me: It hurts when I run
Dr. : Then don't run
AE: Told ya they'd say that dumbass! Start dancing!

On my last post, I tossed in 43 pictures of my Saturday bike ride (no pain doing that!)...brain overload and I think if you skipped thru and did not see this picture (click to enlarge), my question at the end made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

I’m thinkin that’s a long ride home....but he kept his promise....and thats gotta be love!

Any other ideas for the wounded whale?