After struggling for 3 months with an inflammed left psoas and inability to run more than a mile or two at a time, and after stretching and strengthening religiously - to no effect whatsoever - and after X-rays and blood work - with no problemo.... I think I may have solved my problem. It's the roller! Yes, I've been using my roller at least twice a week for a long time, but it was the blue softer version, not the hard styrofoam version. Before last Wednesday's swim workout I came to the gym an hour early and did a long hard session with their black styrofoam roller and hit every square inch of both legs and glutes, hips.... everything below the waist. It worked! I was able the next day to do what had been my standard 3 and a half mile daily run to/along the beach, and then Saturday I did my standard 10 mile Fall Creek run, with just some discomfort in the last 3 miles. Entirely not-alarming given my low run mileage this year. I'm encouraged!
Sunday, December 11, 2016
I try to run down to and along the beach as many days as I have time and training for. It always leaves me feeling spiritually better. This is from my beach run last weekend. A girl on the wharf above, framed by the glow of the setting sun.
Ferrell always likes to do a Half Marathon to celebrate his birthday, and this year we were lured in to the Redwood City Half on Oct 29, which promised miles and miles of off-road through the wetlands. Well, actually it was on city roads and then a lot on a bike trail which butted right up against the Hwy 101 freeway, with a coupl'a/three miles in the wetlands. But there were some nice dawn views of the peaceful marsh and reflections. I was at least gratified that my psoas let me run the whole race, albeit with a fair amount of pain near the end. I did 2:39:58, so just barely beat my goal of breaking 2:40. Slow, but better than it might have been. My psoas has been giving me off/on worse pain this year and something's gotta be done. I will head in for an Xray this coming week.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
What a great adventure; Ferrell and I had talked about doing this for years, and finally got it done. Mt. Baldy is a 10,064 ft mountain, highest peak above the Los Angeles Basin. We rented a tent cabin to spend the night above 8,000 ft at the top of the ski lift, then took the lift back down to start the race, which winds up a dirt access road to the ski lift, and then another several miles along Devil's Backbone and the scree slope that is the access to the top of Mt. Baldy. Fantastic views, met some great people also doing the competition, and got lots of great shots during the weekend. Will put it on the schedule again for next year.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Ferrell decided this was good for him to join me, as training for Pikes Peak. Had a great time, stayed at the Boulder Creek Lodge once again, perfect weather, lake was low, but all went well. Both of us were a few minutes slower than our prior adventure here 4 years ago. And some speedsters from the younger age group meanwhile had migrated into mine, knocking me off the podium this time. Still, a great trip.
Hopefully not full-on "wheels off the bandwagon and into the ditch". Left psoas not happy after two tough mountain triathlons and fairly heavy training ahead of Pikes Peak in 2.5 weeks. Medical opinion is that the pain is from bad biomechanics memorized during my 10 years on crutches and walking around like Lurch, with stubborn problem in getting the pattern to normalize. More pain means "tissue memory" takes me back to my "Lurch" days and this only amplifies the problem when I then try to run again. So, the prescription is "bridges" using a bar and to insure the bar stays level on my hip bones, meaning I'm practicing equal glute firing from both sides. Also strained my back in the gym 2 weeks ago and that's also been stubborn. I'm barely hanging on to running 1000 miles projected pace for the year, based on first 7 months.