I have come to realize that February just blows. Every year something happens in February that derails my plans, training, and/or life in general. Think this is the 3rd year in a row something has happened. If it is true that things happen in threes maybe this will be the last year then.
This year everything was going great with my new approach to training as you can see here.
Solid 52 hour month in January. That is even with 5 days off during
the month. Then on January 29th I started coughing at work hard enough
that my boss sent me home. Through out the evening and night it got
worse enough that I went to the doctor the next day, Walking Fucking
Pneumonia! Needless to say it made me bed ridden for about 4 days for I
would be out of breath just going to the bathroom and back. It took
just under 2 weeks for things to turn around to where I was hiking and
slow jogging again. I figured with Red Hot 55K not until Feb 19th it
would just be a really long taper and was still planning on making the
trip to Moab.
On Monday Feb 11th after my first few 10+mile trail runs in over
10 days the previous weekend I fell on the concrete stairs at work, 5
days before Red Hot. Needless to say I could not walk without a major
limp on my left leg. What did the doctor say? Deep bone bruise of
course, just below the left knee. At least it was not a break even
though it felt like one. I cancelled my trip and Moab and took a great
big fat 5 miles on the week which I got on Friday morning hiking with
Jay making first tracks up Bear Peak after a snow storm the night
before. It was a painful hike on the downhills which lead to me taking
Saturday and Sunday off also.
So now it is Monday the 18th and I thought I would test out the
leg today to see where it sits. I did an easy 6 mile trail run today
in Boulder with little pain. I mean it is still there but it is not a
sharp pain anymore like it was. It is more like when your foot falls
asleep and you try walking on it. Not painful, just weird. So when my
left foot hits the ground (especially on downhills) I get that "foot
asleep" feeling from just below my knee to just above my ankle.
Hopefully I am not causing more damage to the area. My thinking is that
by increasing the blood flow maybe it will help the healing process
So I guess it is time to start all over, again. At least it is
only February still.
I guess this is enough bitching so lets end with something positive. Saw this on JT's
Facebook page, well worth sharing. The timing that he posted it was
right when I was going through one of my pity parties, perfect.