December, 2011 Monthly Archive

Disney’s almost here and shoes are important

Distance: 5.00km Time: 0:45 Pace: 9’08” kCal: 439 Heart: N/A RPE: 4 Type: 343-12

It’s been a fun week.
But not too much running-wise, unless you count running around shopping for Christmas presents.
I my tooth is still causing some trouble, but not as much as what’s been happening with my right foot.
It took me a few weeks and around 20 – 25 miles of running to discover that the last pair of shoes I got where causing me some problems.

In pseudo-medical terms, of I ended up over-extending the movement around my big toe and started getting some pain (the medial head of the flexor hallucis brevis). I then started to run a little different to alleviate that pain, ONLY to start putting stress on the upper part of my posterior tibial tendon and lower extensor digitorum longus. And man! What a conflict of body parts!
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Back to the Dentist for Christmas

Distance: 16.01km Time: 2:12 Pace: 8’25” kCal: 1113 Heart: N/A RPE: 5 Type: 343-10

I was right. It rained for a few days but I did get out to do some runs. The sad part is that the all-too-famous tooth pain has come back when I run.

I did go see the Dentist, and after much probing and searching, it’s simply my sinuses pushing onto the nerves of one of my teeth.

The result is a root canal and $$$. But it’s not going to happen before Christmas.

Presents and a Wedding Anniversary have priority.

So, I just have to watch myself and not go too crazy.
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My Magic Mile

Distance: 10.12km Time: 1:30 Pace: 8’58” kCal: 921 Heart: 127/162 RPE: 5 Type: Magic Mile Test

This last weekend was my first time back to running.
My health is almost back to normal and the only thing left is to go see the dentist to fix up one of my teeth so as to avoid the bumping pain when I run (a filling fell out – rats!).

So, with only a few weeks left before the Disney Half Marathon, I’m looking for a way to fit my runs into a smart schedule. And for that, I’ve decided to use a part of Jeff Galloway’s training method which means I needed to figure out my Magic Mile.


Yesterday I did all the warm ups, glides, and jogging before seeing how well I could do coming off my chest cold. I was right where I thought I’d be: a 10 minute mile. So, I guess I’m looking at a 2h30m time for the moment. We’ll see how things go over the course of my last few weeks of training, but wouldn’t you know it… the weather for this coming week (all week) is RAIN!

Just when I’m ready and itchy to get going again.
Man, when it rains, it pours… get it !?!

Well, let’s see if I can sneak in some treadmill time.

Turkey and Trails

Distance: 5.22km Time: 0:38 Pace: 7’18” kCal: 541 Heart: NA RPE: 5 Type: 5k Trail Trot
Distance: 5.11km Time: 0:40 Pace: 7’59” kCal: 515 Heart: NA RPE: 7 Type: 5k Trail

I didn’t get too much running in over Thanksgiving, but I did manage to pull off two 5k Turkey Trots around the Monterey Peninsula just north of Big Sur, CA.


The first was the Salinas Valley 5k (Thursday).
This was a fun 5k event where the kids were having a blast. There was even one Turkey handing out water at the 2-mile mark. The course took place at the Toro Regional park.

The trails where nice and there was one hill that was a killer, but all in all it was a lot of fun. I did need to walk at one point.

There was a stretch that involved running through wet grass. That’s how I ripped my ACL in the first place – slipping on grass. So I still have a phobia and decided to walk it.
Total Time: 38 min.


The Second was the Peacock Areas 5k (Saturday).
Nice trails with lots of trees and hills. Some of the downhill trails where a little steep and dangerous… so I took those REALLY slow. But, man! What an experience. There were some people that even went out with baby strollers! I have no idea how they could navigate the course, let alone run with a good time.

some really cool pictures here

When I was nearing the finish line I was totally exhausted… and was not going very fast at all. As a matter of fact, my Portland Marathon Pace was faster! Go firgure.

Well… To be honest, I was fighting a serious cold that I picked up late Thursday night (definitely from someone at the Thanksgiving buffet). Total Time: 40 min.

Of course, after a 7.5 hour drive back on Sunday, I was feeling pretty terrible and ended up with a bad chest cold. I took it easy all week and doc says I need to rest another week, before doing any serious running.
So let’s see how things go.