Cats, Thinking, Running - A Pretty Good Day - 2-25-2020


A pretty good day and I had a few worrisome thoughts about how this hamstring/back of my left leg and how it might affect my running going forward. It is just one of those things that we all worry about as we get older, the potential for an injury becoming more than they initially seemed to be. I know this time it is not going to be anything long-term, but at the same time what happens the next time? 

Bennie made a barrier between him and the cat.
Speaking of that damn cat!!! He came around my head at 4:30 AM and played with my glasses, knocked my phone on the floor and basically did his best to keep me awake until the alarm went off. He succeeded, but even so, I felt pretty good this morning. 

The left leg is still a bit sore from Frank's deep tissue massage yesterday, but it feels different than it did before that release happened, so I am hopeful that he got something good going and after the soreness goes away that I will be able to run a bit more freely. He did a good job of getting the leg to release.

At this point in my life, I know that I will never be all that fast again, but I still want to be able to run as fast as my body will allow me to and I have that fear that most older runners have. That I am one injury away from not being able to run well again and the length of time that is has been taking to heal from this hamstring strain, has bothered me a lot more than I have let on. 

I do wonder and worry if this injury is the one that is going to be that one. Even if it is, I just have to keep moving forward, doing the extra work beyond just simply running and work towards getting back to where I was at the start of the year. Even though I have doubts and worries, at the same time I am pretty certain that I will come back just fine this time, but how many more times can I keep doing that before the body tells me enough is enough. I enjoy running, but the speed part is going a bit more each year and I know that. 

Yeah, the meandering thoughts of an old warhorse who tends to think that he can still answer the bugle's call. The truth is if the bugle called, I would go but how well things would go and how long I would last, well that is the question that all old warhorses tend to downplay.

I did go over to Charlie's and was going to get the Ridgeline washed...errrr no, with about 15 vehicles already in line, I decided to do it some other time and headed for the gym. Although I did stop at the Honda dealership and looked for Pierre and told him to thank him for the great vehicle. I know that they don't get this kind of feedback very often and thought it was the right thing to do.

This afternoon, we decided to get the registration of the Ridgeline done, it was not cheap, but it got done. That is the only problem with buying a new vehicle, the excise tax is usually pretty tough to swallow.

Otherwise, a pretty quiet day and a little slower than it has been lately


Daily Stoic Reflection -- THE SMOKE AND DUST OF MYTH

All people die, that is just a fact of living and all too soon after we are gone the world will start forgetting that we were even here, especially those of us who are not rich, famous or celebrities of some sort. It doesn't really matter if you are good, evil or the myths that live on when you are dead and how close to the actual person you were are those stories that are told about you by family, friends, or even enemies? 

Do you enjoy the life you have, if not change it, being constantly angry or hurt by whatever has happened to you in your life serves little purpose and is a waste of energy that could be put to better use than wallowing away in your anger or self-pity? Our lives are within our control to make the changes we need to, we just have to be willing to do the work to get there.

Running

Planned - 3-4 miles outside, full lower body workout and some stuff from running re-wired.

  • Runner warm-up
  • 50 squats
  • 30 pushups
  • 2 x 20 bridges
  • 2 x 20 single-leg balance work
  • 3 x 10 hip stretches
  • 2 x 10 count hip stretches
  • 3.0 @ 3.8 mph - warm-up

PF Treadmill | 3.0/26:20/8:47

My left leg was tired after yesterday's long massage therapy and I did not want to push too hard today. I put the treadmill to 6.8 mph and just ran. I did think about doing 4.0, but when I got to 3.0, I just didn't have a whole lot left and shut it down. The leg felt different today in a good way, but it was also tired and I did not want to push the issue.

Nike Vomero 14 - Did everything I asked of them today.

  • 0.30 @ 3.5 mph - cool-down
  • I had planned to do more stuff after running but just ran out of time.

The more I did on the leg, the more it felt different than it has for the past few weeks. The level of discomfort was very different, it was not centered on one particular spot, which is the area where Frank got that big release yesterday. It was more like I was just sore, which hopefully means that things will start to heal a little better than they have. 

In the past, it always felt as though there was something digging into the back of my left leg and I couldn't get it to go away. That feeling is not there today, so I am hoping that Frank's massage therapy yesterday got this taken care of.

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Comments

Andy said…
I think most car dealerships have realized that their potential customers would rather have a root canal than come in and do business with them.
At least you get drugs for a root canal.
My last car buy wasn't bad, but as usual I felt I probably could have driven a better deal. It's not like I know what I'm doing.
But I've enjoyed the car and had it 14 years.
Good luck with the injury. I will get better.
Andy