Bad news. Last week I was shooting for a peak mileage of 50 miles, made up of three 10s and a 20. The first two 10s went so well I thought it was going to be easy, really feeling loose and quite stud-like. The third run went bad 4 miles in when my right shin started burning quite suddenly. I immediately stopped, the pain continued as i walked into a store to pick up supplies, sat right there and iced it and wrapped it. The pain was gone for my walk home. So early this week, a couple 1 mile test jogs revealed the pain was still there but much improved. daily calf stretching, icing, and compression seemed to be doing the trick. I finally got in a 7 mile trail run Friday night and no pain after almost a full week of only cross training.
So when Wisner called about the weekend, I was confident and anxious to break out of this funk. As always he was totally willing to let me warm up, walk and stretch for over an hour, before running. Bam! Knee pain almost immediately! What? I felt this once before on our Baldy peaks run a few weeks ago. Again, I continued running only long enough to confirm it was not a momentary issue, which happen often with me. No bueno, knee pain continues, we turn back and walk 5 miles to the car. A couple beers back at his pad cheered me up a bit.
So now I'm in ITB rehab mode. Foam roller, ice, compression, stretching, lots of beer and bad words. Finding out I need to run to be happy these days. I had high hopes of running the canyon like an impala, now Im thinking more of slow hobble type, maybe like a skunk? Are there skunks in the canyon? to be continued....