Far from racing shape but building some semblance of a base these days, one day at a time, with 10+ mile days here and there, bits of speed and tempo thrown in once in a while; the ingredients being assembled, looking ahead to start cooking…
Hazards of night running. On the asphalt ‘trails,’ didn’t see the mud patch on the sidewalk left from today’s rain and earned a nice scrape. This is good. Been favoring the right leg while recovering from the left knee; with this on the right knee, the stride became balanced. The fall woke me up, and with it, the training for London began tonight.
Been on a steady run of runs lately. Another 8 miler today through the parkway. The warm spring evening requiring just a shirt and shorts allowed me to run undistracted picturing London’s roads in October.
8 strong miles today to the park and back, my favorite route, smooth. This after yesterday’s rest. That after 3 weeks of daily running, averaging 8 miles a day, through heat and cold, sun, rain, and snow. Starting to feel like my old running self, enough to make this post. Look out.
A homecoming of sorts today, boldly kicked it up to 8 miles and made it out to Delaware Park, my favorite run destination in these parts, the first time in a couple months. The last time that way the knee had me stop and walk the last three miles back home. A different story today. The knee on the mend let me all the way back home running. 2021 is unfolding and starting to feel like I’m keeping up….
Maybe it was the humid spring warmth that reminded me of Philly where I went to school or maybe the Irish program on TV this afternoon that prolonged last week’s St Patty’s Day, but today’s 5 miler after taking off the last 2 days had me inspired by an Irishman. In ’86, had the great fortune to witness the great Eamonn Coghlan race at the Penn Relays. I was a wee Freshman at this point, so was not ‘grown up’ enough to participate. No matter, it was a thrill to see the ‘chairman of the boards’ in action. By this time he had moved up to the 5,000/10,000 meters, and on this humid spring evening, he wowed us all by running down a poor unfortunate college elite runner in the final lap to win in 28 min and change…I think he was wearing a short sleeve! He pushed me through the parkway today.
With the weather becoming so great, I kinda went bonkers with the mileage the past couple days. It’s supposed to be rehab, but went for 6 miles yesterday (though the first 2 miles were a run/walk combo warm up) and 4 miles this afternoon. Had planned to either rest or really take it easy, but the sun and the sudden spring temps in the 60’s had me throw caution to the wind. Couldn’t pass up today. More miles than wise, a case of spring fever, I guess. The knee seemed to come through okay. But maybe pull in the reins a little next few days… maybe. We’ll play by ear.
Took a couple of days off after Monday’s run to continue easing into this comeback, then upped the intensity a little with a 3 miler on Thursday and today. Got further on my usual 10 mile route to the park. Not quite there yet, but getting there. The knee felt stiff yesterday, better today. The route included both pavement and dirt trails, used them both at different times. The knee feels okay now, rubbed in some anti-inflammation ointment afterwards. Things are going in the right direction.
I’m remembering more how to run or my knee is getting better, or both. Either way, it was a great 2 ½ mile run after work this afternoon. The strides felt more natural and effortless, and the knee felt stronger. Still a long long way from running a marathon, or even a 5k, but there was a glimmer of one.
A couple more miles this raw afternoon, nice and easy. Not wearing a watch, it was an exercise in mindfulness. Being present and in absolute tune with each stride, encouraging muscle memory – more than that, reawakening every tissue and nerve associated with running, dormant for these past weeks. You can forget a lot about running in just 2 months.