Woke up Monday morning and was wandering around the house for a while getting going with my day - bent over to pick up something and my (lower) back went out.
Don't know why or how it went out - but it hurt like crazy - to the point that I was short of breath and of course couldn't hardly stand up. A trip to the Chiropractor helped the back into place a bit, he recommended that I take more calcium (he calls it Nature's "muscle relaxer") - to help with the pain in the lower back muscles. Wednesday I saw the Chiro again and it also improved some more. Gradually over the next few days the pain got less. I gutted out a couple of slow runs during the week. Continued to do lots of back stretching and by Friday I could stand up straight and take full breaths without hurting.
With that - I was ready to go again, so I met up with Steve (Happy Trails) at 6am in Manitou Springs to run up a good chunk of the Barr Trail / Marathon and Ascent course. The plan was to
I didn't take a camera with me, did carry a handheld water bottle - trying to figure out if it would hurt or hinder on race day. More on that later. Steve did take his camera and writes a great post (click on his link above in this post) on our run along with thoughts on the Waldo Canyon fire and impact.
|Early on in the W's - notice my nice clean shirt, more on that later too....|
I must of got a second wind after the rest stop at Barr Camp and was able to run at least 2/3rds of the way up to A-Frame - taking just under 50 minutes to cover that stretch, easily my best ever time and I really hope to do that on race day. With 10 miles in, I was even tempted to go a little higher - but instead decided that I should work on getting familiar with running the stretch down to Barr Camp.
WARNING / WARNING / WARNING / WARNING - I'm gonna post a photo that has got nothing to do with anything, WARNING / WARNING / WARNING - below that will be photos of what happens when you are running at full speed, downhill, on rocky terrain and.......... (if you get grossed out, exit now).
|An Ice Cream Burger - the next photos are a different kind of hamburger.|
So, my first half a mile down was kind of slow, was maintaining a decent pace, but not too fast. It's a series of switchbacks that gradually get longer as you go further down the trail. The long one is about 3/4 mile long and in several places allows you to pick up speed, so I did, glancing every now and then at my watch to see my average pace was getting much faster.
At 1.15 miles down the trail, at close to full speed, I stopped running.
I then started crying. Not just because I had ruined one of my favorite shirts.
I stopped several times on the way down the trail - sympathetic passers by helped me wash out the wounds, provide Neosporin and bandaids. Those didn't stick on for long and were mostly too small. The Neosporin seemed to help a lot keep things clean.
My water bottle was in my left hand, that protected that hand. The rest of my body took some good hits. (If you have made it this far to look at the pics - here, you can have them).
1) Considering running covered in Bubble wrap.
2) Considering not running down a trail.
3) Consider not looking at your watch while running down a trail
4) Consider not running.
5) My back doesn't hurt so much any more.
|The morning after - this one hurts the most.|