Defn: a human male displaying evidence of devolution - exhibits distinctive "caveman-like" tendencies. This man often dribbles in public places; cannot drink a beverage without spilling it on himself, the floor or someone else; may also run into objects like lampposts & bushes; has a definite "sloopish & short legged" running style that is slow and low to the ground, often resulting in the dragging of knuckles.

These throwback neanderthals, along with their questionable diet, should clearly be avoided.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

50K training week 11 - almost but not quite

So after shutting the running down during a miserable and painful 3 miles the Wednesday before, I laid low with no running, replaced by a bit of misery eating, till Monday this week - in the hopes that several days of complete rest would heal the knee nemesis.  It wasn't until Sunday that the discomfort that I had felt was mostly gone.

So on Monday, with a late Spring snow blanket on the ground of 4 to 6" - I did an easy lap of the Falcon Trail.  I took it slowly and enjoyed the soft footing in the snow.  My knee was talking to me with some protest for the first 4 miles or so.  But eventually it got better and I was able to move without too much discomfort.  Was a fairly slow lap - just under 2 hrs, 7 minutes.  After I finished the knee felt good for a few hours, I iced it and put a wrap on it.  Seemed to respond well, was a little sore into the evening, but nowhere near as bad as it was last week at this time. 

Tuesday: with still some snow on Santa Fe Trail I slogged out 4 miles, knee was actually quite sore for the first 3 miles, the last mile was better.  Later in the day, caught a flight to Nashville, TN to surprise my sister for her birthday.

Wednesday: Warm and humid in TN.  Got 15 miles in on some roads and along a scenic paved trail.  Was raining off and on, which really added to the humidity.  The running on the concrete and blacktop was not something I went into with great joy and anticipation - expecting my knee to protest a great deal.  But I survived it (running an easy 8:30 pace throughout) and the knee came through okay.  No really noticeable discomfort after - although I did wrap it for a while.

Thursday: back to CO, no running.

Friday: 8 miles on Mt Herman.  Still a fair amount of snow on the trails here after the snow from earlier in the week.  So it was a little slippery in spots, but no ice, so it was manageable.  Ended up with a time of 1:44:20, my 3rd fastest lap.  Knee was about 90% during the run and after it was fine with no issues.  The lap time was reassuring to me that I haven't seemed to lose too much fitness.  The lack of pain in my knee after was much more emotionally satisfying.

So, 40 miles on the week.  Knee is almost right - not 100% yet but a whole lot better than a week ago.  Taking today off and then will up the workload again next week.  6 weeks to go till race day.  Will attempt to play it smart on the knee - but still need to get some concentrated training in during the next few weeks.  So I need to walk / run a bit of a fine line between training hard but not overcooking the tender knee.

1 comment:

  1. Good luck with walking that line. Err on the conservative of course (easier said than done ...)