Sunday 12/4 4.1 Miles through local neighborhoods 32:47
Monday 12/5 1 Mile barefoot 10:07
Tuesday 12/6 7.1 miles on local roads with an emphasis on hills. I tried to run this quickly in an attempt to jump start my fitness so that I can return to the local trails with some hill climbing strength, and without my breathing being too labored. total time: 51:19
Wednesday 12/7 1 mile through sleet/freezing rain (shorts were a bad idea) 7:29
Thursday 12/8 Broken shin loop, 5 miles 44:29
Friday 12/9 1 mile 8:29
Saturday 12/10 FINALLY my foot feels almost normal, for weeks, it had taken several steps after waking up for the tightness to go away, and even then, there would be a bit of lingering discomfort, but today, it feels like a regular foot again. 10.62 miles to, and around Schooley’s Mountain. This is one of my favorite trail systems to run, mostly because of its proximity to my house, and despite the fact that it’s roughly 2.8 miles of FLAT to and from the mountain, the trails on the actual mountain are rather unforgiving, requiring very steep ascent/descents, and very technical terrain. This run is by nature slow (my record on the course is somewhere in the high 1:4x:xx range, with an average run taking just shy of 2 hours. Saturdays time was 2:03:56, my longest run (time-wise) in weeks, perhaps a month.
Total: 29.4 miles 4h 39m
So I’m not quite “back” yet, but things are getting better, I spent some time with Mr. Foamy today after a short 4 mile trail run with Brian, and my foot is still a little tender, but runnable. I’ll probably stick with a lot of road running in the next few weeks, working on bio-mechanical efficiency, and trying to get my leg and cardiovascular strength up a few notches so that my more ambitious trail runs take less of a toll on me physically, especially with regard to my energy levels later in the day.
|MT 101’s ~260 miles|
|Ghetto Heel Drop (a la Krupicka?)|
|Some typical NJ trail|
|Allamuchy Sun 12/11 Photo courtesy of Brian James|
|More NJ trail… before my feet went through it|
|Ice and mud covered feet|
|When I got to the car, my shoelaces were frozen tied… So enter the shoe dryer|