Wednesday, February 28, 2007

On the Shelf

After a good race and finally starting to feel strong, the inevitable happens: injury. While doing a speedwork sesson on the treadmill (2 x (4 x 800), I started to feel a burning sensation on my right Achilles. Having been there before, I backed it off and ended the workout early, hoping that it was just rubbing on my ankle from my shoes. No such luck at the next day it was pretty sore, and proceeded to remain sore. I took Wed - Fri off from running and hit the treadmill on Saturday to test it. I was able to do four miles, but it was still sore. Of course, I went to the long run on Sunday, which left from Hopkinton with the BAA. I was really solid for 9 miles, and then it started to bother me again, so I shut it down.

No more running for a few days. I'll hit the bike and the pool instead. One of the good things about doing triathlons is cross-training. If one this is hurt, then you have two more things you can be doing.
Achilles Tedonitis can be a real bear to get rid of it is progresses too far. Soft tissue injuries in general can be difficult to get rid of. So, it is better to address them early than delay them and be on the shelf for a longer period of time.

Some good websites for Achilles Tedonitis:

Sunday, February 18, 2007

2007 Racing Season Begins - Old Fashion 10 Miler

I can say that for once in a long time I was pleasantly surprised with my race results. I went into the race with zero expectations, other than trying to get a good, long workout. It was nice to go to a race where all I had to do was run. No biking, so swimming, no equipment that could fail, no chance of drowning or crashing. Just a matter of lacing up the shoes (or tighting the zip laces) and off you go.

This is a pretty nice race course, one that we could count as "fair", meaning not overly simple. There are a good number of rolling hills along with two good size hills. But, there is a long straight finish that one (not me) could use to really sprint down. I have done this course a number of times now, as it is one of the BAA runs that most of the club turns out.

I always end up going out too fast, especially here since it is a downhill-ish start. I went through the first mile at 6:08, which was fast, but what I expected. I figured I would just roll out the miles until I fried. To make matters more complicated, I had forgotten my heart rate strap due to a last second bag switch before leaving home. But, I did have the GPS on, which helped to check my pace.

One of the things about a race like this, it is not about getting faster but not slowing down. Oddly enough, I got faster. I went through the first five miles at around 30:40. This put me at a 6:08 pace, which was consistent (which made me very happy). My legs continued to feel strong throughout the race, and I kept passing people that had passed me initially. I was able to keep this up throughout the race, finishing strong in 1:00:28 (6:03/mile pace). This means that I did the second half in 29:50. This was pretty startling, but I'll attribute it to some pretty fast downhill miles.

I don't know what this says for Boston. Probably not much. Too much time has to past between now and then. Two weeks from now is another race, Stu's 30k, and that will add another piece to the puzzle. But, even if all the pieces come together, it doesn't mean that the picture is what you want it to be.