for a couple of months, i’ve had an on-going issue with my hip flexor muscle. it was not happy and letting me know which was cramping my running style. normally, when you run into a repetitive stress issues you try to take some time off. i tried. really, i did. i resolved to take a month or more off from running but the reality was that i’d take a week or so off and go for a run and realize it was the wrong decision.
turns out my “just so story” is that the problem wasn’t so much a repetitive stress problem with my hip flexor, but rather that i put 500 miles on running shoes which was too many. for reasons that a sports physiologist can better explain, putting too many miles on my shoes caused my calves to tighten, which led to running just a wee bit flat-footed, which led to my irritated hip flexor muscle.
new shoes, running a little slower, focusing on my form and working on loosening my calves has worked wonders. i ran first 12 mile run in months. felt great! whooooooooo!
many people have different opinions about when the best time is to switch out shoes. over thousands of miles of running, 300 miles seems like best time for me. i can get away with 400 miles, but 500 is too many.
hopefully i don’t forget that. again
if you’re a runner, how many miles to you put on your shoes?
going through old papers and pleased to see the article kris and i wrote with photo I took at altoona tournament was eventually published in our local newspaper a few weeks after we submitted it.
our second published story of the season!
no cribbage board behind the bar will not stop cribbage from being played. or me from losing to kris.
christmas tree and regalia still up. regulation hockey net present assembled in the sunroom. MOM ALWAYS SAID DON’T PLAY HOCKEY IN THE HOUSE #not
no, i’m not going to do all running selfies for the “365 project” but, whoooweee, this is a new low in more ways than one. 5 miles. -8°F actual. -27°F windchill. Probably -32-35°F windchill when factoring in 7mph running speed. it’s hard to see in photo but my eyelashes developing significant icicle buildup.
without a doubt this is the coldest run i’ve ever done. for gear, i threw on thermal underwear under my running pants, 3 long sleeve running shirts under my winter running coat, 2 pairs of socks, 3 gloves ( 2 running gloves and a pair of “regular” cold weather gloves ), a balaclava and a cold weather running hat. at these temps, i’m solidly in the skin freezes in 30 minutes zone, so i’m a bit paranoid about unintentionally exposed skin.
all things considered, the run felt good but -30°F windchill is my new low, brutal limit. probably not going to run if it gets any colder
i don’t know why i do this. i guess it’s the challenge. at the very least, it’ll make running in 0°F weather feel balmy.
5 mile run at 7mph in 5°F temps and 15-20mph winds = -18°F windchill. right on the border of exposed skin freezing in 30 minutes! good thing my hot breath in warming my exposed eyes.
might possibly be one of the coldest runs i’ve done, though i’ve ended with larger eyelash icicles
you’re old if you get the dunkin donuts reference. for odin’s classmates when he celebrates HIS HALF BIRTHDAY. soon to be chocolate covered.
someday i’ll post the recipe.
i confess i always wish he’d get a penalty when I’m in the box to open and close the door for players. I love doing it because it offers a great view of the game. odin is number 74, skating by in the center of the photo.
his team easily beat wisconsin dells, 14-0, and are looking unstoppable. lots of passing got viroqua 38 shots on goal!
with the shortened days, normally chickens stop laying eggs in november and go into molt. but nobody told The Girls. so, yay, we’re still getting fresh eggs!
they are so funny when i open the side nesting box. it’s like i’ve created a whole new and interesting world. every. single. time.
she could run forever. longest one so far. she and i could easily have gone 13 miles.
i’ve been having some hip flexor issues and if i feel fine in the morning, i’m going to be cautiously optimistic that i’ve worked through it.