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“It’s an honor to hit the wall… If you hit the wall you know you gave it everything.” – Lauren Fleshman

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A bad wind blows my run

I feel so good. Wait, no I don't.
Today's run (street): 3.7 miles
Yesterday's run (street): 3.2 miles
Last Sunday's run (Street): 4.3 miles

As I made my way around my neighborhood this morning, my experience alternated from pleasant to tortuous. It all depended on the direction I was running. As I ran I thought of the song "I Feel So Good" by Richard Thompson that toggles cleverly between nice and nasty. With a 25° temperature as a starting point, and wind making it feel like 17° outside, I prepared for the worst.

I don't know why my face has become so sensitive to the cold this season. I can bundle up for really cold conditions, but unless I wear a balaclava I still have to deal with face freeze. Getting through the first mile was a challenge today and I wished I'd wore the bandito buff that KWL gave me last year. I briefly considered heading home and running indoors, but I figured that only half my run would be into the wind and I'd eventually warm up. I did, but it took a while. With the wind to my back, my running was a pleasure. When it wasn't, it was a pain.

Speaking of pain, I've been dealing with a heel problem with my left foot that may be a form of Plantar Fasciitis. On the advice of KWL I've temporarily switched from my low, flat NB Zante 2's to my well padded Saucony Triumph ISOs that have a more pronounced drop between the heel and forefoot. I think that helped minimize my pain on the run. It also feels a little better after running. I hope it's just an inflammation of the fascia and not something more concerning, like a hairline fracture or a heel spur.

My runs today and Friday were pretty slow. Pre-September slow in fact. I'm not concerned that I'm   backsliding, but it's frustrating in light of gains I'd made during the last three months of 2016. I was running more than 2 minutes per mile faster compared to what I averaged in late summer. I'll conveniently blame today's mediocre performance on wearing too many layers and all that wind resistance. Plus my heel pain and the cold. Let's see how tomorrow goes. I really hope I feel so good.

10 comments:

  1. Cold, wind, plantar fasciitis = bad run. Where is the KT Tape?

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    1. Unfortunately I'm not a Certified Personal Trainer/Exercise Fitness Specialist/Elite Trainer. So the only tape I have in my house is Scotch, Duct or electrical.

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  2. Oh, and I have no idea who Richard Thompson is (that name sounds made up) and never heard of that song. Is it a Chaka Khan remake or judging by the picture, some weird folksy children's ditty from 1973 that never quite made it past the Plainview Library's Mommy and Me B Side

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    1. Interesting that you and our new president like to attack things that you don't understand. RT is a legend and that song is awesome. You may not like his music because it's not a bunch of atonal depressive dirges like Turd Jam. If you even bothered to listen to the song you will realize it isn't Mommy and Me material. Also Steely Dan is great. Can't say that often enough.

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    2. Steely Dan? Worst. Band. Ever.

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    3. Okay Mr (or Ms) taste, why don't you kick back, grab a Miller Lite and listen to Nickelback on your MP3 player.

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    4. Drinking a Bitburger and last music I played was the clash. But nice try.

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    5. The Clash is great and Bitburger is marginally better than average. People of taste prefer Weihenstephaner. And of course, Steely Dan.

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  3. But you were listening to Richard Thompson and that is a win!

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    1. Thank you Wendy. You clearly have taste and sophistication. She Is Out Running probably believes that Duran Duran produced the greatest music of the 20th century.

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