I may have DNF but I found a new love

Trail running! B I love it! B While I may not have finished (my left knee gave up sometime around 25K) I learned a lot about trail running and just how different it is from road running (and I got a few blisters to prove it). B I stopped at 30K out of 50K since Tony was waiting for me in the cold to finish and I figured it would be a bit unfair for him to wait for me to limp run 12 more miles. B I’ll have a full (and by full I mean my 3/5ths of it) recap later.

Its been a rough week as my left knee decided to spoil all my running parties. B I thought I resolved all. B I had a great 7 miler (59:29 incl 3) during lunch onB WednesdayB but when I tried to add a few more miles my knee quit around mile 5 (45 incl 2). B I stayed off the running Thursday and Friday and instead did 10.5 miles each day on the elliptical (57 minutes).

Jack and I had a very productive week. B With my knee being crappy and the weather being cold, we watched 10 episodes of Ringer and 5 episodes of Gossip Girl.

While Jack enjoyed watching Buffy run around and play twins, he really kept hoping Spike would somehow make an appearance.

He was also very confused how Sarah Michelle Gellar just doesn’t age. B He’s pondering if maybe she herself is a vampire.

I also didB groceryB shopping for the first time in months, possibly since March. B Yea there’s no need to buy food when you work late. B However, now that I’m home early and I’ve run out of TV shows to watch I should probably work on improving my diet and cooking. B Although I think living off baby spinach, a protein and barley covered inB SrirachaB sauceB with lots of chocolate in between is an acceptable life style.

I can mix it with canned salmon (maybe all this time spent with Jack is changing my taste to catfood?)

Or tempeh! IB preferB cheesey tempeh! B Even if it means I need to drag the tempeh from Boston Wholefoods on the train back home.

The grocery store near my house that I use, devotes a whole aisle to hotdogs but does not seem to know what tempeh or tofu (aside from Boca burgers) is and that makes me sad. B =( At least they carry my giant bucket of organic baby spinach (only 4.29 this week!). B They also have aisles like this that are bigger than the whole fresh produce area. B Then we wonder why low-income families tend to be fat.

To be fair I am writing this while licking my spoon clean of ice cream. B However, sometimes when I’m at the store check out and I see what other people are buying to feed their children I want to go all Jamie Oliver on these fools.

Now that my fridge is stocked and I have no marathons in the next few months maybe I can resolve this whole knee issue. B I thought I was better once I got new shoes but the knee did not agree. B Luckily after this DNFed 50K all my next up coming races are half marathons and the issue seems to not arise until mile 12+ so I’ll survive.

Last time the issue came was in February on my right knee. B To phase out of it, I cut my running days to an alternating schedule. B I also took off the incline and stayed at a 1.5 incline level.

Now it’s my left knee. B I’m not sure what made it flare up (maybe my 20 miles of walking during 88 degree weather on marathon monday) but I’m going to up my stretching and up the foam rolling (I even sucked it up and purchased my own since there’s only 1 at the gym). B I’m going to embrace my cross training days and maybe just maybe this left knee pain will fade into a memory like my right knee pain.

3 thoughts on “I may have DNF but I found a new love”

  1. I have been thinking of letting my body have quite a few days off after Vermont. I am not having pains from an injury, I just feel really off. You really made the right decision in stopping yesterday though I am sure you weren’t happy to do it. I see an incredibly fast half marathon in your very near future!

  2. Sorry to hear about your knee troubles but it’s great that you love running despite that! I think you are on the right track with the cross training and foam rolling too – hope it gets better very soon!

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