Its been 2 weeks since the last post. But if there’s no jogging, there’s no blogging. For a month, I’ve been struggling with the shin splints from hell (it might be more than just splints, who knows). Its a struggle going down the subway stairs the day after a run. I’ve been applying the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) method while wearing calf compression sleeves but it never heals 100%. It’s been the same routine for the past 2 weeks: 6 days no running, kung-fu cross training on Wednesdays, run 11-12 miles on Sunday, the pain returns. Ugh. I’ve come to the conclusion that I overpronate slightly (big toe contacts the ground, other toes hardly do) and my new running sneakers (Mizuno Waverunners 16) are not preventing me from doing so. Going back to the Waverunner 15 sneakers from last year is my only hope.
Why did I run these past 2 Sundays? Well, I raced.
Off to the races:
City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks 4 Miler @ Central Park
April 21st, 2013. 37 degrees (cold for spring)
Results: 7:56 pace, 1605 place, 74% percentile, (C)
This one was dedicated to Boston. Most runners either wore the “I run for Boston” back bibs or the Boston shirts. We all had a moment of silence prior to the race. New York City knows all about going through such events. After an emotional Star Spangled banner, it was race time. My legs felt great until running 7:30 speed at mile 2. Damn, just when I thought my legs were totally cured. I’m surprised I pulled off a sub-8 pace overall though.
So, a choice had to made since 4 miles did not satisfy me. Take the subway home or … run home. My right calf wasn’t doing so well after the race so I decided to just run across the Queens borough bridge as an experiment. Once in Queens, my legs weren’t that bad. Perhaps running home is a possibility after all. “Home” was only a straight 10K down Queens Blvd. How could a wolf resist? There is nothing like the feeling of running freely in the streets. The mind is totally at peace and relaxed as you gaze forward and pass neighborhoods by, while the body is exhausted and calfs feel like they will explode. So yea, I got high on running followed by a shin splint hangover. And just like an addict, I did it again a week later.
Off to the races – 2:
Run as One 4 Miler @ Central Park
April 28th, 2013. 55 degrees (and reached 70 in a few hours)
Results: 8:26 pace, 2488 place, 65% percentile, (D)
It was the same ol loop around Central Park followed by the same route home. The main difference was the 70 degree weather. A nice sunny day, and a sweaty Jon. Its time to get used to running in the hotter weather and hydrating more often.
Not much to report unfortunately
|Apr 21 Sunday||6.47||8:28||After taking 6 days off and shin splints|
|Apr 28 Sunday||6.26||9:15||Yikes, its time to change those sneakers|
Speed Jams (tunes to run that sub 8 min/mile pace):
I find that Dancehall Reggae can have the ideal number of beats per minute for my running rhythm (170-180 bpm). A “riddim” is a compilation of songs by various reggae artists to a particular instrumental background. Here are quite a few taken from my Spotify list:
- Liquid riddim, Diwali riddim, Bookshelf riddim, Buzz riddim
- Love Salute riddim, Peenie Wallie riddim, Bubble up riddim, Contra riddim
- Full Charge riddim , Over proof (Soca) riddim, Street Swag riddim, Winnings riddim
Injuries suck so bad. If you run, then you risk further injury. If you don’t run, you risk fitness and performance. So frustrating. The infamous NYRR Brooklyn Half marathon is in 3 weeks. My winter training is starting to suffer due to all this time off during April. All I wanted was a 1:50:00 half marathon. The chances of that happening are slim. Additionally, NYC marathon training starts right after. Perhaps I’m lucky that the injuries occurred now and not in October.