Torture Report: Tripping, Exploring, Shoes, Ice, Ibuprofen and Good Causes

Last year, Swaggy J and I went to cheer on the runners at the 1-Day for KIA. We were inspired to say the least.



(G) 1-Day for KIA
The countdown is ON as race season kicks into über-high gear. Our next race is Saturday and I am using it as a long training day leading to the Outrun 24, which is less than 4 weeks away! Yikes 🙂
But this week we are focused on supporting a great, while somber, cause. We are running a 24-hour relay in support of 1-Day for K.I.A., which provides scholarships to fallen service members’ children to attend The Ohio State University.

We are not directly a military family but we all are served by those who serve and being an OSU Buckeye, who wouldn’t want a chance to run around the oval all day and, possibly, all night?
If you would like to know more, check out the 1-Day for KIA Facebook page here.

If you would like to donate directly to the Living Legacy Scholarship, click here.

OK while all of the above is important let’s get to why you really show up for the Torture Report.

Clearly not my new shoes 🙂


Fumbling Toward Recovery
I am notoriously not very coordinated. In fact, the only reason I can run is that, for the most part, it’s the same action over and over and over. I cannot, without fanfare and humiliation, get through Zumba, any kind of Step Class or Hip Hop Aerobics. It’s embarrassing and more than a little problematic.
Which is why when I tripped on a root/rock combo this weekend, nobody was surprised. What was surprising is that after 5-6 (but felt like 20) large, falling strides, downhill I might add, I managed to catch myself and not fall down. I did, however, need to take a moment as I felt like my hamstrings were now shortened to the length of a toothpick and my teeth seemed like they’d been loosened a bit.

But we made it to 10 miles and that was the goal for the taper weekend before the race.

Saturday morning Swaggy and I headed to the church of running, the Mecca of marathoning, sporting good store of delight, that’s right Front Runner! I tried on about 8 pairs of shoes and, shockingly, loved all but one. Did I buy 7 pairs? No. Did I think about it momentarily? Heck, yes! After all that, I have a couple pairs on order and hope they’ll be a good addiction… ahem I mean addition to my running gear.


Exploring New Parks
On Sunday, we headed out to find some new running terrain. We have our favorite nearby locations but it’s always good to shake things up. Or is it? We headed out to a park that shall remain nameless to protect the guilty. It was a mess from start to finish. The map displayed 7 plus continuous miles of unpaved trail. We found 1.4, roughly. There were literally 8 different bathrooms that we saw. All were closed. Awesome. So after 2 miles stumbling around and then needing to use a restroom because we did drive an hour to get there, we decided to venture out to civilization to a bathroom. Once out, we opted to head home. On our way back we stopped at a park we regularly run to get some additional miles in.
Nothing like a simple run in the park turning into nearly wetting your pants, being gone for 6 hours to run at 2 parks and not quite getting to 10 miles. It was a training day to be sure just a mental training day.

(L)  I have to admit that I am getting a little sad about not being able to attend the  Outrun this year.  The countdown, the fanfare, the taper, the blisters, the extreme torture…never mind, it was just a momentary thing.

I am happy to report that I am in my 4th week of Body for Life and up until the end of last week I have been feeling, as Tony the Tiger would say, GRRRRRREAT!


As I reported last week I really amped up the weights and I don’t know if it was the squats or the lunges, but my low back is really hurting. Not muscle pain, but the sacroiliac joint again.  Some mornings I can barely bend over.  I mean literally it feels like my back can’t move.  I should maybe go to the chiropractor, but I don’t want to for two reasons.

One, I really don’t like to go because it still kind of scares me.  In fact, I never know when a small yelp might come out(some consider it more of a yell) and that is not good for his business I guess?

And two, I already the know the drill.  He pops it back into place, I have to ice it 3 times/day (who has time for that), it gets worse before it gets better and I have to lay off everything for 2 weeks. That is not part of the plan folks.

So, I decided to do it my way for a bit and see how it goes.  I still trained 6 days last week, but I changed the exercises up so as not to aggravate my low back.  Although, I am pretty sure the running day did not help.

I ran this trail a last week and I am pretty sure that while I enjoyed it my back did not!

Sunday was my normal day off and then I decided to take Monday off and ice a lot.  It feels better, but by no means back to normal.  So, today I have to do Monday and Tuesday’s workouts.

I am on a roll and I refuse to let the fact that my back has decided to not participate derail me.

Ibuprofen, ice and sleep are my best friends right now.

Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G

The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Annie says:

    Glad your trip was far out, not far down….


    1. G (of Lowi & G) says:

      No kidding. Although since I am afraid of heights not usually much chance of me climbing high atop much.


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