Torture Report: Concrete Combat and Back on Track

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(G) It seems I like my running to be a lot like my feeding schedule: consistent and uninterrupted. Over the weekend, Swaggy J and I participated in our first-ever relay event. Our 2-person team covered 71.1 miles in just under 18 hours at The Ohio State University for 1 Day for the KIA.

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As a relay team, only one of us could be running at a time. It sounded great to have built-in rest periods but it turns out that was harder than you think. You would run for a few hours, then stop for a few while your team member ran so it’s hard to get a rhythm going and then once you did, it’s hard to get it back a few hours later.

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But the really mighty foe: Concrete.

After all these years running our tender toes on dirt, crushed stone, mud and even sand we’ve become delicate, little flowers. After 10 miles on concrete I felt like I’d been beaten with it instead of running on it. My hip was plaintiff from mile 1, my feet joined the chorus by mile 20 and then it got better. OK it didn’t get better but it stopped getting worse, which is like getting better when it comes to events like this.

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It was a great race, awesome volunteers, an amazing cause and Swaggy says he ate so well at the aid station he put on weight. And in 20 minutes after we got in the car to leave, we were home! I think that adds up to a return visit next year.
Next up on the spit is Outrun 24 in less than 3 weeks! That means the next two I am dialed in to training hard and honest — no cheating.
I am returning to the scene of the 50-mile crime of last year. Our version of Party of Five from last year has dwindled to a Party of Three but with Shakira and Swaggy, how can I go wrong?
Run Free, Run Far!

(L) My ice, ibuprofen and rest plan actually worked out.  By the end of last week my back started feeling markedly better. I was able to continue my weights and I walked rather than ran, but I still feel good about not quitting or postponing my workout for a week.  In fact, Saturday I had a lot going on but I still was able to get my workout in.

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Yesterday, I was able to continue full force with my weight training with a few changes to what I think may have caused the back issues in the first place.  No more squatting with the Olympic bar until I know my back can handle it.  I will just continue to use free weights until I feel no more catches in my back.

Then one issue I am having is the eating plan. It’s been a little… okay, a lot stressful around here and I just find myself eating for no apparent reason!  Why must I sabotage myself after working out?  It’s insanity.  So, this week I am really going to try hard to stick to the plan.  It’s hard to eat protein when all you want to do is dive into a bowl of chocolate!

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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.

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