Torture Report: Focus, Detox and Determination

(G): Last week I told you I was going to double down on strength, flexibility, rehab and my diet while I am not running.
I did and it made a big difference in my attitude. I felt much happier with an intense workout of another sort and a renewed focus.
I worked hard and being tired was not a good enough excuse to skip a workout even though I wanted to. Then I went to Tennessee for the weekend and most of my good habits were hit with a serious pause.

We drove for about 8 hours on Friday to arrive in Wartrace, TN for a race John did on Saturday.

I did manage to get some rehab exercises in once we arrived around 8 p.m. but I was pretty tired. Saturday I stretched at aid stations but crewing for a race is surprisingly more work than you’d think. By the time John finished at just under 10 hours and we drove 90 minutes to Chattanooga I was exhausted.

The real collapse of my newfound focus was on Sunday. It was John’s birthday, so we had a great brunch, which was fairly healthy and even if it wasn’t it was so good I don’t even feel guilty. If you find yourself in the Chattanooga area, go to Sluggo’s. I insist.

The serious, collossal breakdown hit when we wandered into the Brewhaus. We had beer, of course, and veggie brats with slaw and fries. We walked around for a while after, which wasn’t nearly enough to burn off what I had consumed and then had more beer and snacks because it was a birthday!!!

I should’ve known I was in trouble upon entering the Brewhaus. I met Tom Brady, the St. Bernard, and I was totally distracted from there.

Basically, I ate like I would the day after an ultra only — I didn’t run an ultra I had just watched one and drove around a lot.


Yesterday, we drove home and in a 7-hour trip you need snacks so again I ate chips, pretzels and some Chipotle.

Today, it’s back on track and possibly a detox is in order after all that consumption. Even more exciting is that Wednesday I have my gait analysis and hopefully am one step closer to running.

(L):  If you will recall, last week I was singing praises because I was finally pain free.  I told you that I was going to try to start running if all went well.  On Wednesday I got a text from one of my running partners, Melissa, asking if  I wanted to run on Friday morning.

She said, “I could painfully run on Friday.”

I replied, “painfully or probably?”

She decided it would most likely be both as neither of us had been running.

I am happy to report that on Friday we ran /walked 3 miles.  I stretched for about 20 minutes prior to my scheduled run.  I find that downward dog along with some other yoga moves that I can’t remember the names of really help loosen and lengthen my back muscles. I was a little apprehensive as I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it felt so good to be running again.  At about mile 2 I started to feel some tightness in my back, but not pain so I continued on. Once I got home I went back to the mat and stretched again.  I followed it up with some ice and I felt great.   By Saturday, I had some soreness in my legs, but that was just my body wondering what I was up to after all the rest and relaxation I had given it.

Melissa and I decided to run 5 miles on Sunday since our Friday run had gone so well.  Okay, the reality is we want to run the Slacker half-marathon on June 24th and once again we are down to the wire.  We need to train and quickly.

So, on Sunday we met at the trail at 6:30am for a 5-mile run.  It was perfect running weather and there were lots of opportunities for photos since we weren’t breaking any speed records.

Melissa still trying to get the perfect photo of Pikes Peak after all these years.

We have just under 7 weeks to train for 13.1 miles.  This will be my 5th year in a row to run the Slacker so I don’t want to miss it. However, I have promised myself that taking care of my back is the priority.  I am cautiously optimistic and stubbornly determined after this weekend.  I am going to continue training and by next week I should have a better idea of how how my back is holding up.

Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G

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