On monday, I hit the gym again and set a new PR for the exercycle in my 30 minute bout. I hit 9.75 miles for a pace that converts to 19.5 mph. Had a little extra motivation because the chiropractor gym owner was standing behind me chatting to a few people for much of the ride. He is a douche who thinks he is a triathlete and runner who I beat a few years ago in his annual turkey trot, so I like to do anything I can to irritate him. Anyway, followed that up with the usual array of weight work. Today I went out to try again to do some jog intervals. Wasn't any better than saturday. The only difference was since I can't get past about 45 seconds before the knee pain gets bad, I just shortened the walk parts to about 15 or 20 seconds. Did this for about three miles. It was damn painful. Came home and returned a call to my friend BillyBob. He got the all clear on his bladder and kidneys, so no current cancer anywhere other than that minimal mesothelioma in his right lung. I told him that I didn't want to turn running, one of the most enjoyable activities of my life, into just an exercise in pain tolerance. So, I will back off for a bit and just try again later in the week to do the treadmill on crazy incline with less impact. This is either gonna be a very long return to running, or no return at all!
2 Mi 10:08 5:04 Pace 91' 5K 17:45 5:44 Pace 90' 4 Mi 23:20 5:52 Pace 90' 5 Mi 29:56 5:59 Pace 89' 10K 37:54 6:07 Pace 91' 15K 1:00:30 6:30 Pace 91' 1/2M 1:27:30 6:41 Pace 93' M 3:10:58 7:17 Pace 50Mi 8:22:50 10:03 Pace 94'
Just completed 40 years of running and racing distances from 1500 meters to 50 miles. After 4 back surgeries, surgeries to both feet, having my knee and ankle broken after being hit by a truck, and having had meniscus surgery in 2011, I have limited my competitive running to races I can complete in an hour or less. I think I have used up all 9 of my running lives, so I am hoping to stay injury free for a few more years! My goal now is to try and run 4 days a week with two days of quality work, and to supplement that with three days a week of weights and bike intervals at the gym. The Combination of Year/Kilometers (40 plus years and over 110,000 kilometers) have enjoyed their full effect on me orthopaedically.