Sunday, May 21, 2017

Here we go down a long dark road.

Today is the Cleveland Marathon. Last year it snowed. This year, my wife encouraged me to take a brief, to see how it feels.

Distance: .85 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:13
Duration: 7:49
Route: One time around the clock

Did my stretches first, which is weird, because I never stretch before I run. Took it easy, or as easy as I could. Yes, the therapist told me to wait until after I saw him next, but the wife suggested I do this. And at the moment, the only thing that hurts are my knees. Odd

Temperature: 66°
Climate: cool, overcast, humid
Mood: all right

Last night the daughter and I walked home from the middle school, because there was no room in the car (not an interesting story why) and she was walking fast. She was exhausted from a day at Cedar Point, but she was trucking, and it was hard for me to keep up.

Metaphors, please. Go ahead. Hit me with your metaphors.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 169.5 lbs. (+5.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Yes and I gained five pounds in the past month. Not a big surprise there. Another five and I will be right back where I started. Is it necessary to run to keep my weight under control? It better not be.

What's That Lyric?
Do I Have To Talk You Into It? * - Spoon

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Physical therapy continues.

More exercises added last week. No less than twenty minutes spent stretch my back in the morning, and again at night, which is the kind of time I used to spend running.

Not sure how effective it is. It feels like there is no sciatic pain at all one day, the next there is irritation. The therapist asked I wait another week to see about the resumption of running.

You would be doing five miles your first tie out, he said, as though that's not obvious. But I was hoping to do the Pride Run on June 2. We shall see about that.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Physical therapy.

Last night I took a brisk walk around the soccer field but not for as long as I had planned. The exercises continue, and at my appointment a few days ago I neglected to ask the therapist if I could resume running, or if I should.

The girl is struggling to move up to peak performance after a lag time between futsal and soccer, and recuperation following a mild concussion. She has developed shin splints (we believe) but unlike previous injuries she is confidently making plans to work through it, with bandages and proper exercises.

This is my own concern. Should I attempt to plow through my pain? Ibuprofen helps, the exercises help. Actually, just not sitting so much for so often helps. I had shin splints when I first trained for a marathon, over ten years ago. It felt like running with a broken leg, which is much how the girl describes it.

I was running fast last winter, but through this pain. It seems stupid to continue, like I am only making it worse for myself. I wanted to apply for the 2018 New York Marathon, to run it when I turned fifty. Now I am not sure that can happen.

Thursday, May 04, 2017


Visited the physical therapist yesterday. Resuming a regimen of lower back pain exercises. My slipped disc may be a contributing factor to the sciatica, something out of place touching something else. I didn't get it, but whatever.

Yesterday I did the exercises in the morning, which made my sciatica act up throughout the day. Sitting through a play was murderous, and so was the play. But I dutifully did them again last thing last night, and again first thing this morning.

I had written every morning this week, but today we slept in a little, I did my exercises. It is frustrating when physical limitations get in the way of the work.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Please hold on running until they evaluate you."

Doctor's orders.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We're slow to acknowledge the knots in our laces.

Running once a week? Sure, whatever. Truth, the mornings have been occupied with reading plays, and that has been exciting. This weekend, however, has been nothing but suck, as I have had a headache the entire time. Hate, hate, hate headaches. Too obvious? Fucking hate them.

However, it does mean I have been resting my hip, and I suppose that is a good thing, too. The question is, does rest make a difference?

Distance: 2.40 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:56
Duration: 21:26
Route: Horizon Loop

That was unsatisfying. My head doesn't hurt, but I feel logy and slow. This run just made me feel tired and unbalanced. No idea what the future brings.

Temperature: 54°
Climate: cool
Mood: questionable.

What's That Lyric?
Heart It Races - Dr. Dog

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Run cold.

Life. Don't talk to me about life.
Now that the weather has turned warm (in Athens at least) I am aware of hydration much more, the moment I step out I feel dry. Yesterday I used gum ... I know, it's a danger. But it works so well, keeping my mouth moist, my throat comfortable, not to feel like gasping.

Distance: 3 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:11
Duration: 24:35
Route: Hocking River Bike Path

So, my back has been hurting on and off for a few months, like it did a few years back. But there is a straight line from where it hurts (left side) down my leg. Is it related to the sciatic? God, I need to see a doctor.

Last night was not a restful one, unlike the night before. A lot of tossing and turning, and my hip hurt. The run was challenging, pain all down my left side.

Jesus Christ, I sound like Marvin.

Temperature: 72°
Climate: partly cloudy, sun & light rain
Mood: all right

Running past the new (newish?) wastewater treatment center, I am reminded how much the odor of raw sewage reminds me of my tender pre-adolescent days, scrounging for pornography behind the tracks in the Westlake municipal dump.

O.U. Nostalgia Run
Birth, School, Work, Death - The Godfathers
The Beat(en) Generation * - The The
This Corrosion - The Sisters of Mercy
Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
The Feeling Begins - Peter Gabriel