This is a continuation of my 6 month follow-up post from an Achilles tendon tear last year. It’s now been one year. Things were going well until February this year. I had delayed getting into the strengthening I mentioned in that previous post… and it caught up with me. I strained a hamstring slightly in a workout (not even a speed workout either). Then I continued to train in preparation for the Ragnar Relay. I ran great at Ragnar – my 16 miles or so for three legs was run averaging around 6:15-6:20; with my last 5 mile leg screaming downhill. I was so pleased with how strong I ran with such limited training but that last push fried my hamstrings – both of them.
There is no doubt that my basic muscle strength (which I have long thought was minimal anyway) was lost over the past year. I took for granted exactly how strong I really was for a runner (even without any apparent muscle). I realized that I had gained a few pounds but worse yet my fat percentage was way up. The extra 10 pounds I gained was all fat… and I lost muscle. This of course is doubly bad since as we age there is a natural muscle loss. If we don’t use it we lose it. Well, I lost it.
Ok, so I have lost 5 of the pounds. I had my first full week of training this week after 12 weeks. During that time I averaged 10-15 miles per week – mostly 8-10 minute miles. I did a mile time trial last week in 5:47. That run seemed to kick start my recovery – my hamstrings made a quantum leap improvement the next day.
I committed to run the Lake Tahoe Relay and will need to run a 10 mile leg. That is in 2 weeks. My long run has only been 6 miles (last week). So, I’m going in just thinking – “finish this thing”.
Then, it becomes a summer of real rehab running. My son, Ryan, and I have committed to doing strength workouts (he is far more diligent than I on this topic). In August I will run the Hood-to-Coast Relay with Coach Joe.
Here’s hoping for a fun and progressively faster summer!
Before rumors get out: Last night at the track there was a pact signed by just about everyone in sight… we’re running the Tucson Marathon with the purpose of everyone qualifying for Boston. Yes, you read it right – “we”.