Miles:
2760 total / 0 in 2018
Goal:

New goal for 2013: Get healthy (currently rehabbing ITBS), STAY healthy, and train consistently all year long w/o any more injuries. Oh, and have fun too!!

Brad P. ran: Great long run today,...

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  • 10 miles
  • 01:30 time
  • 09:25 pace
  • 1063 calories
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  • 557 ft climb
  • 160 max hr
  • 150 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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Regaining my confidence 9.55 mi 01:30 09:25 pace

Great long run today, and the longest run I've done in a long time since beginning ITBS rehab in January. I was able to get back to the M6 & Wing-street trails today, which is one of my usual long run routes but I couldn't hit it a few weeks ago due to being totally covered with ice crusted snow.

I tried to keep this one easy, but I didn't beat myself up over being super strict on my usual 145 bpm aerobic threshold. I figured I would just cruise along at what felt like a comfortable pace, and if this got me into the low 150s, so be it. My main goal today was to continue testing out my ITB and knee soreness that I have been struggling with for the last 2 months. I am happy to report that my left knee/ITB was fantastic today and felt perfect. My right had a few sore spots in the knee a couple times but for the most part was also pain free.

Ironically, I was only about 2 miles from being home/done and my stinking calf tweaked up on me!! Isn't that just how it goes? One problematic body part starts feeling good, only for another one to "spring a leak"! This run is the longest I have done yet in the Karhu Flow 3s, and they are a much less cushioned shoe as well as a lower drop than my normal trainers. I've been using them for all of my regular length runs w/o problem so I thought today would be fine too. I might need to hold off on these for long runs for a while, though, as I was cruising down the backside of a hill and all of a sudden my right calf tightened up and got that "I'm about to blow out on you" feeling. I ended up needing to stop and stretch it out, which helped a ton so that I could make it the rest of the way home w/o too much soreness or pain. I may have to go back to my Launches or Precision 13s for longer stuff for a while.

Even with the calf issue, I am very happy with this run and starting to feel a lot better about my running and the hopes of "returning to normal"!!

Followed the run with stretching (especially the calf) and a few set of pushups.

  • Rob R.
    Rob R.

    Nice confidence boosting run Brad! Too bad you got the calf flare up, but I agree your shoe choice might be the culprit. Having the ITB issue behind you hopefully will have you moving forward.

    about 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Rob L.
    Rob L.

    Nice to see you got to mostly enjoy this one. I agree with Rob. It could just have been the shoe. Good to see a nice long run with no ITB flare ups. Great run.

    about 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Marcie M.
    Marcie M.

    Great long run Brad! Sorry about the calf--yes, it may be shoe related. But you have learned a lot about your body over this rehab process so I know you will be smart and do what you need to do. Really good to see this kind of distance again--and I know you really appreciate it.

    about 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott S.
    Scott S.

    Welcome back to the world of running bro! Glad to hear it basically went ok. I know exactly what you mean about uncooperative body parts! My foot has had me sidelined for a few days...Argh!

    about 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Sarah G.
    Sarah G.

    Strong miles, Brad! I hope the calf isn't any big issue.

    about 5 years ago Like1 person