Back in the Game

For most of November and December I was dealing with knee pain coming from an IT Band issue. Essentially, my glutes and hips are really weak (as is common in a lot of distance runners), and I was starting to feel the effects. I did 6 weeks of 2X/week PT work at Marshbrook Rehab in Somersworth, NH and I’m back in the game!

This week has been a mix of awesome trails, cold road runs, and some time spent running with the pups. After being on the injured list for so long, I’m having a hard time keeping myself under control and building up miles slowly. I feel good so I want to GO GO GO. Luckily, my training plan is written to create a slow build, so that’s what I’m sticking to.

Some highlights from the past week or so:

What should have been a 6 mile trail run in York, ME on New Year’s Day with some friends turned into a 12.7 mile death march because of a little mishap I had with reading a trail map. We were learning new trails, so some wrong turns are bound to happen, I guess. Starting 2017 with an adventure isn’t the worst thing! Luckily my friends are an adventurous, forgiving group of wackos.

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I got a chance to run with Tulah and Zorro in Kingman Farm for some nice slow recovery miles on a beautiful 35 degree afternoon. I love mild temperatures in the winter. If it never went below 30, I’d be a winter girl all the way.  As usual, Tulah could have run forever and Zorro stopped to pee and lay down on the trail about 10 times per mile.

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To round out the week, I got to do a great early morning trail run in Strafford, NH with some of my ultrarunning friends and VT100 pacers. We even had a Wirehaired Vizsla named Zomen join in on our 8 miler through snowmobile trails on a very, very cold day. I love that even on a day with a “real feel” of -7 degrees, there are still four other runners out there ready to tackle some miles.  I followed this run up with a huge brunch and then a 5 mile hike. Sometimes you have to spend an entire day outside and eating.

Weekly mileage: 33mi running, 10.6mi walking/hiking

Time on feet: 9hr 53 minutes

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