Long time no post….

So, what has been happening. A lot, personally, has been happening, With running, not as much. Since 5 Peaks Devon a month ago I managed 7 runs, a couple of 5k and the longest 19k. I trying to maintain 2 runs a week and work on 3 runs, and work the stair machine and quads once a week. Aches and pains are normal, back issues slowly disappearing. It is more an issue of lack of will to go out and do it. I have time to train for Sinister, and I don’t know if I will do a race before that. I will concentrate on training, but if I have the itch I will sign up and race. Registration for Sinister is Dec 1.

Weight: 198.6

Back is getting better and I am running more

My back pain has changed. Was on the left, all of a sudden it is on the right now, in a slightly different area. New is always easier to fix than old, so there’s that. A week ago I managed to get 3 short runs in a week, not great but I have to start all over again. This week my only run may be the 5 Peaks Devon Enduro that I did today. Muddy trail run, finished 15k in 1hr 45min. 4th in my division. I need to do more, I’m not worried about injury or over training, so my issue seems to be time and will. I can handle 2 short runs and a long every week, as long as I put the weather out of my head. This weather sucks, I just have to dress warmer I guess. Today was a good race, I over dressed but was better than being cold, it was 1 deg. I could feel the needled areas from Friday for most of the run, and my knees tightened up near the end, but nothing lasting and I can do more.

I’m starting to run again

I have been getting 1 run in a week, Sundays. My longest was today, 20k. 9 weeks since Sinister and my lower back is still a problem. One spot is constantly tight, it can loosen up during the day but by next morning my hips won’t bend. My wife suggested I run longer than normal, my runs have been 10k, she suggested 20k, in the past the longer I went the looser my back became and less pain. Yup, that did it, after about 15k I could not feel my back at all. I had other pains from not running much, but I stretched those out along the way and finished my run. I think I am back at it, I want to start doing a couple more short runs a week. My plans so far is to do the River Valley Revenge 50k in January. I need to do some serious runs over the winter to keep my conditioning. I am looking at any Ultras in North America that I can run in April, something around 100k 2 months before Sinister. My ultimate goal is Sinister 7 Solo next year. I feel as long as it is not a wet year I can do it in 30 hours. If it is a wet year I can either do what I can and bail early if it is a problem, or just not run it at all and pick another race in August. I need to give that a tink.

I don’t know, the weather is getting me down

Like everyone else in Edmonton I fee we did not have a summer.  I can’t use that as an excuse for not running, I’m trying to put on more k’s.  I managed to get some runs in over the last 2 weeks.  5K Friday, 5 Peaks Chickacoo 13.8k, 10k Sunday, 10k the following Sunday.  My back is still an issue we have not resolved at physio.  I will keep on it.  I managed 2 trips to the gym this week, upper body and core mostly.  If I don’t run I should be doing something.  So, back at it, trying to run more.


Weight:  198.0

Hard to get started again

Didn’t make the runs I wanted to do.  Last Sunday was prepared to do a long run but I screwed my lower back up.  Was constantly sore for a week until Physio this last Friday, much better, I consider it fixed.  So, I ran 18k today.  Maybe a bit long, my back was tweaky around 15k.  I fully intend to do 5 Peaks at Chickacoo this Saturday, Enduro, 13.8k.  Should be fun. Forecast so far is for nice weather.  Al my other aches and pains appear to be gone, still tired in the afternoons, all my hormones are at normal levels, so I will keep plugging along and stop looking for a reason. I’ve been asked if I am training for anything.  In general I’m training to do Sinister Solo next year, but this year, maybe Rivers Edge. It’s late in the year and weather can be crappy, but I feel like doing it.

Weight:  195.8

So, now what?

I had physio, ran 10k on Sunday.  Feel generally fine, my left foot still has a small problem that gets worse the longer the distance, my right ankle and knee told me to take is slower on Sunday.  I would like to get a couple of 5’s in this week, try a longer one again on Sunday.  Here are some final pics of the race, the professional pics turned out great this year.

Weight: 194.8

1 week after Sinister, what’s up

The entire week my left foot has been bothering me.  Not during the race, not right after.  After 2 physio sessions it is much better, but now my right ankle is sore.  What gives?  And my right knee aches?  I’m mostly over the exhaustion.  There will be times where I “hit the wall”  and become sleepy tired in a second.  I’m still getting my system to adjust to food, seems I rattled my innerds a bit.  No running this week, considering a 5k on Wednesday, maybe a run on Sunday, though the 5 Peaks is on Saturday, I might do that.  Overall, things are looking up and I’m feeling better every day.

Sinister 7 done, so what happened

We arrived on Friday around 4pm.  Our team went to register and settle in at the orientation supper.  The take away was that this is the wettest race in the 12 years of doing it.  Awesome, we will run in the mud.  And we did.

Steph started with Leg 1, Louise boarded the bus to Leg 2.  They both finished in good time giving me as much extra as possible.  Shane totally expended himself on Leg 3, leaving the rest to me.

I started Leg 4 around 4:30 in the afternoon and it was a tough, slow climb up a mountain before heading west from Blairmore to past Coleman.  The weather was pretty good all around, except for the 30 minute downpour when I was running out in the open. At the transition I changed my shoes, socks, hat and shirt.  I wanted to do Leg 5 lite, so I kept my marathon pack on that had minimal room for anything but water and food.  Off I went for Leg 5 at 8:30.

Tough going with the mud and huge lakes of water on the trails.  At night you don’t see them until you are close, so I was constantly running from side to side to get around the water.  I managed to fall into one of the dirty ponds on the road, shorted out my main headlamp, used my spare not so bright light. I took longer than I expected, more exhaustion.  At this point, no injuries, no real pains actually.  Just tired legs. I came into the transition at 2:30 in the morning. It was hard to muster the drive to go on, but I was only half way, and I had time to walk it out.

After changing out my shirt to a warmer one, change my pack to my larger pack and changing my socks again I headed out on Leg 6.

The race organizers describe Leg 6 as “some of the most remote terrain on the course as they make their way to the evil climb north of Seven Sisters Mountain.”  And an evil climb it was. Climbing that elevation in the mud was brutal.  My legs were already tired, I was exhausted and my feet were getting sore from being wet for so long.  All I could think about was getting to the top, taking a picture, and running down the other side so I could do it without injury.  I did all that, but I had to push myself to do any running.  I managed to come in at 10:30.  I had cell coverage and texted my team how far I was away.  Based on that information my team calculated that I might not finish the last leg in the allotted time.  I wanted to finish what I started but there was a chance I might not do that.  Steph offered to run the last leg. I will always tell the story that Steph then ripped off his tear-away pants, grabbed a water bottle and tore up Leg 7.  In reality he already planned to run the leg just in case, and just removed his pants like a normal person, revealing his running shorts.  We finished in time, got the medal, got the picture.  My team came through again.

It is the day after the race, I have gone to physio and the podiatrist.  My legs are tight, I’m tired, my feet are a bit sore, but mechanically everything is good.

6 days to Sinister 7

Since my last post I ran a bit, not as much as maybe I should, but my paranoia over injury kept me off the trails. Last week Sunday I went for a 5 hour run.  Not so concerned about distance, just wanted to go until I was done.  And I did,  33.8k in 5 hours.  Ran from Rundle Park to Terwilligar, then headed towards 178st.  That is a long way.  I did a ton of walking, found I was tight and my back was a bit sore.  On Thursday I did a 5k, today 14.3k in the river valley.  I’m starting to get my gear together, don’t want to forget anything.  I will probably run 2 different camel packs, one is smaller and lighter and will use that for the first 2 legs.  I will need more gear when I climb the mountain on Leg 6, toque, warm shirt or vest, running poles, snowshoes.

I hope to get a good picture on this race, I plan to hand someone my phone when I make it to the top of the mountain to take a picture.

Weight: 197.8

Closer to Sinister, where am I at…

2 weeks since my last post, just didn’t have the time.  But I do now.

3 Sundays ago I did my first run after Blackfoot, a 10k.  Went well enough, wanted to test my legs and feet.  I stressed the right foot and physio didn’t really do much for it.  The Sunday after that I ran 25k with Steph and Louise in the River Valley.  Started at Emily Murphy and ran to Terwilligar.  Along the way we met Shane, our team was complete.  Steph cut his run to about 16k, we continued on, actually had our team meeting for Sinister.  The week after I ran a 5k on Wednesday and 10k Friday morning.  Great runs, much faster than I expected.  I don’t really look at my watch anymore when I do straight street runs, I run by feel.  This last Sunday I ran 30k, started at Hermitage Park.  Steph and Louise started with me, made it close to Dawson, they headed back for a hot 20k.  Heat, humidity, mosquitoes.  Good times.  Both Louise and I could not get wind and our legs were tired.  I pushed on to do 15k and back, finished a 30.2k.  I’m a little tight, sore in the aductors and lower back.  My right foot is a bit screwed, I have physio on Friday, hopefully he can see if there is a problem.  Different than the other foot pain, this is the outside of the foot and I have a big red spot there, like I hit something.  I just don’t recall what.

Next Sunday I would like to go out 4 hours, unless the weather is shitty.  Rain and mud are not necessary for training. I would like to start at Hermitage or Rundle and go until I am done, then call for a pickup. I would have 2 weeks to race, I can rest a bit with some lighter runs.

weight:  197.6