Like I said, the running is going fairly well. After several weeks of running with lingering stinging/discomfort from the stress fracture, things suddenly clicked and I was running pain free. Since then I've been slowly adding a few miles a week and my longest runs are approaching double digits. I've even started to do some speedwork on the Seekonk track.
I ended up frigging up my wrist from all the planking I was doing - just another case of not listing to my body when I was doing sidearm planks. The wrist pain kept getting worse until even pushing myself up out of a chair induced sharp pain. Doc has me on an anti-inflammatory and wearing a real deal wrist brace. The brace defiantly helps and I think the wrist is slowly improving.
My planking shit the bed for a while, partly due to the wrist thing but mostly because I lost interest (lazy). I'm back at it now and the last few weeks I've had a good morning routine of either planks or my old friend the P90X Ab Ripper.
So there you go. I feel like I'm progressing nicely and I hope to be in decent shape for the Run with the Beavers race in a few weeks.
Monday - Charlestown, RI - 5.5 milesAb Ripper X (15 minutes)
I'm working from home on Mondays for a while which makes my life much more pleasant. Took the opportunity to head over to Carter Preserve at lunch. It was a steamer out there - over 80 degrees. The caterpillar infestation this year has been the worst in years and Carter Preserve has been demolished - no shade to speak of in the woods. The shrubs were bigger than usual as a result. The heat wore me out by the end but it was a satisfying trial run.
Tuesday - 0 miles5 minutes of planking
Wednesday - Seekonk, MA - 6 milesTrying to keep it Workout Wednesday so I went over to the Seekonk High School track for some 800s. Chris Fox ran by as I was warming up. Good to see him one last time as he's moving to Seattle in a week. It was another very hot day in the sun so I didn't push too hard but I went from 3:06 on the first to 3:00 flat on the fifth. Could have pushed them a bit more but I'm just getting back to the speedwork and plus it was miserably hot/humid out there.
Thursday - East Providence, RI - 3.1 milesAb Ripper X (15 minutes)
Work has been miserable lately and didn't want to leave the office for long. Plus my bad leg was achy - not from the stress fracture but the other side. This didn't worry me much and once I got out there it wasn't an issue. Ran along the river which is such a dump. If they cleaned it up it'd be a cool little area. Instead it's just garbage city.
Friday - Charlestown, RI - 7.5 miles7 minutes of planking (including new forearm PR - 5:01!)
I was working from home again so I decided on a loop through Browning Woods and DuVal. Felt pretty good and once I left Browning and hit the dirt roads I was moving pretty well. The sand pits are undergoing a change - they're building houses and a country club (golf course?!?) back in these woods and the dunes have been cleaned up. There was even a fire hydrant in the middle of it now. I'm not thrilled about all this new development but on the other hand people just dumped all their shit back there so I can't say it's a downgrade.
I kept the pace up all the way to the DuVal trail and once I hit the path I put in a solid effort to try to best my PR on the Strava segment there. I came up short by about 15 seconds but I'll take it. Then I took the roads back to my car. A funny sidenote after the fact - Jonny and I nearly ran into each other. A good motivating run to start the long weekend.
Saturday - Charlestown, RI - 4 milesWanted to get a short one in. Went over to Wood River Junction and did a few easy miles on the North/South trail. Mostly farmland and piney soft trails. Hot one out there.
Sunday - Charlestown, RI - 10 miles
For my longish effort I went over to Burlingame early morning. It was crisp and mid-50s. No bugs! I ran from the lot on King's Factory up Sammy C's and then took the trails to North Burlingame. Did a hilly loop and then ventured down to the water at North Camp. I stopped short of the beach when I saw a tent. Then it was Vin Gormley back to the car. I did a little backtracking to make it ten miles and the last mile was tough. I was tired and beginning to bonk. Still a good run overall and with no leg pain I'm happy.
Weekly Mileage: 36.1 miles
Year to Date: 409.9 miles
A good week of running! I'm feeling strong and the leg stings sometimes but never when I'm running. So far so good.