"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Uh-Oh ... I Might "Kneed" More Recovery!

A funny thing happened on my first post-race run. The pain in my left knee, which during the race was on the outside of the knee--I really thought it was IT Band--moved to the inside of the knee and I have no clue what it is. What I do know is that it has been just over two weeks since Hatfield-McCoy and I had hoped to be back into the training plan for the fall starting today.

The bright side is that I have now had three sessions of aqua jogging to maintain some semblance of running shape. If you haven't tried this, it's really a pretty good exercise, albeit even more boring than a treadmill. Simply grab one of those swim belts, buckle around the waist, jump in and start running. You'll be surprised that your running motion can actually propel you forward in pool. You will definitely not be moving at Michael Phelps-like pace, but keep turning those legs over and you might just cover half a pool length in less than two minutes! Oh, and half the pool, especially at the Y, as it sort of defeats the purpose when you can touch the bottom. So you turn around and head back to the deep end. Keep that up for 30-45 minutes and you'll feel it the next day--in the muscles, but not at all in the knees. It's a great "no-impact" exercise.

Ok, so we'll see what happens. I do sort of think stress fracture, and if that's the case, I'll probably need about three-to-four more weeks. Not ideal, but not the end of the world. The worst part is the training plan for Indy. It's likely that I will need to pull away from any thoughts of BQ if I can't get at speed work soon, but you just never know. Of course, if I don't push away from the training table a little more, I can forget about BQ this year anyway.

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