Thursday, May 31, 2012


Yup ouch is the word for it.  When I woke up yesterday I was all "Ouch.  Fuck, that hurts."  My knee was sore, my hip was sore, my legs were sore.  All three sets of glutes on my ass were sore.  So what did I do?  I decided to go for another run.  Oh yeah, I am SMRT, smart.  Because it was ouch some more.  When I first started I could feel all kinds of aches.  Not a big surprise, I used to feel like that even when I was running on a regular basis, that is just par for the course.  But usually when you run for a while things start to just kinda go away in the pain department and then you can concentrate on the other business, not dying because you are trying to suck in enough oxygen.  Well that didn't exactly happen.  a) My legs were saying, "Dude?  Hey dude, WTF are you doing?"  and, b) I didn't have to worry about sucking in oxygen because I wasn't running fast enough, or I practically live on sea level here and oxygen seems to be plentiful, not like when you live on top of a mountain.  And (this is the really smart part) I added another k to my distance.  Einstein I'm not.  Later on, after I had arrived home and hobbled around the house, I ended up wrapping my knee in ice because it had ballooned up to twice its normal size. 

This morning I woke up with a seriously sore ass, knee, and pretty much all the muscle groups holding my legs together.  I expected nothing less.  My knee is back to its regular size though.  I good sign.  My Achilles hates me.  And what else is new?  My Achilles always hates me.   But all in all things just seem to be about what a person who hasn't done any actual physical exercise in years should feel like.  What is that military acronym?  SNAFU.

I think I will take today off of running.  Let me rephrase that, I know I will take today off from running, my body would shut me down if I didn't.  Maybe I won't run tomorrow either, but definitely I will be doing this again soon.  Even though I was all, this sucks hugely, it just kinda feels right somehow.  Call me crazy but I think my brain (and body) have been seriously missing this torture.

Oh and I did a quick check on Run Nova Scotia, there are all kinds of races planned for this year.  There are lobster runs, how cool would that be?  Beat the tide on Fundy runs, man that sounds fun.  And sailing runs, history runs, and run/walk runs...sounds like my kind of run.  I see a few race tshirts in my future!



  1. Zilla's Other HalfMay 31, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Your brother basically stopped running because of his IT band. It doesn't seem to interfere with his biking prowess though. Would switching to biking relieve your knee and Achilles?

    1. Oh man I remember those ITB days, it used to kick me in the ass (or more technically the knee) when I did hills too fast! But knock on wood, pet a rabbit's foot, and say three hail Marys, I haven't had that issue in years. (Not hard seeing as I haven't run in a long, long time.) As for the nothing will help that, I just hobble on a regular basis. Thanks to baseball for that fun injury. As for my knee, I never had knee problems before, it actually started hurting when I started riding the bike again.

      I don't think any of the above is a real issue though. Don't mind me I'm just whining and whinging. Once I actually start getting back in shape they should just all sort of fade into the general background of achiness. I hope. Least wise that is what used to happen in my younger days.

    2. Zilla's Other HalfJune 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Knee and bike issues are almost always directly related to your seat being too high or too low. I can't remember which way my doc said it worked (he does Iron Man stuff so he knows) but if it's the front/top of your knee that hurts, the seat is too high/low and if the back of your knee hurts, it's the opposite. I'm sure that's investigateable online....

    3. Yeah that could be it, but it is a mountain bike and you usually have to have a different fit for it. Or it could just be that I am totally out of shape and have to go through the whole pain and gain thing.