Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bucket list #22 - Done? Not applicable?

Several years ago I saw the movie Insomnia. I don't remember the whole plot, just that Al Pacino was trying to solve a murder in northern Alaska, but he was slowly losing his mind because he couldn't sleep when it never got dark. Other characters had no trouble sleeping through the "midnight sun." My reaction was "I should try that. I wonder if I could sleep or not." Natural response, yes?

Many years later, I flew from Newark to Hong Kong. I was curious of which route we'd take, whether we'd fly east or west. A route I never considered was north, but that's exactly what we did - we flew north over Greenland, over the Arctic Circle, then south through eastern Russia. Since I made the flight route in May and June, fairly close to the summer solstice, it was sunny the whole time, all 16 hours of it.

The flight attendants closed all the window blinds on the plane to keep it as dark as possible, but my body knew it was still daylight, and I managed about a 20-minute nap, even with the blinds closed and wearing an eye mask.

So I have the answer to the question raised by the movie, and if I stayed in that environment long enough, I would surely be like Pacino's character and slowly develop bloodshot eyes, and a diminshed mental ability.

Ergo, knowing I can't sleep when it never gets dark, I should cross #22 off my list because it was added to test a hypothesis. I'll leave it for now though. I want to visit every state and probably race in each one. Surely some town has a midnight sun race.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2 weeks done

Somehow week 2 of the Hansons program is already over and done with. The individual runs were exhausting, but overall, I feel fine, if a little tired. I started a new job that starts at 4am, which is obviously interfering with running because I can't run at 6 or 7 am, but at the same time, I can't wait until 7pm to start, especially not as the runs gets longer. Thankfully it's been relatively "cool" so I can go immediately after work before I crash and nap. Not sure what I'll do when the weekday runs get longer. Thankful for now that the first 4 or 5 weeks have fairly short prescribed runs.

Week 1 - 3, 3, 4

Week 2 - 2, 3, 3, 3, 4

Every run has been the recommended mileage, if not more. So far so good. No skipped or downgraded runs.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

I feel OLD!!!!

I've never really felt my age, certainly not as an adult. I know I have a birthday every year, I see my niece and nephew and students getting older, but I see myself exactly the same as I did when I started teaching in 2003. I abuse my body with my long runs and marathons. The entire Hansons training program beats up my body, but I've always recovered quickly and fairly painlessly. I regularly run within 3 or 4 days of a marathon, and I generally feel great. I'd never guess I'm closer to 40 than 30.

Then I fell on my tailbone.

And I suddenly feel OLD!!!! For the first time, my body didn't recover immediately. It's been a solid three weeks, and I'm STILL hurting.

The prognosis from what I've learned online is that the only remedy is rest and time. There's no need to see a medical doctor, because he/she can only confirm what I already know, and it's irrelevant if it's bruised or broken because the treatment is the same either way.

I went to yoga last Wednesday, thinking perhaps some deep stretching might help. It felt good for about an hour after. More significantly, when I mentioned my mishap to the teacher, she immediately asked if I'd talked to Dr. Ellen. I hadn't even thought about it until then. My very favorite yoga teacher is a chiropractor, and while I generally think they're unnecessary, perhaps even hokum, I've also never fallen on my tailbone with well over 100 pounds of force. I called the next day for an appointment.

Mom asked if I can defer Chicago. Yes, but I really don't want to. I already coughed up $185 to enter, and if I defer, I have to pay that AGAIN next year. Yes, I would be double paying. For now, I can run through it, and won't defer unless I'm in agony at the deferment deadline.

Fingers crossed for Ellen to crack something back in place, or do some sort of manipulation magic.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bruised :(

When I went to Vietnam, I figured I'd be fine health-wise. If anything would happen, I assumed it would be a mosquito-borne tropical disease. Yellow fever kept coming to mind.

Instead, I fell getting into a hammock the very first night. My bed had the consistency of a blue gym mat, so that wasn't helping matters any. Then I spent hours riding on the back of a scooter.

Several days later, my tailbone still feels bruised. It only bothers me when I sit on it, lay down on my back, or run. Last night, it felt better after a few ibuprofen, so I might try that again pre-run.

Dr. Google says the only real treatment is rest; ice and ibuprofen if they help, but it can take several weeks to heal.

What a pain :(

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A 16-day break

I haven't run since May 19th and I miss it!!!! Hal always says runners should take significant time off after a marathon, and I finally listened, although not just as a rest.

One of my former students had been inviting me to visit her family in Vietnam for the past 5 years, and everything worked out for me to do so this spring. It was an amazing experience, but there was no possible way I was running. When we were in the city, and there were sidewalks, it was 118 degrees. The other option was at her house, where it was "only" 100 degrees. She lived on a dirt road, with huge potholes and free roaming chickens. Neither option was good. Besides, it was just way too hot and humid. People didn't run there anyway.

Everything will be ok. I start training for Chicago next Wednesday, so I have several days to get back with the program. I thought today was running day, maybe it still is. I need to eat and assess my energy level after that.