Friday, September 20, 2013

Injury Update

A few readers have asked, offline, what kind of injury I am grappling with and what kind of rehab I am doing so, here's the scoop:

After all the soreness from WS wore off I had a severe stabbing pain that was lingering on my left hamstring.  The pain was high up the back of my leg and often radiated up into my glutes and groin.  It also was kind of a clenching pain that hurt more as I extended my leg or attempted to run fast downhill.  Most of the time the pain was centered at the attachment point of my hamstring and butt muscle.

In late July I finally went the doctor and he took an x-ray which showed, in his words, "A very impressive bone spur" in my left hip.  Turns out the degeneration in my left hip over two decades has caused me to put an extraordinary load on my hamstring/glute and after WS it just said, "Enough!"

So, first thing I did after going to physical therapy was to buy one of those big, heavy thick rubber bands.  The stretch I do daily is intended to pull my hip backward and free up the damaged tissues.  Over time, they should heal.  Also, I have been getting weekly massage treatments on my leg from a licensed orthopedic massage therapist (her name is Kim Coslett and she is amazing).  Those treatments, combined with the rubber band stretches and some snake oil have enabled me to get back to running 30-40 miles a week.

Time will tell when/if I can go longer.

I love getting old!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Slow Road back

I went to my doctor yesterday for a follow-up on my hip/hamstring injury and he told me, "Now you know what we mean when we say 'hamstrung'"

In short, I jacked myself up pretty good at WS back in June and have developed pretty extensive tissue damage caused by years of bad form, over-doing it in training, and general stubbornness.  Now, I am working to get back at it in time to get ready for my WS build-up which typically begins in January. Like last year, it's gonna be close.  But, 35 miles per week at 8:45 pace never felt so good!

What 18 years of running ultras has taught me is that we really only have so many hard miles in our legs so we need to use them sparingly.  I used to run 4 100s a year without blinking an eye.  Now, just a few years later, one 100 a year is about all I can do.  But, at least I can do one!  I wouldn't trade running WS for just about anything in the world and my experience at WS 2013 was by best one yet.  With patience, fortitude, and a bit of stubborn resolve I look forward to making it back to Squaw for one last go at it next June.  I can tell you right now that if I do make it to that line it will be the highlight of my year.

You can follow that journey here!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A couple old-school bad asses

Last weekend Ann came back and ran a 100-miler in Idaho.  Can we get Kyle back?  He'd be quite welcome!

AJWs Blog 2.0

One of the reasons I discontinued this blog two years ago was due to frustration with the increasingly negative tone that the discussions were taking. However, over the past six months I have observed more negativity than ever on the ultrarunning interwebs and I have become frustrated. It is my hope that by resurrecting AJWs blog and writing occasional posts here (to complement my Friday column on irunfar) we can work together to heal some of the wounds that have emerged in the sport and grow together while maintaining the shared values that make us strong.

Craig Thornley wrote a nice piece this morning on his blog.

And, the resurrection of AJWs Blog 2.0 would not be complete without a weekly poll.

Time to Blog Again

For a variety of reasons I've decided to resurrent my blog after a couple years off. I am still going to write AJWs Taproom every Friday on irunfar but I thought it would be fun to bring this old friend back.