Running is still stalled out, or so as far as I can tell. I haven’t dared to try with the exception of a few miles each week. And when I do go out, the second I feel a tinge of pain, I head home.
Instead of running, I’ve been putting in my time on the stationary bike, which isn’t great. It makes your hamstrings feel weird. I guess the positive is that I can watch shows on my kindle while I do it. That’s much harder to do while running.
At this point, I’m coming to terms that my overall fitness level is screwed. I’ve just go to wait this out, and build up again. Luckily, I never got that high to begin with.
Form or Function
I have taken this opportunity to obsess about my form to any unhealthy degree.
Currently, I’m fixated on the idea that my toes don’t point straight ahead when I run. I was wearing my new trail shoes for fun the other day (I said to break them it, but it was really just for fun), and I noticed that my left foot juts slightly to the left. Is this the cause of my down fall?
I then made the horrific mistake of filming myself on the treadmill. This misstep (forgive the pun) has just about ruined me on running for the rest of my life.
We have this idea of how we look while running. I’m thinking Gazellish: sleek, fast. Nope, I just look middle-aged man hoofing down the road. Disappointing.
To be more critical, I guess the salient take away from my video is that I was indeed pointing my toes out. More on my left than my right. The funny thing is that it looks like my knees are going straight forward? I don’t know what to make of any of this, really.
I’ve been walking around trying to self correct, (as I apparently do this is regularly walking life too) but it feels strange. I’ve also been doing weird theraband (really just a bungee cord) things to force my foot into position. (Another bad idea).
But if I think about it, I’ve run hundreds of miles like this? Is it so wrong to jut out. Will I get more injured trying to point them forward? Probably.
These are the conundrums I’m dealing with. This is the black hole that small injuries lead to.
In other news, I bought one of those IT straps that you put above your knee. I’ll be honest, I have absolutely no idea how something like this could work. Physiologically, it seems questionable. But people swear by them?
The amazon reviews were really positive?
Don’t get me wrong. I’ll be stoked if it works. I just don’t understand how it ever will. Hopefully with the ~0 volume for 5 weeks combined with this strap, I’ll be back in business in a short while.
Goal no mo
Strava tells me as of today I’m running 89 miles behind my yearly goal of 1200. It was supposed to be 100 a month, but Feb is a loss. March probably too.
I still think there’s hope, and that I can pull it out, but I’m going to have to hit it harder in the 2nd half of the year. Luckily, that’s really when all the races I want to run are.
Of course, I don’t want to hit anything too hard, lest I fuck my old man body up again.
Until then, I’ll keep doing my hip strengtheners. I use the Strength Running guy’s protocol now.
The good news is that this lull in running has really freed me up to focus on my language learning. I’m all in on speaking in the Spanish world. I’ve been running through the drills of the FSI basic course. It’s a little mind numbing, but I feel like it’s effective.
In all honesty, I think I stalled in the passive learning stage of my Spanish studies for too long. It was just easier to listen to podcasts, watch movies and read then actually find someone or thing to talk too.
Hopefully, after I complete this course, I’ll move on to online tutors.
I’ve also started dabbling in French. I thought Italian was going to be next, and I even gave it a try, but the real is that it was just too close to Spanish.
I also had some French in college, so it makes sense to build on it.
I’ve downloaded a frequency list of words in my Anki, as well as purchased Fluent-Forever’s French pronunciation trainer. I’ve also been reading some of the beginner stories on Lingq. So I guess we’ll see how it all turns out.
Onwards and upwards.