My heel is healing but not fast enough. I am putting Neosporin on it constantly now. I sleep in a sock so it doesn't leak all over the bed. It hurts when I start moving because its all hard. Then it breaks open and I can flex it. So I put an Activ-Flex Band-Aid on it, wrap with some tape, and lace up. Wish it would heal. I think I should just throw the shoes that caused this in the trash. No use repeating this some day.
Well, it is Wednesday post-training. The sun was out. Sanitas was calling! How many more dry trips up there can I fit in? Today would be an easy one so I went for it. Dropped off Sydney at school and shot down there. Started up cold -- no warm-up. Jeff and I keep chatting about this but I tend to do better time-wise with no warm-up. The downside -- I feel shitty most of the way up.
I was running it harder today. I could tell. My legs were fresh but my gut was off this morning. I had this ab tightness that was not comfortable. I don't know what it is but it has creeped up now and then lately. I pushed through it. I found myself not transitioning to the power hike on the steps as quickly. I was trying to get a few good bounds up each set on the run before settling back down. In retrospect, I was "driving it like I stole it" -- felt like I was on and off the gas way too much. Not steady and that probably hurts things overall.
I never watch the clock on Sanitas -- probably should. I just go and see how it turns out. As I hit the last set of steps, I was gassed. I could not bound up them like I had hoped to. I know I always lose a lot of time on that final set. But I got up them and tapped the pole:
20:07 - SON OF A BITCH!
It was a PR by 1:18 but c'mon -- 8 more seconds and I would have achieved my goal for the season. That sucked. I could have pulled out 8 seconds somewhere. That was a single run vs. walk over some small section. Or that slower song that came on the iPod that I had to skip through. Or going shirtless! Oh well. Always next week.
BTW, I was browsing some FKT stuff and came across reports of sub-15 on this route. Geezus.
Came back down in 22. Nice and easy. Didn't push the downhill at all because I was debating saving my legs for another hard trip up. Hit the bottom and started right back up so I couldn't talk myself out of it. Legs were instantly a lot more mushy this time around. The month away from this place took its toll on me. I am definitely not as sharp as I was on that terrain as before. Pavement is my home these days but that will change. Topped out again in 24. Then descended in 19 -- running nice and fast on the downhill.
It was a good outing and I can't hate on the PR. But the heel was nagging with every step as the shoe touched it. I wore my new NB MT100s. Jury is out. I like the lightness. However, I feel like my foot moves so much in them. When descending the rocks, I am constantly sliding and jamming up the toebox. So uphill and flats, it is all good. Steep downhill, not so great. I probably need to lace them up tighter next time.
In reviewing our new 2010 benefits at work, I found they have a "Track Your Fitness" program where you enter your minutes of exercise per day for each day of the quarter. If it totals over 1450 minutes, you get $100. So 4 quarters a year -- $400. I started putting in this quarter, which we aren't even 1/2 through yet and I ended up higher than I needed to be already. So now I totally feel like I am getting paid to run. Does that count as "pro runner" yet?
I went 6.10 miles with an elevation gain of 2,624 feet in 01:27:18, which is an average pace of 14:18. View my GPS data.