Weekly Training Summary (86.21 miles / 13:08:53)

A Day in the Life11 Comments

Fly into the distance

Disappear for awhile

I can’t make sense of this

But we’re here today, feeling alive

- In Flames


Sun – 20M

Mon – 8M

Tue – Off

Wed – Sanitas x 2

Thu – 10M / 5M

Fri – 10M / 7M

Sat – 10M / 8M


Once Spring Break was over, I knew I needed to shift into a different mentality. However, some early week cool weather really made me taper my desires. Once I got a taste of the warm, I wasn’t ready to have it leave. Looking for gloves when I haven’t been wearing a shirt seemed silly. So I took my rest day and regrouped. Then for the rest of the week, I brought back an old favorite: 2-fers. My schedule hasn’t allowed long runs lately during the week but if I break them up, duh. And I am still getting the sustained long run on the weekends so all seems right.

Been hitting Sanitas for a few weeks now instead of Green. Really been enjoying it. Way more suffering than Green for me. You hurt for 20 minutes, crest the top, then try and get your wobbly quads down through the rocks on the backside, before racing sub-7 for a mile to the finish. That round trip hurts…so good. I feel like I am getting a ton of value out of it so I am not sure when I will return to Green.

Wearing my Adidas (from JV) with my post in it on the roads and my MT110AKs on the trail. All is well. Feeling great and much less sluggish being back to a more minimal combination.

Body is holding up. Going through periods of fatigue but its mostly because of sleep. The biggest issue I have now is my right piriformis mentioned weeks ago. Its now down into my hamstring on that side. I need to go get some needles jammed in there but I haven’t been willing to spare the time. Crossing my fingers that it would go away but that isn’t working. Damn it. So I might have to get more active. For so many years, I was religious about massage and other things. Now, I do nothing but chiropractic and feel pretty good all the time. However, I may need to revert to more preventative measures here shortly with a race a month away. The worst part of that injury is driving. Its hurts like hell. I scream when I have to sit at a stop light because it rages. Its a bad position. Office chair is fine though. Also complicates sleeping. Takes me a while to get it to settle into a position where I can fall asleep. All this is so “last time with my hip” but its minus the hip hurting. Hip is fine. Miracle. So I take the rest lightly.

I feel like I run alone a lot lately. Haven’t been good about meeting up with folks. I need to change that but my schedule is more about maximizing time running and staying out of the car.

  • NickP

    The 2x Sanitas is a good run and one I do all the time. I think doing roughly the same total vertical but over 2 climbs makes it a little different than a single up/down like you get with Green. Forces you to learn to recover on the down for the next climb.

    Your last paragraph is exactly how I feel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277282734 facebook-1277282734

    Okay, so let’s get together for a run then?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277282734 facebook-1277282734

    Plus I have a beer mug for you with your name on it.

  • http://brandon.fuller.name/ Brandon Fuller

     I can’t give out my coordinates publicly or the paparazzi show up.

  • http://brandon.fuller.name/ Brandon Fuller

    My name is not Bud Light.

  • Footfeathers

    Sounds like you have sciatica.

  • http://brandon.fuller.name/ Brandon Fuller

     That’s the cousin of the piriformis diagnosis.  Depends on where the nerve runs through your butt.  Getting needled tomorrow.  Should help.

  • mikehinterberg

    Agreed with Tim: sell the Hummer if the seat is uncomfortable.  And, sciatica/PS as you said.

    Dude, it took me more than a year to realize/admit it, but something similar (in fact, maybe less painful, because driving wasn’t horrible) bothered me all last year, from Oct. 2010 (Denver marathon) until maybe December 2011, including all the longer races, where it was tolerable but clearly something that holds you back.  Only when it finally got better did I realize how I wish I had done something sooner.In my case, I stretched for 3-4 weeks: pigeon pose mostly, and then even sitting in an office chair at work or home I would cross the bad leg on top of the good one and push down on the knee.  Working on the piriformis and the hamstring on the bad side.  Then, the tennis ball: on the piriformis itself, but it also felt painfully good up along the bottom of the spine.  Finally, I realized I was overstriding on downhills especially (or in flat speedwork), so I shortened the stride — look at that possibility.  That combination finally helped, thankfully, and once it got better I was happy to be lazy about stretching again and it stayed calm.  I was too stubborn to try to take a week or two off, so I don’t think it was necessary, but I wish I would have gone after it sooner rather than “accepting” it.  Sounds like you’re working on it, but definitely keep at it until it’s solved.  Good luck!

  • http://brandon.fuller.name/ Brandon Fuller

    Sell my truck?  You are hilarious.  Actually, its my wife’s car that bugs me the most.  The family-mobile.  That seat gets me more.  I will see if she will get rid of it.

    Luckily, it doesn’t hurt during the run.  The run feels like it loosens it up a bit.  

  • mikehinterberg

    Clearly, then, sell the wife’s car and buy another Hummer!  Problem solved.

    Your description sounds worse than what I had (the sitting and sleeping part), so I’m still suggesting to tackle it as aggressively as possibly, even if you can run with it… it’s an insidious sort of thing that can cause leg weakness over time on longer runs, where you can keep moving but feel like your speed is held back, especially downhill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277282734 facebook-1277282734

    This can be partially addressed with certain exercises to some degree.  I also encounter it.  Weighted squats, lunges, pigeon pose … all help.