Sunday, October 31, 2010

The half century

So, since my last proper run-stopping injury, I have managed to put in a full climb of Mount Cootha 50 times in 50 days, over 41 runs. Initially, this would seem to indicate a certain amount of consistency in my training. Well that is true to a certain extent; I have been consistently tired, my quads have been consistently funked, but I have consistently been having a good time on the trails. Now, to the inconsistent element. My weekly kilometreage over the seven weeks since injury would be the best example: 48.5, 55.4, 37, 67.9, 105.2, 52, 63.5. While I do not believe that 100km is really that much, compared to the numbers of other ultrarunners, it certainly put me into a deep deficit, that I have been struggling to pay back over the last two weeks. This week, I think that I will try having three days without running, and just concentrate the mileage in the other four, to see if that will help me to recover while still allowing me to put up (hopefully) something nearer to triple digits. With that said, my hip niggle has returned, and the tendinitis in my foot continues to linger - so we'll have to pay them some consideration.

Into exam block, and still happy to be out there running most days.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Running through the pain.

So, after my big week of running last week, I thought that I had escaped without being harmed.
Think again.
I have discovered that the pain in my foot is most likely extensor tendonitis, instead of a stress fracture. This means that it is reasonably "safe" to keep on training regardless, although it may start to hurt like a mean mofo. Icing the affected area seems to abate the pain, and it is never as bad after running as it is before.
Nevertheless, I feel a fair amount of fear and uncertainty about my near-future of running, with questions like: will it actually heal by itself? What if I break down? What if it causes other problems?
The last question has been partially answered - my left inner-quad feels very twingey, and the place where it connects to my hip seems to pinch when I lift my leg too high. However, provided that I continue to take it easy this week, it SHOULD sort itself out (having now said that, it probably wont).
In any case, I had five good weeks of running, and was bound to have a bad one pop up at some time, so I am not bitter about it. I am still enjoying just getting out there everyday.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"After" latin America by Walter Mignolo

To me, this passage from Mignolo's article would be the best way to describe the history of the modern world to a being from another planet: "The confluence of "discovering" a new continent, on the one hand, and expelling Jews and Moors from the Iberian peninsula, on the other, gave Western Christians the opportunity to translate their local view into the universal perspective that shows up in their world maps (like Mercator's and Ortelius' that I referred to in the first chapter). Colombian philosopher Santiago Castro-Gomez described this moment in terms of the emergence of the "hubris of the zero-point."4 That is, an insidious confidence emerged from the belief that Europeans occupied a universal locus of observation and of enunciation from which the world and its people could be classified. The radical shift in the geography of knowledge at that moment consisted in the subsuming under the Christian perspective of all other loci of observation.
This is, precisely, what the theological politics of knowledge was all about. The very idea of "modernity" cannot be separated fiom this shift, made possible by the simultaneous triumph of Christianity over the other religions of the Book, the emergence of a new continent, the navigation as well as physical and conceptual appropriation ofthe globe, and the subsuming of all other forms of knowledge."
It sums it all up really.

On the running front, I turned my long run into a back-to-back set, putting in 17km and two climbs on Sunday aswell. This meant that my weekly mileage went from 67km one week to 105km the next. This was admittedly stupid, but if I just take this week really easy (20-35km), and work off of a two week build up, one week easy cycle, I should be able to have fun and induce a training effect. Nonetheless, the hard week has put me well into deficit, and I should need this entire week of taking it easy to return to form. This effort has also caused some more tendons in my foot to flare up/become damaged. They get a bit sore when I sit down for long periods, but when I stand up and walk around, the pain abates. I think I will go canoeing tomorrow, just to give my legs a complete rest (I went cycling this morning), then have a few more easy runs/cycles, with a rest day on Sunday. That's the plan, anyways - and I know that, when it comes to running, nothing goes according to it.

Friday, October 15, 2010

28 Runs Later

So, I have returned from injury, and have managed to be on the trail quite frequently. Today, with a 5 x Cootha run/walk I passed a significant milestone - 28 runs since returning from injury. This makes it my best streak of consistent training since April this year. That is pretty pathetic, I am aware, and my own fault, but I am still glad to have made it this far. I have had some lingering foot problems, and my right knee still seems to drop in a bit, causing problems with my hamstring tendons, but as long as I take it easy next week, and then keep building up slowly, they SHOULD sort themselves out. I am incredibly grateful for this, for just being able to be out there everyday, to be on Mount Cootha, to be in nature. In the course of these runs, I have attained a level of intimacy with and love for this area that motivates me to run even more. I feel like I am starting to exit the funk (fingers crossed) - my OCD/anxiety seems to have calmed down, and although I need some extra sleep, I feel pretty good physically.
I will back today's run up with a cycle tomorrow - between 60 and 120 minutes, depending on how I feel, and then jump into the easy week. It should look a little something like this (depending on how my body feels) - Monday PM - walk up Mt C with Keiran,
Tuesday AM - Single climb of Mt C,
Wednesday AM - Single Climb of Mt. C,
thursday AM - Single Climb of Mt. C, PM - Climb with Bogdan,
Friday AM - 60 minute cycle - rolling hills,
Saturday AM - Single climb of Mt C,
Sunday AM - 30 minute cycle.

After that, as ong as my body holds up, I will go for about 80-90km the next week, and 90-100km the week after. Then I will take another easy week, perhaps culminating in the Mount Cootha mousdash (10.5km) if I feel up for it. If my training keeps going well, I should have the legs for it, but I just don't want to have to take time to recover afterwards. I say this because my instincts would make me race the run, instead of just hitting a tempo climb and then opening up. Probably not then.

In summation, I am in a good place at the moment, and am really enjoying my life.