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On persimmons and speed. - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist — LiveJournal
On persimmons and speed.

This Old VillageBasho, for various reasons, is my favorite Japanese poet. Some days, he's even my favorite poet of all. So, I like to use any number of excuses to post his work when it relates to mine. :D

This Old Village
This old village --
not a single house
without persimmon trees.

I enjoy the simplicity of haiku. I enjoy the density. In this in particular, I enjoy the sarcasm. :)

My knees ache a little today. I blame the hills, even though I want to blame the snow. Pretty certain I can't logically blame snow for knee ache the following day of a run. :/ Still. I'm vaguely concerned that I'm doing something bad in my runs and that I'm going to severely injure myself. I think this is because brdgt and antarcticlust are down and out from over running.

I've been noticing some hip pain depending on my stride. It usually goes away after a mile or two or when I consciously adjust my stride - especially if I speed up. Thats kid of annoying on the whole, less pain if I move faster, which I cannot maintain for the same distances. Maybe I need to do for speed training to increase that. That could work.

Crossing the threshold between the 4th and 5th mile yesterday was revelatory. This particular course was really pretty - prettiest I've run so far - and as I hit that threshold, the views opened up and the clouds cleared. I felt refreshed and strong. I guess that's breaking through a wall.

Now, if I could just get to that runner's high everyone talks about. On the plus, I'm not remotely sore today.

Also: I'm considering the Shamrock Shuffle next year or Crazylegs. Anyone want to join me? The former is a 5 or 10k and the latter is 8k.

Also also: I can make iPhone ringtones. :D Now, what song should I use for mine? What is quintessential ABM? (Barbie Girl, of course. )

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative

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antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: October 27th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would just caution you not to take things too fast- even if your heart and lungs can handle it, sometimes your knees, joints, and bones can't. I can show you a good hip flexor stretch if you like, too. Otherwise, I highly recommend the Spots Med folks -they're great for getting you on track with healthy, pain-free exercise.

I've also heard great things about Chi Running, but haven't tried it yet.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 27th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I looked into Chi Running but couldn't find any basic information on it.

I think I'm doing OK. As is, pain subsides as I go and I have nothing lingering, which is good. I'm more surprised that my gait seems to be the key problem. Change my gait or run faster and everything bets better. Mmm.. run faster. :)
brdgt From: brdgt Date: October 27th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree - watching your LJ I would say you are accelerating your workout at a rate that I think a sport medicine doctor would be concerned with.
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: October 27th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It can definitely be easy to say, "Ooh! Look what I can do!" and push yourself to the limit, but that's how injuries happen. I learned, too, that there's no such thing as "running through the pain."
abmann From: abmann Date: October 27th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it is promising that no pain lingers. What was your hip pain like?
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: October 27th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was in the groin, tucked into where the leg meets the pelvis. It was present only when running at first, then running and stairs, then walking, then all the time.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 27th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
My overall mileage per week is only increasing 10 to 15% a week, I think, unless you count my first run as a standalone week. :) I've seen recommendations hovering around there.

The seven miler this weekend was an interesting press in my mind. I hadn't intended to do it until I sat down and planned my route. Otherwise, I'm running 3 to 5 miles at a given run. And I'm not running the whole time. I walk when I need it or have any pain, adjust, stretch and go one.

The pain I'm actively running through are side stitches that I can remove with controlled breathing - which mind you is really neat that I figured out how to do that without slowing down. :)

So, I think I'm OK. But if y'all were concerned, why didn't you say anything?
lipsoflove From: lipsoflove Date: October 28th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I am 100% in favor of you making Barbie Girl your ringtone. lol.
Once upon a time, a stripped down melodic version of it was my ringtone. Some people actually figured out what it was and gave me priceless looks - others thought it was the beginning of a classical piece. lol.
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