Life as an expatriot living and running in the beautiful town of Zwolle, the Netherlands.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Good news...
The leg is getting better. I can walk fairly decently now. It's still stiff, though, so I'm still being careful. To compensate for the days off running, I hit the gym yesterday, did a half hour of biking and an hour of weights. I still really missed being with the team. Yesterday they did pyramid intervals: 500 meters, 1000 meters, 1500 meters, 1500, 1000, 500. Sounded really fun. Anyway, I'm probably gonna run a light half an hour on Sat to test it all out and if it's good, forest training on Sunday.
Ah.. and then next week: jaw surgery on Tuesday. Fun...

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Ok ok OK! God how many times do I need to learn the same lesson all over again?!?
Lesson: if I wake up and have a slight sharp pain in my calf - TAKE THE DAY OFF! So now instead of just taking one day off, I will probably not run for a week. Today is Tuesday and I'm still laid up, leg on ice or limping around the house. Uggh...

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Had a great run in the rain and wind the other day. You know, when I'm sitting in the warm confines of my house, with the clouds gathering and the branches bending... I soooooo don't want to get out there and deal with the weather. But once I'm out in it, I love it. Go figure. The evening was actually beautiful, with hard swirling wind up on the dike. I and three of my teammates ran through the dark night, through the bursts of rain for about 16 kilometers.

Today, however, during our long run in the forest, my old nemesis, my left achilles tendon, came back to haunt me. So I had to walk most of the way back with my very accommodating coach, Nico, while the others finished their training. I can't tell you how much it sucked to feel that sharp pain near my ankle. But on the upside, I had a great conversation with Nico. And he told me some very good advice that is very counter-intuitive. See, I have been feeling so goddamned good with my running lately, that I have just turned on the training. I figured "why not" as every run seemed to be better than the last. Nico said actually, that is exactly the time to back off for a week, because you tend to overdo it when you're feeling good. Ok... Got it. Man, there is just always more and more to learn. So for now, I'm alternating the ice and heat and hoping to be back on the road by Wednesday.