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Member Since:

Jan 01, 2008



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

3K: 8:58 Pocatello, ID 2003 (indoors at Idaho State)

5K: 14:55 Salt Lake City, UT 2010 (Law Day 5k)

10K: 29:33 Salt Lake City, UT 2010 (Des News 10k)

1/2 marathon: 1:06:59 Provo, UT 2010 (Utah Valley Half)

marathon: 2:21:59 St. George, UT 2009 (St. George Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

To get running higher mileage more consistently without getting injured

Sub 2:19:00 marathon


I used to run competitively, and maybe I will do so again someday.  Right now I am primarily running to try and get in better shape, and to maintain both physical and emotional health, but also for the simple joy that comes when I run.

I am also the proud daddy of five little ones.  I love the opportunity that I have to be a daddy, and my challenge is to balance my family responsibilities with work and running.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 36.40
Asics Speedstar Lifetime Miles: 2020.05
Asics Gel Ohana Racer Lifetime Miles: 2332.20
Adidas Adizero Lifetime Miles: 1375.45
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 183.10
Nike Free 5.0 Lifetime Miles: 2221.85
Saucony Kinvara Lifetime Miles: 795.92
Puma Faas 200 Lifetime Miles: 373.50
Puma Faas 250 Lifetime Miles: 466.10
Altra Adam Lifetime Miles: 1836.85
Baretrek Lifetime Miles: 290.15
Hoka Conquest Lifetime Miles: 41.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Total running time of 60:00

TLDR:  mild tempo lasting about 18 minutes.

Full Version:  My right calf started acting up on Thursday about 2/3 of the way through the run.  It is a problem that I have dealt with for years, but this was the first time it has acted up since I started running again back in late May.  The general problem is that the soleus becomes too tight and it causes a knot to develop in the muscle near the attachment with the tibia.  This knot then causes uneven pulling of the muscle on the bone leading to pain (and a stress fracture back in 2007).  As long as I massage things out for a few days after it tightens up it tends to go away without any major issues developing.

So, on Friday I ran super slow as a precaution, still running for the full 60 minutes that I had planned.  I noticed that the calf hurt more when running downhill and essentially did not hurt at all when running uphill.  I kept massaging with the plan to scrap a hard workout for today unless there was a drastic improvement over the next 24 hours.  I decided to keep today's run on as flat of terrain as possible in order to avoid any steep downhill, so I started my run off by heading South down Main Street.  This meant that I was running downhill, but nothing so egregiously steep as to agravate the calf.

I made it to my estimated mile mark in 8:00, and slowly sped up even though I was still trying to be really careful with the calf.  I continued heading South down into Highland, crossing Timp Highway.  I noted when I passed an approximate 3.5 mile marker from running the same route last fall as this was the first time that I have made it past that mark as I am running more mileage now than I was back then.  I was feeling antsy as I continued to run.  I wanted to run a speed workout, and it felt like every muscle in my body (except one) wanted to as well.  So, after turning around at 31:01 I started a very mild speed workout as I headed back up the gradual incline towards home.

In order to be careful with the calf I focused on speeding up gradually and staying relaxed as I headed back towards Timp Highway.  Eventually it felt like I got moving at a decent speed (maybe close to 6:00 pace or a little faster?), but at no point did it feel like I was running "hard", and my calf felt good throughout.  Once I crossed Timp Highway again I slowed down again, but shortly thereafter another runner on the opposite side of the road started to pass by me.  I still felt good so I sped up again in order to stay in front of the other runner.  This time I felt like I was working a little harder, but my calf felt good and did not hurt at all so I kept going.  I slowed back down again for good once I made it a little ways past the round about on Main Street, and then finished the run by running home and adding a bit extra in order to hit 60:00.

First half of the run: 31:01, second half (before adding extra): 27:20ish.

Speed work strech going out: 22:34, coming back: 19:20 (didn't run hard for about 20-30 sec in the middle, plus the first 1:00-2:00 after turning around).

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