Bent but not broken I ventured back out onto the Katy Trail this past June, and lived to tell the tail. Here is some photographic proof:
On this solo trip I spent the night in Hartsburg Missouri and then came back the next day.
I do not think I am sticking with the trailer, but I need to try it on my new touring bike to make sure.
Well, running ugly got ugly. At least for my left knee I could probably count on my fingers, maybe without having to use the toes, how many times I ran last year. I tried it again the week before last and I made two miles with no problems. I could have ran a lot faster. I laid off for a day or so and thought I would try it again. My left knee kept bothering me a bit but I decided to give it a try. Maybe it was the weather (that would be the denial kicking in). I did not make it fifty yards. My knee is now much better. Biking, walking, and stairs don’t seem to bother me. I did some boxing bag work last night and that was fine. Weight lifting is fine. For being 60 I think that is good enough but I sure miss running.
Did running cause that knee problem? No. I think not. I did martial arts for years and my kicking leg was my left leg, and it has “nagged” me for years. Little tweaks hear and there. Hyperextending it with kicking, and maybe aggressive stretching, did it. That I am sure of.
If, and until, I have to get a knee replacement I am most likely done with running and maybe a new knee wouldn’t even help. The pain is very tolerable. I just want to retain mobility.
This is another Jeff Galloway classic. I have written about one other book of his – he is a prolific writer. It’s been around for a while but I finally decided to buy it a couple of weeks ago after about 6 or 8 months, maybe even longer, of nagging injuries. Also, it was after I had turned sixty. After reading the book I decided to finally give his method a try.
Jeff Galloway is a big proponent of the run walk strategy. It sounds kind of counterintuitive and I resisted it for about 2 years now although I’ve recommended it to other people. I just didn’t think it was for me. But after turning 60, and after those nagging injuries I referred to earlier left me sidelined, unable to run, I decided I needed to give it a serious try. I committed myself to one week of running and walking. The results were surprising and dramatic.
Not only was I able to run without injury or nagging aches and pains, I ran faster. I trained with a Polar heart monitor, and I discovered something pretty amazing things from the data. For one thing I ran dramatically faster. I’ll be posting some of the screenshots this week from my app but it was pretty amazing. What was also amazing is how my heart rate responded with this run-walk method as compared to when I usually run. It’s my belief, and I’ll discuss it in another post, that the run-walk method not only reduces injuries and lets you run faster, it mimics high intensity interval training (HIIT)!
When I got back into running several years ago I entered several 5k races and some 10k events. I’ll tell you a secret that I haven’t written. There were these guys that would run past me, and them I would pass them latter on while they were walking. However, after that, when I was tiring, they seemed to get stronger and they would pass me again. Often I wouldn’t be able to get in front of them that one last time before they crossed the finish line ahead of me. My guess is they were using the Galloway method. Well, God willing, I’m going to be using that method this summer for some upcoming races. I’m especially looking forward to the Show Me State games.
I am a believer. I think I will be using the Galloway method for the rest of my running career. The injuries really are down, my times are better than they would be otherwise, and I think it will keep me running longer. This method may not be for younger runners, but for this sixty year old it is the way to go. Better than sitting on the porch.