Still struggling with muscle and tendons issues, I am now able to log some miles. Not too long or far. But better than nothing. I am still having Physical Therapy and now even using KT tape. I prefer not to detail for how much I spend on recovery tools, it could covert pay off the debt of several countries.
What was (and is still) the plan to go back to recovery? Well, pretty simple:
Stop running at all. I replaced running with bicycle, elliptical and swimming. I maintain at least 1 to 2 hours of physical activity.
When I was feeling I was doing too much damage, I switched to another activity. In the beginning, even standing was painful, so, it was a challenge to exercise without (too much) pain
One week after the initial injury, I went to the doctor to get medical advice to see if anything was broken. I then attended PT. Of course, PT exercises do not account in the training time. Do your homework: workout + PT
After a week of PT (and about 3 weeks to one month after the initial injury), I started running again. It feels good to be out but was horribly painful. At some point, you have to suck it up. And keep running: this is what is going to happen on long races.
If there is a single rule that can summarize this plan, it would be: stay smartly outside of your comfort zone.
Not sure if it will help the healing process or make me feel any better. But it lines up for training program until the last race in August. First thing first, I have to fix my big toe, it looks in a bad shape for now.
Last week, I was featured on The Run Commuter website. I got my own article, which is definitively a true honor. I feel that I now belong to the club of the runners that got this exposure. It is also really funny because I just got injured one week before it was published.
And this week, the pacer page on the Pittsburgh marathon was just published. And of course, my ugly face is on it. Yay.
It seems that all of that is finally getting real and I will have to run a half marathon in 1:45 in May while entertaining people around me. I tried to avoid everything running related since several weeks, including contact with the running community but it might be time to treat the several muscles injuries, tendinitis and remain of fractures that keep me away from running since several weeks now. Between a coming trip to Japan, another in France and a last one in Italy, I should find some time to train.
Armstrong did not even mention he wanted to run this race. He runs every now and then (his strava profile is very active) and recently won a trail race. But he did not sign up for the race.
The organizers reacted over a non-existing threat. Just by fear. Or just to make noise.
But why banning him? This sport is all about community, not about rejection. We are a welcoming community. How many of us struggled with life, suffered from various addictions and find salvation through ultra running? How many stories of people stopping drinking, doing drugs or losing weight that stopped when they start running? Armstrong wants to join us? He is more than welcome. There is no reason to reject him.
There are many solutions to offer a fair treatment if he is running: enable drug testing during the race (for every runner – let’s be serious: some elites are using performance enhancing drugs, why not testing them?) or just let him to race without receiving an award/money. But there is no reason to reject somebody without trying to work things out. And by taking such a decision, the race organizers might have show that our sport is slowly evolving … probably not for the best.
This week, a new blog post about my ongoing work on software security has been published on the SEI blog. This work is being very exciting and I am currently working on other publication. During the next week, I will also work on a code generator that will transform an architecture model into C code executed on top of seL4, the only formally verified kernel that has been used for the HACMS program from DARPA. This will facilitates the design, implementation and verification of secure systems.
On a running side, running is becoming so painful that I no longer enjoy it. Every step is painful. A pause is necessary after every mile.
I need a new strategy to recover, avoid any permanent damage and maintain my fitness level. But running is no longer an option.
With the cold weather and travels, it is difficult to go always outside. It might be possible but definitively inefficient: if I have 30 minutes, this is way better to hit the gym rather than spending 10 minutes to look at the area on google maps, see where to go, ask for a map at the reception, etc. For short workouts, it is more convenient and efficient to hit the gym.
On the downside, such places are packed with gym rats and the view is not as entertaining as trails. Also, watching TV becomes boring very quickly. Plus, netflix or pandora are either blocked or too slow (depending on the country and hotel policy for using the wireless network). So, I took advantage of the TED android application: you can download video to watch later. So, you can browse all the talks, choose carefully some talks and find good one while you actually work out.
I tried to make a short list of good TED talks – if you are planning to hit the gym or looking for some stuff to watch at home, there is a list. I hope it might be useful to some of you.
The Price of Happiness by Benjamin Wallace – expensive stuff will not make you happy, this talk explains why. I always believe the most important value is in things that cannot have a price.
Can we eat to starve cancer? by William Li – inspiring talk that presents a new way to treat and potentially kill cancer. While we focus on invasive solution, I truly believe a long-term, proactive approach that focuses on what we eat everyday is more efficient than the actual solution that are invasive, aggressive and intrusive.
Why the building of the future will be shaped by … you by Marc Kushner – amazing talk about the value and important of architecture: how it shapes and impacts our life. Small changes have a big impact for years. Definitively a topic to think about and can apply to many other domains (who said software or computer architecture?)
What’s wrong with school lunches by Ann Cooper – a simple (but smart) talk about actual issues with food provided in schools. Valuable talk by somebody that actually works in this domain.