Staying Optmistic – but currently on the sidelines

Hi Everyone.

I just wanted to send out a quick post about my goings on for the last few months. In October, I ran the Grand Canyon and strained my left achilles. It has been getting better.   Inspired by the fact that I signed up for the Snake River Half Marathon scheduled for March 4th I overdid my training.  About 3 weeks ago, I went out on a 14 miler in Seattle. We were visiting my son Daniel who is a student at the University of Washington. Seattle had no snow. It was so nice to be away from the east side of the state.  My hometown Spokane was still covered in snow.  The combination of no snow and my need to get ready for the half marathon put me in a good mood for a 14 miler. My achilles was feeling better so I figured it wouldn’t be a problem if I didn’t push.  I headed out on the Burke Gilman trail from the University of Washington district and headed out 7 miles. At abooooouuuut mile 7, my right calf started tightening up.  I stopped and stretched and took it a bit easier on the way back.  But the damage was done.  I tweaked my right calf.  Needless to say, I did not run the Snake River Half Marathon last weekend.

But I am staying optimistic…I will ALWAYS stay optimistic.  My 5 year old hip is doing GREAT! 🙂

I am so thankful for my Zero Runner.  It has allowed me to put in the running workouts without experiencing pain.  I am also very thankful for all of you active posters and responders,  (Dave Whiteside you know who I am talking about).  We all know that nothing beats running.  I appreciate the active support that I get from this community.

I have some mountain runs coming; the Broken Goat in Canada in June and  I will be back at The Rut mountain race in September.  Those runs are keeping me motivated as I try to stay fit through the healing process.

 

5 thoughts on “Staying Optmistic – but currently on the sidelines

  1. Tom, you came back strong from your knee issues last year and I know you will come back strong from this. You’re tough, mentally and physically like many of us on this site. We don’t give up because people tell us we shouldn’t be doing this and we don’t give up because we get injured. We train smart to keep fit and look for our next opportunity. I look forward to reading your race reports from your upcoming races, you will get fit and you will make us all proud.

    1. Dave! Thanks for the encouragement. Patience is a virtue. Keep doing what you do. You are a Hip Runner All Star!

  2. Dang! Sorry to hear about the setback Tom — Such a bummer but I know you will listen to your body and get back to where you need to be. Keep it up and keep us posted on your progress! Many good runs to come!

    1. Thanks Aimee! It IS a bummer. But you know us hip runners. We can be knocked down, but we’ll never be knocked out.

  3. Hi Tom sorry yo hear that you’re sidelined at the minute but us hiprunners are strong minded people & I know that thud little setback is just a small blip on the radar screen 😂. Have you tried using a Sorbathane heel insert? I had Achilles problems 3 years into my running career ( been running with Sorbathane heel inserts ever since). They’ll take the pressure off your Achilles & also your calf, but I’m sure you know that anyway 😊. Good luck with your recovery.

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