This year’s Bloomsday is in the books. With a finish of 50:36 for this 12k course (7.46 Miles), this was by no means my fastest race, but considering the issues I had with my achilles, it was one of the most rewarding. After my rim-to-rim run through the Grand Canyon in October 2016, my achilles tendon on my left leg tightened up on me. Numerous attempts at running after a few days rest caused me to injure it more. So I resigned myself to the Zero Runner and pool running, trying to stay away from any real outside running. The trick worked for the most part. After the achilles started feeling normal again in mid-march, I battled other injuries related to trying to “catch-up” with my training in time for Bloomsday. From calf strains to hammy tightness, it was a constant battle to get quality miles in. So when Bloomsday rolled around, I was thinking I would be happy to get 7 minute miles in and hopefully break 53:00 minutes. I thought that goal was appropriate given the fact that “Cemetary Hill” and the dreaded “Doomsday Hill” stood in my way. When I finished and the clock showed 50:36, I couldn’t have been more relieved. 6:46 pace for the race. I’ll take it…..today. Tomorrow is another story….I am back to training.
Speaking of training, this result is just another justification for the zero runner. This zero impact trainer got me through those tough months when the achilles just wouldn’t loosen up. I have owned the machine for 11 months and just a month ago, I finally went hands free. This is just a great machine for training and preserving your body. Here is a little video of me training on it. It truly is an awesome machine for injury prevention.