Why Do I Run? What to Do When You Can’t?
by: Kyle Larson, Owner firstname.lastname@example.org
In the beginning I ran for very different reasons. There was a time in high school when I ran because I needed to get in shape for football. It was tough coming into 2 a day workouts out of shape–so out I went 3 weeks before practice started to be ready for training camp. (I was sure three weeks was more than enough time to get in shape.) After college I found out that the workplace often had some sort of baked goods typically with frosting at least 3 days a week. I started to run again because I was desperately out of shape and growing larger by the day. Survival mode.
My early days of running were actually nights. You know, when no one can see you wheezing for air and barely running for more than a minute before needing to walk. Funny things happened along the way: (1) I lost weight, (2) I could run more than a mile at a time, and (3) I liked running. I’ve managed to run at least 2 dozen marathons, a couple of Ironman triathlons and countless other races from 5K’s, 20K’s, Olympic Tri’s, etc. Now my favorite nighttime run is through Shorewood Hills near Blackhawk Country Club while stopping to look down on the Christmas Lights. It is amazing.
Through all my years of running, I’ve had a few injuries along the way, but nothing that has caused me to take off long periods of time. Until now.
It turns out our dog loves to chase squirrels, rabbits, butterflies, paper, wind, you get the idea–he likes to chase things. He also likes to go running–actually loves to run. I like running with Cooper too; he is good company. On one run he found a squirrel to chase and I tried to slow him down and that is how it started.
At first after an X-Ray came back negative I was treated for sesamoiditis. The 3 sesamoid bones sit on the underside of your foot near your big toe and bingo that is what hurt. After 2 weeks there was more pain and an MRI was scheduled. The plan was to get the results in 2 to 3 days. I received a call within 2 to 3 hours – never a good sign.”YOU HAVE A STRESS FRACTURE NO RUNNING UNTIL AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.” Tough words to hear. Non-impact activities are fine and no boot required unless there is more pain.
Source: Mayo Clinic
Here is what I’m up to as I wait for January 1st :
Training with power — Last year I started riding with a power meter. The Stages Power Meter is very easy to install and very easy to pair with your head unit. I use a Garmin 910XT (Newest Version is 920XT) as my head unit – pairing and use are super easy. There are lots of great books on riding with power – I’ve found that Joe Friel and Hunter Allen have the best information out there and it is in a format that makes it easy to understand. Since I started riding specifically focused on my Power Numbers (Functional Threshold Power FTP) I’ve increased my FTP by 12% while keeping my rides no more than 75 minutes. You can review all that data using your Garmin Connect Account or Training Peaks. You can now auto sync your data between Garmin and Training Peaks without having to do a manual process. (This was covered in a previous blog post regarding autosync. Since that post Garmin now has a similar link with Strava.)
Swimming and getting faster
Thanks to my good friends at Prairie Athletic Club and master swim coach Chris Thompson, I’m getting some speed back in the pool. I was so out of swimming shape after taking 3 months off from the pool. Get this – I am even getting better at backstroke and flip turns. I still can’t get the butterfly and the breast stroke figured out. I have a feeling I need more time on Youtube.
My goal is to keep this going as I add back running after the first of the year. I’ve talked with and developed plans for athletes who are training with Power but never spent the time on my own training. It has been a blast – if you are interested in learning more let me know I love to talk about training with Power and master swim including my flip turns!