What if I Fall?

I could fall straight down Through to oblivion Crumpled, broken at the bottom Fuck that! I’m moving up! This thing is bigger than each of us Trashed, abandoned, hopeless (?) Never Catch yourself Allow yourself to be caught Never lose sight of the One… There is a passage ahead Get back into it Hold each…

I’ve (almost) Made It

XXXXVII days in the gym post-injury, pre-run. That first run did not go quite as I’d hoped. Naively, perhaps, I believed with all my might that I’d fly directly from air cast into running. “I’ll average about 5 miles a day by the time I come back into new year,” I told several folks. Hahahaha…

Healed, but…

Left—October 29th, nearly 4 days after fracturing left foot, fifth metatarsal: Right—December 11th, 6 weeks 5 days post-injury. New, thicker bone filling in the fracture line. I AM HEALED! Shouting from the rooftops!!!!! Alas, keeping boot on till next Thursday to help new bone transition through infancy. Then… Christmas run forthcoming!! My new life will…

Hanging On

5 more days in the gym since Monday. XXXVII days now in the gym with air cast. 6 weeks, 3 days since fracture. I hiked around yesterday for about 23,000 steps. It was a cool winter’s day. And it felt great. Eagerly, I await my final x Ray on Tuesday. I hope it shows complete…

Counting Down, I Hope

Thursday, 11/29-Monday, 12/04: 4 of 5 days in the gym. Basically, same routines–alternating arm-back days with legs days. 2 days with more abbreviated workouts. That’s now XXXII days in the gym since my air cast was put on 5 weeks ago. Lifetime record number of days in a gym within such a time frame. It…

Why Me?

I still can’t help but wonder: why me? Fractured foot———is this real, or a nightmare?! Just when I’ve been getting back into racing shape. No PRs on the immediate horizon, but I’ve been chipping away. And lately my racing instinct has been on the rise as I effectively put away two competitors in the final…

Gym Days XIV-XVII

Monday, 11/12: Arms-Back [similar to workouts stated in earlier posts] Tuesday, 11/13: BREAK New X Ray…. New calcium filling in fractured places (blurriness within two cracks on 5th metatarsal is calcium)! Wednesday, 11/14: Legs [similar to workouts in earlier posts] Thursday, 11/15: Abbreviated Circuit Only about 18 minutes before Chinese lesson… Ab machine: 150 lbs…

Gym Days XII-XIII

Rehab workouts… Sunday, 11/11: Legs Ab Machine: x 2 sets, 40 reps, 140 lbs (:45 recovery between each) Heart racing Air Crunches: x 2 sets, 20 forward, 20 right side, 20 left side, several more frontside Heart racing Ab Machine: x 2 sets…same Air Crunches: x 2 sets…same Resistance Band: x 3, 1 minute each…

Gym Work Days VI-VII

Monday, 11/05: Air Running x 2: 2 minutes each time Resistance Band (for hips): 1 minute x 3 each hip Shoulder Press x 4 at 40 lbs Biceps x 4 with about 9 reps each Ab Machine x 4 with 140lbs Hang with crunch x 2 (about 30 crunches each time) Notes: Resistance band hip…

My 5 Worst Running Injuries

5. May-June ’99: Kwai, Botswana Injury & Cause: Some kind of unknown strain in foot occurring one day while racing kids on a dirt road in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Don’t remember how long without running at all, but this thing lingered into the beginning of cross country season and I had to…

Gym Work Day V

Saturday, 11/03: Air Running– x 8 :70 sec do maybe two reps, then :80. Last two at :90, :92. Held myself with only elbows, a bit with hands on grips and core, mostly. Legs moving in air. Heart rate between 120-130 each time. 6 consecutive with maybe minute rest between each. Last two completed after…

Fractured Foot No Matter: 3 Days of Gym Work

Here’s what I’ve done today and each of the past two days in my quest to maintain running fitness while allowing recovery of my left foot. Found new cardio! Friday, 11/02: Hammy leg curls 50 lbs 4 x sets (15 reps per set) Air Bike (“cycling” with legs in air) 4 x for these seconds:…