I blame this one on the foot cast! Placing the blame on the the medical device that got me through the fractured foot bones seems unfair I know. But it beats the real reason: I went out too quickly to resume running resulting in a bad muscle pull in my right calf. Truth be told: I'm pretty sure I tore the muscle. I know that's not the correct medical term and NO I'm not going to a doctor! The immediate plan is to refrain from running for the next couple of weeks to allow it to heal properly before I get back to running...slowly!
As Sally so kindly reminded me recently, "You're not 35 anymore". Based on that obvious fact, I'm going back to basics with my running. A lot of the injuries I've experienced over the past few years come down to bad form. OK, maybe there was a 'wee little bit of ' stupidity since I'm really not 35 years old anymore. But I am 'learnable' and now seems like a good time to get back to the basics.
I saw this chart recently on the Reggae Marathon Facebook Fan Page. If you're a long-time runner like my friend Dan Cumming of Running in the Zone (check out this great article on Running Injury: Doctor it hurts when I do this) you already know what good running form is. If you're just starting out, this could be the most simple and best explanation of proper running form. I fall in to the 'long-time running group who never payed attention but got totally excited by this chart.
"Stand up straight". I can still hear those words from my Grandmother when I would slouch my shoulders. It's the key to good form in running. Duh! My Grandmother wouldn't say 'Duh' but she'd smile of hers while asking me what took me so long. I wouldn't have a good answer.
So assuming all goes well, here's the next target: the Sporting Life 10K on May 12 in Toronto. Court, one of my sons, suggested it and it seems like a good idea. 10K races how I started running way back (when I really was age 35) and this is a point-to-point race down Yonge Street in Toronto. Mostly downhill with a flat finish. And it starts early...my favourite time of day. We won't officially have cold Red Stripes immediately at the finish like Reggae Marathon but unofficially...
Until next time...
I'm raising funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation in 2013. My goal is to raise $2,000 by December.
My planned races in 2013 include the Sporting Life 10K May 12, the Toronto Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 1/2 Marathon, October 20 and the Reggae Marathon, December 7. Please join me on Facebook at Run for Heart.