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This week was an eye opener to say the least.

I was a raging lunatic this week.  I can’t even describe how “all over the place” my brain has been lately.  I have run the gambit from calm to anxious to angry to happy all in a matter of minutes sometimes.

I am blaming the acupuncturist.  He said that would happen!

In all seriousness, the week broke down like this:

2 gym workouts

19 miles (1400+ feet of elevation) over three runs… longest was 10.8 miles.

Here are the key points of the week!


First session ever.  To say that my mind is blown is putting it lightly.  Doug was super cool, very passionate about his work and seems to have put a dent in the knee pain I have suffered from for 6 months with no relief.  Last Sunday, I had a searing pain under my knee at mile 7 which has been pretty typical since at least June.  This weekend, I ran 10.8 in Northwood, PAIN FREE.  I followed that up with 5 road miles this afternoon PAIN FREE.  Coincidence?  Time will tell but I doubt it.  Doug worked on my TMJ and tension too.  He warned me I could be emotional this week.  I blew that off… until I was.  Poor Eric.

The weird from my first session:  Phantom bicep pain (lasted 12 hours), left sciatica spasm/right shin spasm, right calf spasm (all came and went during my short run on Friday).

The awesome from my first session:  No more knee pain, no more TMJ pain (had been lingering for months on the right side), neck feels freer and I am sleeping like a champ.


Northwood Meadows for 10.8 and 1K in elevation gain!  Solo and happy.

I am still being very cautious about planning and training, but I feel great.  The gym workouts have made such a difference in my lower body and core strength and I am a complete believer in incorporating HIIT style workouts into run training.   I haven’t committed to a run plan so to speak, but I am following one loosely.  This one builds me up to the 50K at Pineland over 6 months and will have me running multiple 20+ milers before then as a method of building a base.  This would set me up well for the Emerald IF I start healthy.  Another plan I found is more like a traditional marathon plan where you basically run each long distance (20/22/24) once before your big race.  That one doesn’t start til late February.  That one doesn’t excite me as much.

For better or worse, I have been skipping two of the weekday runs and have replaced them with gym work.  Next week, I am planning on working a double day in (most likely Thursday – gym in AM, 4 miles after work).  I am aiming for 75-90% of the mileage in the plan a week.  I have been great at the 10% increase.  So far so good.

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Happy Pavement running to finish the weekend.  Galloway 2min/30 sec is working!

A PF Membership is in my future too.  I want access to a recumbent bike and Arc trainer for the winter when it all goes to shit.  I once trained for a 5K on an Arc and have faith it can help substitute weekly short mileage when the weather is terrible.

I would like to get a peak this coming week.  No big plans for Christmas so that may be the day to find one.  Other than that, I need a 9 and 7 next weekend.  And I am already looking forward to it.  I see both the acupuncturist and my miracle working massage therapist this week.  More to come on acupuncture for the long haul.


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