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  • bqx40 10:26 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: priorities   

    Alternative Paths 

    Today could have went very differently.

    • I could have slept in after waking up in the middle of the night.
    • I could have driven the main roads instead of the winding back roads.
    • I could have driven the back road route that I knew much better instead of the slightly longer back road route.
    • I could have listened to the call to run 7 laps around the subdivision’s loop.
    • I could have let go of the artificial call to hit a certain goal mileage every single week.
    • I could have made time yesterday to stay on track with my goal mileage.

    Today could have been a normal day, with no ER visit, no loss of the faithful car that I’ve had for 14 1/2 years, no facing 4-6 weeks off from running.

    Instead, I woke up at 3:30am, and sat impatiently until 5am, when I went outside to leave for the gym.

    At 5:35am… my car ran off the road and hit a tree.

    My haste to be out the door before anyone was awake meant that my wife didn’t answer when I tried to call. Had I been injured to the point where time was crucial, I wouldn’t have survived. Four cars drove by that lonely stretch of road in the early morning between the time I quit calling my wife to dial 911 and the time when the police officer arrived on the scene.

    My daughter, who normally drags her feet and daydreams during the morning routine became all business when my wife told her that they needed to get dressed quickly so that Mommy could go see Daddy who was in a wreck. She’s pretty skittish about anything that might be a threat to Daddy or any of the rest of the family. She’s just started to calm down after a year of fretting about every little lightning storm after she found out that a classmate’s dad was killed by lightning.

    My son was blissfully unaware of what my crash meant. He thinks I just made my car “messy”. (Honestly, it always is.) I think of my coworker who died when his son was 2, and how my son might have a vague memory of me, but not really know me.

    My wife often badgers me about time I spend doing this or that activity. Outside of things that involve money, my “other activities” are what I usually feel the most disagreement between us over. And yet, she is a conscience for me. Is it about me or the family? She keeps me as honest as one person can do for another.

    While spending 40 hours per week doing “extracurricular” activities would likely always be an issue, the bigger issue that I must resolve is choosing the right path in context. Not all alternative paths have the same weight across different scenarios.

    Lately, I’ve been so obsessed with not losing momentum with my running that I’ve failed to recognize context–we’re moving, my wife is working extra shifts, etc… In so doing, I have also now managed to lose momentum with my running.

    I know that an accident like this morning’s could have happened at any time, for any reason. I also may be magically better in a couple of days. However, poor decision making has certainly not helped.

    In the meantime, I have at least a few days to reflect a little more closely on what my priorities are. I’m not considering giving up running, or really even backing off of running, or other activities for that matter–but I do need to reconsider my willingness to knock their priority to the bottom at the appropriate times.

    I don’t need to see if I can survive another wreck that makes a car look like this:

  • bqx40 9:00 am on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ibuprofen, nsaids   

    Runners: Careful with the NSAIDs 

    From Caring Medical – Sports Injuries – NSAIDs: Why We Do Not Recommend Them:

    The following statement comes from a well-known sports medicine book that has gone through five printings. “In spite of the widespread use of NSAIDs there is no convincing evidence as to
    their effectiveness in the treatment of acute soft tissue injuries.” (Bruckner, P. Clinical Sports Medicine. New York City, NY: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1995, pp. 105-109.)

    This is a true statement, but definitely not strong enough. More appropriate would be something like, –In spite of the widespread use of NSAIDs there is substantial evidence that they hamper soft tissue healing.–

    In the past, I have used NSAIDs in my marathon training quite regularly. I don’t have anecdotal evidence that they hampered healing. My specific problem with taking NSAIDs (generally Ibuprofen) was that I would tend to not be conscious of pain from injury and run through it, causing additional damage which would take longer to heal, which would require additional NSAIDs to relieve the pain from.

    In this last build-up of 1400 miles, I have probably taken 2800 mg of Ibuprofen for joint or muscle pain the entire time. Whenever I have, I have made sure to not run during its dose-duration of 4-8 hours, which usually means that I take it before bed or on a rest day.  While this strategy doesn’t resolve the slow healing problem, it at least ensures that I do not compound the injury.

    Some more discussions of NSAIDs:

  • bqx40 8:30 am on May 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    My new tactic. 1% treadmill run + -3% incline on cool-down #twit2fit 

    Streak day 51.  7.51 miles in 1:15:00.

    For my last two runs on the treadmills at work, I’ve actually been using the “cool down” as an actual cool down.  I ran 1 mile in 10 minutes, then reset the treadmill (60 minute session limit) for another 60 minute session at 6.1 mph, at a 1% incline.

    When the hour was finished, I jogged the cool down at a -3% incline.  Hopefully, this accomplishes two things:  1) actually gives my muscles a chance to cool down, 2) builds a little quad strength from the downhill running motion.  I’ve haven’t had a major problem with my knees so far, so building up quad strength is not a primary concern, but I figure that any strengthening that I do can help keep it that way.

    1 mile in 10 minutes at 1% incline (10’00”)

    6.08 miles in 1 hour at 1% incline (9’53”)

    0.43 mies in 5 minutes at -3% incline  (11’38”)

    RunningAHEAD – Strings_n_88keys’s log: View course: 1% Precor 966i, -3% cool down.

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