My daughter was in a bad car wreck last Friday night; (see photo from wrecking yard). She broke her left wrist and banged-up her knees and right leg quite a bit. She will do ok, and so will the person that caused the accident. My daughter was borrowing one of our vehicles when the wreck happened. Luckily, my grandson and nobody else was in the car. The insurance thing is going ok, (at least for me). I should have a check within 2 weeks for the car, but I know they will take a while to settle with my daughter for medical and lost work time. We ended up having our grandson over at our house for a lot of this last week to help her and her S.O. out. So things have been real busy at home, in addition to tons of stuff going on at work for me and my spouse. It has been an absolutely BRUTAL week.
I'm still not hitting the training as hard as I did before my last 100-miler. In part, it's due to the events of the last week. I'm also still in recovery mode somewhat, so I'm not putting in the miles so much during the week, but I still save the weekends for my higher mileage runs. I've also "run the gauntlet" of having everyone around me sick (before and after the 100-miler), and I still did NOT get sick. I think this is due to not pushing myself as hard after the 100-mile race, (when my immune system is usually comprimised). Yes, I am getting smarter with age!
Here's my last week's training: Saturday: 18-mile trail run at SM Park in dry conditions at 40 degrees F, or so. I wore shorts. Note: I found a wild rose bush while bushwhacking, and ripped the crap out of my exposed legs. Only superficial damage, though...I ran for the next 2 hours with blood dripping from them.
Sunday: 10.35 miles on the WyCo course with 5000' of elevation change. I also went hiking and trailrunning with my grandson and dog later at WyCo, and took down some more trail markings from my race.
Monday: Massive Gym routine, no running.
Tuesday: Very warm night with record high temps. (We've gone from zero F to 79 degrees within the span of a week). Night trailrunning for two 4.7-mile loops with the Trail Nerds. We did the first loop in 39 minutes and the 2nd loop in 35 minutes. I was leading.
Wednesday: 1-hour Gym routine, no running.
Thursday: Night running with group for one 6-mile mini-loop at WyCo. I didn't do a 2nd loop, even though I wanted to. My knees have been "talking to me" since the race, but are almost back to normal. (I didn't want to ruin my plans for running long on the weekend).
Friday (this morning): Massive-superset gym routine, with additional 20 sets of abs. Holy crap, I felt strong! 'Must have been the coffee.
Plans for the weekend: Tomorrow: 22-mile trail run at SM Park. Host a bachelor party for Alex on Saturday night! Sunday: 10-mile trail run at WyCo, (quite probably with a hangover).
I find ways to enjoy life as much as I can. Also, life's too short to treat people poorly.
I'm into long runs in the park, consuming salt, popping blisters,
eating roadkill & tree bark, and burying whiners in shallow, unmarked
graves. I also enjoy designing trail race courses that would make the
Marquis de Sade blush.
A fun time for me would include banging muddy shoes together, setting
broken bones with a machinist's vise, and duct-taping-down any part of my
body that is bleeding or just flopping-about uselessly.
What helps me to be an active trailrunner and grandpa?
1) Daily sponge baths with bovine stem cells;
2) Copious amounts of delicious & nutritious homebrewed beer; and
3) My secret elixir...Bicarbonate of Figleaf.