Me, minus the medal and bib - Oli Scarff
I took a week off from running while waiting on an injury prognosis. Here's what I learned.
Rest is the easiest thing one can do; all runs are voluntary and require being set into motion. Two weeks ago I realized that my leg was a bit worse off than it has been over the course of the past few years. I took a week off, and since then I've learned a good bit about running. Here's a non-comprehensive list of things that I've noticed:
- It's really, really easy to fall out of the habit of getting up at 5:30 AM to run. One week off absolutely crushed my ability to get out of bed.
- The first run back has great potential to be a kid-in-the-candy-shop type situation. When unsure about the extent and nature of an injury, it's necessary to hold back. These two things do not mesh well.
- Time spent not running is time spent doing house work and the like. I got a pantsload done Columbus Day weekend.
- No matter how much you think about how to describe your injury, you're probably going to sound like a fool when talking to a doctor or physical therapist.
- It's more difficult to explain why in the hell you want to run a 50 mile race to a doctor.
- Shoe wear patterns aren't always a perfect way to analyze your stride: my sole wear pattern is a decidedly mid-foot wear pattern. Per my therapist, the pain and soreness that I've experienced are probably the results of limited ankle motion (dorsiflexion: ENHANCE) and the increased strain on my calf due to that limited motion.
- Dorsiflexion is a pretty cool term.
- A week off doesn't hinder running ability too much. We'll see how this Saturday's long run goes, but so far I've handled two 6 mile jaunts without any issues whatsoever aside from the early mornings.