On July 22nd, I'm running the Table Rock Trail Race in Stinson Beach, California. This race course goes on some of the most beautiful trails I have ever been on. Paul and I explored some of these trails when we were in Northern Cali several years ago but I have always wanted to go back and spend some more time on them. THIS IS MY OPPORTUNITY AND I AM SO EXCITED!
I signed up for this race in February and opted for the 30k. There is also a half marathon and 10k option. It was never my intention to race this race, just simply go out and have fun!
The “fun” is likely going to last 4-6 hours! The climbs are pretty significant. The first 2.5 miles are uphill. Later there is another 3 mile climb and then a shorter 1-2 mile climb.
Since my training for this is going to be minimal, I envision myself walking during a lot of these climbs. Plus, there gets to be a point where you can walk up a hill just as fast as you can run up it.
Why is my training going to be minimal?
Because I feel like my body has been falling apart!
I have barely been running any miles! Sure, I have been lifting, spinning, arc training, and doing PT exercises out the butt... but I haven't been running much and it seems to not be making any of my problems feel much better!
Here are all my problems...
1. ITB. My normal ITB woes aren't bothering me at all. PT is supposed to be helping that, and it feels fine now, but I don't know if it feels fine due to the PT or just because this is one of those times that it normally would have cycled around to feeling good. So the verdict is still out! If it's not “fixed” this will just go back to being my “Chronic Functional Injury” (thanks for the moniker, Lisa!) and will not deter me from training/running for a “fun” trail race.
2. Pinched Nerve. The original reason I went to PT was because of a pinched nerve in my leg. My pinched nerve has gotten significantly better but it is not “better”. I don't even notice it unless I touch it. Running doesn't bother it and it never has. It's just a really weird feeling and I wish it would go away. I don't think this particular issue will interfere with me doing the race in July, as long as it doesn't decided to get worse. But having a numb portion of my leg is unsettling!
3. PIMA #1 (Pain In My Ass). From time to time I get a pain in my right butt cheek. I have it right now and it hasn't gone away yet. All the other times I had it, it has just gone away on it's own so... hoping it goes away soon.
4. PIMA #2 (Pain In My Adductor). I've had adductor pain before and when I have had it, I just rest 3-4 days and it went away. Well I have tried the 3-4 rest days and it hasn't helped. In fact, after I rested it, it was WORSE. WTF????
You see why I feel like I”m falling apart? Honestly #3 and #4 worry me the most because they popped up during a week I only ran like 15 miles. So they popped up when I was barely running and now, a week and a half later they are still there even though I am barely running. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. Things that don't make sense annoy me.
I feel like I am a mess right now and for no reason. It's frustrating.
I'm not sure what the point of this post was other to tell you I'm excited for my race but right now I am not running much because I want my aches and pains to go away and my body to feel STRONG. I guess I shouldn't worry too much. I can always walk a bunch of it if I need to or do a shorter distance. Tons of options. I just want to run, be in nature, and enjoy the trails in Northern Cali!