Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hillbilly Heaven

No long run this past weekend. We went up to the cabin instead. It was unseasonably cold and wet, but we made the best of it. I got out for two 40 minute runs over the three days. It was a good break, actually, because I’ve been feeling some pains in my right ankle and I think that it needed the rest.

There was no time to do any really good trail adventuring up there with the kiddos to entertain. But I did find a nice side trail right next to the Pony Express Trail, where our little piece of heaven is. And I’m so used to the unseasonably cold weather that I just ran in a run tee and shorts early in the morning and felt totally comfortable.

The girls cried when we left and they’ve already started asking to go back up the cabin. We’ve got some budding mountain women here!

My ankle is feeling better – I think the aching is caused by me curling up and clenching my right foot. I do it unconsciously; I think it’s where my stress goes. Weird huh? So I’ve been concentrating on relaxing it totally. And when I run faster it goes away, but if I run “easy” it isn’t easy at all. My body makes no sense at all. I think the painful parts are the tendons of the muscles underneath my large calf muscle that emerge underneath the Achilles and insert into the arch area of my foot. It sometimes feels like my Achilles tendon is hurting (which freaks me out) but then I poke at it and it doesn’t hurt at all. But if I trace where these smaller muscles and tendons attach I can feel the soreness.

It also looks like I’m going to postpone my 50k debut for awhile. DH (darling husband) has to work that weekend and there’s no one to care for the kids. I think it’s for the best anyway with this ankle thing bugging me a bit. I could use a few more longer runs – so I’m looking to probably do Skyline to the Sea in September instead. If things are going very well I may even do my debut at Run on the Sly up near the cabin. We’ll see.