Monday, February 21, 2011
Once the knee was feeling better, I decided to test out my maximum heart rate on the treadmill. I managed to push my heart to 191 beats per minute! Not too bad. My whole body felt pretty darn tired after that test. My left knee was a bit more achy than usual and my feet and calves were sore from the fast running and pounding. I don't think my running form was perfect at top speed. I was limping around the rest of the day...mostly sore feet and calves. My knee may have hurt too, but it was overshadowed by the new foot and calf pains. I don't think it was the wisest thing to test out my maximum heart rate this early in the season. Live and learn.
Over the next few days, the balls of my feet recovered quickly, but my left calf still felt tight and sore. I took it easy all week leading up to the Kennekuk 28-mile Fat Ass run this past weekend. Lots of short, easy runs. My left calf never got worse, but it didn't get much better either. When it came time for the Fat Ass on the Lake Mingo trail, I knew I wouldn't do the whole thing. I figured 2 loops (about 14 miles) would be good. The trail was mostly clear of snow and ice except for a few areas. Still, the ground was fairly hard and uneven for the first early loop. I was done after just 7.1 miles. The slope of the trail, with constant ups and downs, twists and turns, beat my calf up. After a few beers the calf felt much better, but the damage was already done. Later in the day it was tighter and more sore than usual. I must have strained a muscle during the previous week's maximum heart rate test and aggravated it during the Lake Mingo trail run. My wife has been massaging the calf--it feels good for a couple of hours, then the soreness returns. I'll run easy each day this week and see how things turn out. No running "around the world" with Tony Mangan this week.
Hopefully the calf will be fine by March 12 and the Land Between the Lakes race.