Monday and Wednesday I ran the same 5.8 mile route, at about the same speed. The route, our on-street winter loop, has more hills than the paths we take in summer. Still, I felt fine after Monday’s run and went into Wednesday’s brimming with confidence. Wouldn’t you know it? My knee hurt after the run,Continue reading “Frustrating”
Good news #1: I ran six miles on the Jackson Junior High track yesterday, at a nearly steady 7:11/mile pace, with… no knee pain! Good news #2: In my virtual cross-country run, I have made it 3572.6 miles and have just entered the last state on the route, which is coincidentally also my home state,Continue reading “Yay! And yay!”
A 3.8 mile run around my neighborhood on Tuesday went pretty well, with my sciatica giving me more trouble than my knee did, which is fine, since I have a lot of experience with my sciatica and know it will get better, whereas this knee thing is anybody’s guess. The fact that this was justContinue reading “Update”
On Saturday, I went out for what I hoped would be an eight to ten mile run. The weather forecast called for rain, but it was sunny and mild when I got started, heading north from the Sellwood Bridge along the Willamette. The first few miles, my knee felt fine but I found myself strugglingContinue reading “A running convalescence”
I ran five miles Wednesday evening, with some knee tightness most of the way. I’ve been happy with the knee’s recovery since then. I feel it sometimes, especially when I’ve been sitting at my desk too long, and double-especially when I cross my good leg over my bad knee, something I’ve been trying my bestContinue reading “Knee”
It’s clear my knee rehabilitation is going to be at least a medium-term project, if not a long one. Monday night I again ran only two miles before deciding I was experiencing too much tightness and discomfort. I’ll try again tonight, and again be ready to stop early.
I ran today for the first time in a week. That’s a very long gap of time for me; first, I was incredibly sore from the marathon, then, I came down with a cold. I can’t say I was surprised to get the cold — it seems like a pretty common pattern for me toContinue reading “Recovery”
“Waddle on, friends” is how John “the Penguin” Bingham always ends his Runner’s World column. He’s the poster child for slower, new-to-running middle aged folks, hence the waddling. I don’t think I waddled through the marathon two days ago, but I’ve certainly been waddling since. My legs are only marginally better than yesterday. At leastContinue reading “Waddle On, Friends”
I’m unbelievably sore today. My calves are tight and painful too, along with my thighs, even though I didn’t notice anything wrong my calves yesterday. I think my overall condition is as bad as it was after marathon #1. I guess that makes sense… you’re going to suffer more after those marathons in which youContinue reading “One day later and I am very sore”
Official results: 3:28:55 (7:59/mile). 747/8091 finishers, 647/3825 men, 127/635 men aged 35-39. Holy sacred guacamole, am I happy to have finished the Portland Marathon this year. And I hit my goal time too! Just finishing, with this runner’s knee of mine, is a huge thrill. That said, this ended up as kind of an uglyContinue reading “Race Report: 2009 Portland Marathon”
Knee kinda-mostly-sorta held up. 3:28:55, with a big slowdown in the last few miles. Happy! Very tired.
Bowpicker, Astoria, OR. Located across from the Columbia River Maritime Museum, in the converted gillnet boat. Corner of 17th & Duane St. Astoria, OR 97103. This is a food cart in the form of a boat. The boat is on land, but it’s still a real boat. There’s a little set of stairs going upContinue reading “Bowpicker Fish and Chips in Astoria, Oregon has the goods”
The Portland Marathon is three days away! Everybody ready? Everybody keeps asking me “how’s your knee?” And I always have to say “I don’t know.” Then they look at me funny. How can you not know how your knee is? And I go on and explain that my knee feels fine for six miles worthContinue reading “The Unknown”