Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Caution Speed Bump

First thing's first.  Yesterday I received a wonderful card in the mail from my friends at the Boston Athletic Association:

Classy, huh?

They even mail you your race packet!  Now that's an entrance fee put to good use.

Last night I ran 7 miles around 7:30pm.  I wore my reflective belt and carried a small flashlight.  No raccoon or possum sightings (Thank God!).

Tonight I ran to the high school track (1.25 miles from my house) to do speed work.  The parking lot was packed at 7pm. As I was looking around I tripped over a speed bump and slid as though I was sliding into home plate, except on pavement instead of dirt.  I haven't wiped out running in years (I fell off a curb near my parents' house about twenty years ago.  My bright yellow Sony walkman was the only casualty.).  My hands were scraped up, as well as my knees.  My biggest concern was any sprains or fractures.  My knee was a little out of whack, but nothing that an easy jog couldn't fix.  I was lucky.

At the track I did 6x100s in between 22-24 seconds each.  I also ran 6x400s at about 1:41 seconds each.  These drills were suggested by my "unofficial" running coach (Unofficial meaning I'm pretty sure he doesn't know he's my running coach).  My "coach" is a former sub 31 minute 10k runner.  Yep, sub 31.  Who runs that?  That's sub-elite territory.  Anyway, 'twasn't easy.  Tonight is the first night I actually pushed myself since the marathon.  I might take the next couple of days off before my 10k Saturday.  It's been an extremely low mileage week so I might do a couple of miles just out of pure guilt.  We shall see...

A couple of minor scrapes

The hands burned a little.


  1. Ouch! Well, that can't be as bad as falling off a treadmill. After closing your eyes.
    How does your knee feel?

    1. Oh no! Did you really fall off a treadmill? Were you hurt badly? I'm fine. No real damage.

    2. Geez! - I'm glad you're recovering in time for Sunday's race. I had a horrible spill two years ago:

      Nice speed work BTW. 1:41 400's is wicked fast.

    3. I read your post about your fall. I would be freaked out lying in the driveway bleeding in the dark. Your wife is a saint! I didn't use any neosporin on my hand cut. Maybe I should do that...

    4. Glad it was just scrapes! I have bad dreams about injuring myself and having to stop running... Urg. Who has that kind of nightmare!? Why can't I just dream about forgetting my pants like normal people?

    5. Running must be ingrained in your brain. That's a good thing.

  2. Replies
    1. I hope so!! I imagine we'll be in the same wave at the start.