Friday, January 29, 2010

PT Complete

It felt like forever going through it and I often wondered if I made the right choice. Now that it's over it does not seem so bad. I had my foot surgery 57 days ago, stitches out 43 days ago, my first physical therapy session 42 days ago and my last session 2 hours ago. Although there is still some stiffness and soreness my foot is dramatically different (better). Prior to surgery I had about 10 degrees of movement in my big toe both towards and away from me. While the movement has not changed going away much, about 12 degrees, today I had my big toe at about 75 degrees towards me (that is of course the important direction for running, or walking for that matter).

Post surgery photos: Above 5 days, with boot 10 days, right 19 days and at bottom today.

Moving on and back to focusing on running rather than recovery.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Brazil 135 Complete

Congratulations to all those who took part in this years Brazil 135, considered one of the most difficult continuous races on the planet. I must give a particular shout out to Tony Portera who I run with often here in Westchester. Tony was a Rookie at this years event and he completed the course in 53:31 (Truly amazing, way to go Tony). I can't wait to hear all about it. Official results for all the runners can be found here.

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND CHECKING OUT THE FINISH VIDEO ON TONY'S IRUNULTRAS. I think it really captures how special it is to be a part of something like this.

To give you a full understanding of the creation and difficulty of this race, below is a brief explanation from the race website.

BRAZIL 135 ULTRAMARATHON : JANUARY 23rd - 25th - 2010
With 135 miles long the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon is considered the most difficult continuous race in Brazil. The course route is on the Mantiqueira Mountains - ( A Sub Range of the Andes Cordillera ). The race was created by Dr. Mario Lacerda an ultrarunner and Badwater Finisher. The race is held on the most difficult segment of the Caminho da - Path of the Faith, - the longest Pilgrimage in Brazil. The Brazil 135 Ultramarathon is part of the BWWC* a initiative of Chris Kostman the president of the American Company AdventureCorps, that promotes the race Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley - California. The course boasts about 30,000 feet of cumulative ascent and 28,000 feet of cumulative descent, and must be completed within 60 hours. With only ten flat miles in the race, by the finish line the runner will have completed a course that is analogous to climbing up and down Mt. Everest.Like the Badwater Ultramarathon, competitors need to supply their own support crew.The BADWATER WORLD CUP - BWWC - is an international series of 135 - mile races held in exotic locations and extreme conditions. Stay tuned for much more information about these 135-mile Badwater-distance events around the globe. The races from the BWWC* are:

Badwater Ultramarathon - race in the desert
Arrowhead Ultra - race in the snow
BR 135 Ultra - race in the mountains

Congrats again to all who participated in what I am sure was an incredible experience.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Feeling Like I'm Back.... to Back

As it relates to running, the past 2 months have consisted of recovery, therapy, worry, hope and patience (or impatience). While I have made numerous efforts to work out and run/walk since my foot surgery to try and maintain sanity, this week was the first in the last 8 I have considered a true test. I planned and completed:) my first full training week with 4 runs (40 miles) and about 2.5 hours of cross training.

The most significant accomplishment was running back to back days this weekend including 15 miles Saturday and 9 today. Although not very long, back to back is key for me . The back to back long runs have made the most significant difference in my conditioning this past year, and I believe all the physical difference for completing the ultras I have run to date. It is clear my endurance has suffered from the layoff, but my desire and love of running and new experiences has not and for the first time since surgery I have 100% committed to Moab in March.

I can't wait to experience a 100 mile effort. Just the thought of it give me butterflies.

The runs at Rockies yesterday and today were typically beautiful chilly mornings here in Westchester. David and I hit the trail before sunrise around 6am both days, temperatures of 23 and 26 degrees and not another footstep to be heard. I look forward to many more training runs with my friend who is now training for his first marathon which will be at Bear Mountain this May. Certainly a challenging 26.2 for your first or any other.

Photos of Swan Lake at sunrise and David easily cruising the overlook.

Looking forward to all the experiences ahead and mostly to the arrival of "Baby I". Tani is doing great and the date is just 2.5 weeks away.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Oasis...Like it or Not

There are many amazing places to run and I know I have only begun to scratch the surface. I read stories and look at pictures on many different blogs each week and I often dream of running where others have. There is however one place where I have been running for many, many years and I never get bored of it. Perhaps its because I have had no other choice but to make this my home court during the week....or maybe its because of the unique scenery and people you find here on any given day.

New York City's Central Park is truly an oasis. With more than 150 years of history and 843 acres it is truly the city's most significant man made landmark. That's right, the park is 100% man made. I encourage you to read its history, a great story from the original campaign in the mid 1800's, the design competition won by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1858, to its development, growth, refinement and maintenance.

FACT: The first New York City Marathon, was run in Central Park in 1970. 127 runners (1 woman) paid the $1 entry fee to NYRR to participate in a 26.2-mile race that looped several times within Central Park. Fifty-five runners crossed the finish line with Gary Muhrcke taking first place with a time of 2:31:39.

I was 3 years old when that race took place and would be 34 before I ran my first 5k in the park (or anywhere for that matter) and would cross the finish line by Tavern On The Green in my first marathon 6 months later. I have, to name a few things walked, roller bladed, biked, hiked, played ball, eaten and drank in this
amazing place. However, my favorite, my absolute favorite thing
is an early morning run through its quiet streets and paths with a finish at sunrise on the reservoir as the park and city wake up. My camera is hopelessly pitiful in the dark so if these photos don't give you some sense of what I am talking about, then you will just have to visit NYC and see for yourself.

On another note, this morning's run was my 3rd of the week, a cool 8 miles. Despite the continued discomfort in my foot the pain is greatly diminished and I am very hopeful I can start ramping up my training and make it to Moab:) Peace

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