Welcome to the latest post of Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life. I am also continuing to include another Episode of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom. If you would like to listen to this Running Post, please click on this link:
Since I have injured myself last month, I have been exercising no more than just walking, that is until the end of last week. On Friday I ran so slowly that I could have walked faster! Just kidding. But I did walk 60% of the time, however, especially going uphill. During the 40% of the time that I did run, I felt a few twinges at the bottom of my Gastrocnemius Calf muscle and the top of my Soleus Calf Muscle, which connects to the Achilles tendon. Whenever I did feel a twinge, I stopped running, and walked for a while. At the end of the 3 mile run I felt very good. It was great to be back running again!
On the following day I only walked, and then repeated the 3 mile easy run the next day, Sunday. That time I walked about 55% of the time and ran easily for 45%. On Monday I only walked again. But I did another easy 3 miler on Tuesday, and that time I ran 60% of the time and walked 40%. On Wednesday I played 9 holes of golf and was pain free. On Thursday, I went to the track, warmed up well and then did some “speed play”; i.e. 8 alternating medium speed 100 meter strides, with 100 meter fast walks between. I did not feel any twinges in either my right Soleus or Gastrocnemius Calf muscles. Surprisingly I felt an occasional twinge in my left Soleus Calf muscle during the last few 100 stride repeats, which had not been bothering me at all! I rested one day, and then did an easy 4 ¼ mile run. This time I was totally pain-free!
I had remained injury free for over a year, focusing on long, slow runs and plenty of rest and cross-training (i.e. walking, stretching, push-ups, crunches, and golf) between the runs. It was only recently that I added more than 10% to my long runs every 2 weeks, and I was running 2 days in a row, without resting or cross-training between them. And the worst thing was when I did feel that first pain in my Soleus Calf Muscle last month, I did not stop! I kept running up that hill at my tempo pace! Just plain pig-headed…..
This brings me to my writing. I have published and podcasted a Thriller and 5 Children’s Fantasies. I have been including podcast links to the first 9 episodes of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom, the last Fantasy, in the posts over the last few months. Today I am including Episode 10 of Mr. Wugidgem and the Faces of Freedom. Here is the link:
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