PM: 52:30 :: 9M (3x3on/2off), 1M - 5:05, 1/2M -2:27
I decided to do a little hard running tonight. It turned out to be a bit warmer than I expected so I once again turned into a mobile sweat sprinkler by runs end. Katie biked along with me and, along with providing a water bottle, served to give me something to chase. This lead to some faster splits than I thought possible. I was definitely feeling it after finishing. I'm just trying to make it through these dog days.
I met with Dr. Pierce this morning and I got "news" (hard to classify as good or bad). As it turns out I don't have one sports hernia - I have two (bilateral) and a good ole' traditional hernia in my upper abdomen. That equals three. Thats a lot. I have surgery scheduled for November, after the JFK 50 mile. It will be my first surgery ever. Its hard not to be a little nervous, even though its routine. On the upside, I get a week off from work. It looks like there will be no running for two weeks and after that only a little here and there through six weeks post-op. I can handle that (especially in December). The success rate is about 75-80%. Crossed-fingers.
In the meantime I need to work on the underlying causes of the injury. Namely, lack of flexibility and core strength. The core strength factor will be hard to address with the ever-present pain, but the flexibility I should be able to improve. Stretching, eck. Necessary evil, I suppose. Also I'll just keeping plugging away at the miles and workouts, doing what I can. I still think I'm capable of some pretty good times this fall. Now I just need to prove it.
The Iowa Straw Poll is coming: