Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Week in the Life of TRONK...........

The last couple of weeks have been very interesting, busy and a lot of fun. I got to start working out last Monday, so I decided to go for a walk/run to see how things would go. I have heard that running is a lot like riding a bike. Once you learn how, you don’t forget. Well the first time I started running, somehow it felt weird. I wasn’t sure if I was waiting for pain, pleasure or somewhere in between but every time I took a step I was waiting for that agony to come, a lot like when the dentist is drilling in your mouth. I did a walk/run for about 30 minutes and was satisfied with the effort.

With that behind me and me feeling pretty good, Tuesday night my friend Mark and I went out to ride the bike trail from Mineral Ridge to Canfield and back. It is about 22 miles round trip and I was up for the challenge. It was a bit cold but once we got going we were plenty warm. We rode out nice and smooth and felt great. Once we turned around we realized we were riding into a head wind and drafted off of each other to return to the Ridge efficiently as possible. I was good and tired after the ride but two good workouts in a row felt great after 4 months of layoff.

Wednesday I headed to the YMCA in Youngstown to swim with Sue, who is one of the ladies, I coach with in the winter swim season. She had a nice little workout in mind so we swam about 1700 yds. in 45 minutes. Sue then went on to teach swim lessons and I drove home and got in another 30 minute walk/run, this time walking about 10 minutes and running 20. The knee still felt pretty good.

Thursday my brother and I hit the links and played 14 holes of golf in Hubbard. I hit the ball often so I figure I had a decent day of work. It was a day off of the pounding on the knee and I enjoyed every one of the 100 or so strokes I took (I am big on practice swings – but I don’t always see the benefit).
Friday we were preparing to leave for Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling WVA so I came home from work early and got a straight 25-minute run in. I was feeling it a bit in my knee so I decided I would do nothing but walk on Saturday at the track meet.

Kyrsti ran the steeplechase Friday night and although it was not the time she was looking for, she broke her personal best and lowered the school record at the same time (she is the record holder for this event at Seton Hill). We were very proud of her!

While in Wheeling we stayed at the Spring Hill Marriott, which sits a top of a giant hill in Wheeling. The views are awesome and from one side of the hotel it overlooks the track.

Saturday Morning we headed to the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville Ohio. Kyrsti was not slated to run until 3:00 or so in the afternoon so after our complimentary breakfast we headed back to Ohio for the mall. I am not a big shopper but I had fun walking around, stretching my legs and doing one of my favorite hobbies; people watching.

As we were finishing up our ‘Tour De Mall’ a young girl approached me and asked if I would participate in a survey and she would pay me some cold hard cash. I reluctantly said yes and the questions began. As Taylor and Pam were standing there, they both agreed to participate in the survey also. My girls name was Kasey and she refused to have her picture taken for this report. In fact, she had never heard of a blog or the Internet for that matter. Pam was questioned by Mitzy (only in WVA) and a young man with a ponytail down to his rear end interviewed Taylor. After we provided them with some preliminary info, they took us into the office and presented us with eye tests and product placement to see what would catch our eyes at the grocery store. It was kind of neat and kind of scary at the same time. After we completed the surveys, Taylor and I were paid $6.00 each and Pam was paid $9.00 (because she was a female in between the ages of 23 and 50 and had bought a roll of paper towel in the last 3 months).

We then grabbed a bite to eat and headed to the track meet to watch Kyrsti run the 5K. It was getting hot and was very sunny and I knew it was going to be difficult for her. We encouraged both her and her friend Andra to do well. As we were waiting for the race, an elderly man collapsed and the ambulance and fire truck responded.

The race soon started and Kyrsti was on pace for several laps but I think the heat got to her and she slowed down considerably. Several girls in the race were seeded to run sub 19:00 minute 5K’s but no one was breaking 19:00 today. Kyrsti finished 9th overall, was seeded 11th and had a time of 20:45. It was not her best but given the conditions this was very respectable. She made her daddy very proud the way she supported her teammate Andra who ran her last race as a senior at SHU.
We got home late Saturday night and I planned on running in the morning at Mill Creek. At about 10:00 am Sunday morning I headed to the park and started my run around Lake Newport, on the side of the road in sort of the gravel trail that runs along the road. My pace was slow and I was planning on running until it either got uncomfortable or I got too tired – whichever came first. I ran for about 30 minutes before I took my first walk break. I adjusted my brace, had a little drink, and started running again slowly. I felt really good and decided to jump on the trail for a bit. It was very difficult to maneuver over the rocks and roots with the brace so I power walked the trail and got back on the road at the first chance. Once I returned to the covered bridge, I ran down the road section to the Silver Bridge and returned to the Mill on the trail (walking most of it again). I went for 66 minutes and was feeling pretty darn good about myself!

Monday morning I woke up with some swelling and tenderness on my newly surgically repaired knee. I took some vitamin I, attended drills at the Fire Dept. and took some more vitamin I before bed. Pam and I walked for 30 minutes Monday night around town and tonight we walked for 40 minutes and it doesn’t feel too bad. Hopefully tomorrow I will be out again. Stay Tuned!

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Glad to see you're back running running again so soon! I had the same uneasy feeling both times when I came back from my stress fractures. You definitely get paranoid after having a big injury.