I particularly enjoyed his last post where he talks about what a bad ass my dad was as a young runner when I was a small child (his personal best in the marathon was 2:36!). Sometimes I wish I could grasp more, when I was young, that he was so fast and been able to watch, ask questions and learn. But, of course, kids are kids and I don't remember caring that much that my parents and family ran or how talented they were. I was just a kid, screwing off, doing my own thing or whatever.
Well, here's to you dad! Below are a couple photos my mom sent me of my dad running back in the day...
|(My dad at the Lake Sammish Marathon back in the day! I'm the little kid holding the papers in the front of the photo.)|
|(My dad, again, at the Lake Sammish Marathon back in the day...bad ass shot!)|
Well, I ran once a couple weeks ago and that's it since the Tonto.
I seem to have a bit of a tender spot that has flared up again after the Tonto and I am a little concerned about it. The tender spot is under the pad of my left pinkie toe. I'm not sure what it it (stress fracture, ligament issue or something else) but I am sure that it is now a reoccurring thing that seems to not want to totally go away with minimal rest that I have given it in the past.
So... I am committed to getting rid of it by taking a bit more time off than usual. Basically, I am going to climb, hike, bike, and work on general strength and range of motion stuff to keep myself distracted as much as I can until I have no discomfort in that spot long enough to forget about it. Then, when I can get started running again, I'm going to take my sweet old time building back up the miles and monitor the foot. If pain comes back then I will take even longer off next time.
Hopefully, this will get me back running again in time for the fall season but we will see. I've got some options for some really cool long runs late in the summer and into the fall so I'm crossing my fingers to be in shape again for those. We will just have to be patient and see if I can get there with my foot. Otherwise, I might just accidentally get back into climbing shape and start pushing myself again on the rocks. That would be rad too, so I guess I can't go wrong either way. We will just have to see how it all plays out.