5 Feb 2014, 9:22pm
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checking in

hiya, blog. it’s been a while. in december, i set some goals for 2014. somehow, it’s already february, and i wanted to check in about how i’m doing with them. here they are.

1. run enough to run healthy (i.e., stop getting injured when i push hard at road races, which happened several times in 2013)

i haven’t run since december 1st, when i totally rocked the seattle half marathon, finishing in less than two hours and blowing my previous PR out of the water. an hour or so later, my foot was killing me. my injury is similar to the injury i sustained at my marathon in april, except on the other foot. i’m not sure what is causing these injuries, exactly (my shoes? my stride? running on concrete and asphalt? undertraining? probably not overtraining), but i have been seeing a physical therapist, working on my strength, and cross-training by bouldering, lifting, swimming from time to time, and using the elliptical. at this point, my foot doesn’t hurt most of the time, but it’s still stiff and sore when i wake up in the morning, and i’m not ready to run again. i want to do recovery right, i.e. slowly — i think i said that last time, and then i got excited to be running again, and running fast, too.

here’s a way to think about this: months and months ago, when i had more free time and was spending a lot of it consuming all the media related to ultrarunning that i could get my hands on, i read this blog post, the gist of which is: training for an ultra? everything is ultra training! and then today i read this interview with ultrarunning legend ann trason, in which the interviewer says of trason’s recent decade-long break from ultrarunning:

“Sometimes, in a really long ultra, we’ve got to take a long break. We’re talking a nap on a cot, an hour in the chair, four pukes in the woods, some period of time where we sit things out and let our bodies and minds undergo a system re-set. After that, we get up and go again.”

good metaphor, right? apply it literally to running a race. apply it figuratively to training for the race. to running in general. to the pursuit of just about any goal. so, i’m still training. still pursuing these goals. one way, if not another.

2. complete a 50km trail race

see above. i registered for june’s smith rock ascent 50k before getting injured, but i’m pretty sure that particular race is not realistically in reach. in december, thinking my injury would heal quickly, i wrote out a long training plan and copied each run into my 2014 planner. every day or two i cross another one out. with any luck, i’ll be able to run the 15-mile race instead.

when i’m back to running, i’ll recalibrate my goals. some possibilities: the mckenzie river trail run (september), the oregon coast 50k (october), the silver falls 50k (november), or the frozen trail runfest (december).

3. invest time and money in my photography business and make it awesome

i wish i had more time for this, but that’s not a good excuse. i am working with a graphic designer friend on polishing my branding, and hope to get a proper portfolio website together soon. i just set up my first google adwords campaign. i photographed an elopement last week. it was great. want to do more.

4. move out of my parents’ place (heeeeey)

i think i’m less than a month away from this. i’ve never lived alone before — i lived in dorms in high school, and dorms and shared apartments and houses in college and afterwards. i’ve been staying with my folks since i left california this past summer. soon i will have my own small studio apartment. my own kitchen. i mean, shared with ravi & anoushka, of course. i’m sure they will make themselves at home.

5. do an unassisted pull-up

now this i have been really plugging away at. practicing negatives (jumping up to the bar and lowering myself as slowly as possible), practicing with the assisted pull-up machine at the gym (i can do three pull-ups with 40lbs of assist weight), bouldering at the climbing gym, working on my strength. wanna see my guns? here’s where i’m at, today –

yup, i just put a picture of myself flexing my not-very-impressive(-yet) biceps on the internet.

6. ride bikes on dirt (xc and/or cx!!)

this is something i intend to do this summer.

7. practice vulnerability and intimacy

this is #&%!ing hard, but i’m trying.

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