Tuesday, April 19, 2016

shaking off a year of rust

After my last blog post, I ended up getting the lightheaded feeling again. I had put in 3 weeks of solid training, and decided to take a week off. The feelings then essentially went away, with only minor re-occurrences. Ultimately, this seems to be something I'm going to have to live with, in some capacity.

Over the past 6 weeks I've been able to manage 35-45 miles a week, with some focused longer trail runs on weekends. Two weeks ago, I was able to run the Squak mountain 1/2 marathon, and then this past weekend completed the Yakima 25K. The races have served as focused hard efforts, that also allow me to see where my fitness is. 

Having had three significant injuries since August 2014, I'm extremely grateful to be out on the trail with friends again. My focus for this year is on staying healthy, and incorporating slightly less mileage, and more cross training. Biking to work, yoga, self massage, bodyweight workouts, swimming, and periodic visits to my chiro are all part of my training plan. 

I intend to update the blog layout soon (I'd like this to morph into more pictures and various route beta, rather than just a journal). Until then, I'll be running the Sunflower marathon in May, as my annual return to the Methow Valley for a race. From there, the goal is purely summer adventure runs!

Pops, Ethan, Author. Yakima 25K

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I'm back...for now.

Hi blog-world! I'm back! Overview of med issues is below. After a couple of days feeling totally normal, I'm happy to feel as close to 100% as possible. If anything, through this, I've learned how to celebrate and be grateful for each day. Life's short. Our abilities to do amazing things with our bodies don't always last. Enjoy it while you can.

I'll hopefully start to update this with pics/routes/runs, as I return to the trails and get outside more! First race is Yakima Skyline Rim 25K with the old man in April!

July – October 2015 (nuun blog post on subject)
  • Issue: bottom of left foot hurts near the metatarsal heads.
  • Diagnosis: Nerve issue in left foot.
  • Treatment: 2 months rest to no avail. 1 month of work with InHealth Seattle beginning in September. Semi-painful massage on left leg, along with graston work on specific area.
  • Results: Fixed issue
  • Current Status: Ongoing massage on my part – lacrosse ball, and various activities to fully balance out muscles in leg. Many yoga moves help in this whole body strengthening.

November 15 to December 15
  • Issue: Unbalanced, dizziness when I run. Lasts for 4-8 hours post run.
  • Diagnosis: Vertigo, or heart issue
  • Treatment: EKG, Echocardiogram, and blood tests.
  • Results: Everything negative, and ruled out that stuff.
  • Current Status: Go back to Dr, test for benign positional vertigo.

December 15 – January 15, 2016
  • Issue: Unbalanced, dizziness when I run. Lasts for 4-8 hours post run. No change.
  • Diagnosis: Menieres Disease or acoustic neuroma.
  • Treatment: Put me on a diareutic pill to help body not hold on to so much water, which helps patients with Menieres Disease. Pill didn’t help.  Then took hearing tests, and met with an ENT Dr. Diagnosed acoustic neuroma based on moderate hearing loss in left ear.
  • Results: Pill didn’t help. Took hearing exam. Met with ENT Dr. who diagnosed acoustic neuroma based on moderate hearing loss in left ear.
  • Current Status: Go to get eye test, where they induce vertigo by blowing hot air in your ear (literally), then MRI to rule out brain issue or acoustic neuroma.

January 15 – February 1
  • Issue: Unbalanced, dizziness when I run. Lasts for 4-8 hours post run.
  • Diagnosis: acoustic neuroma or brain tumor
  • Treatment: Get eye exam, then get MRI.
  • Results: Eye exam showed rapid eye movements that they thought indicated issue in brain. MRI taken, came back normal, no issues at all!
  • Current Status: Told me to see a vestibular rehab PT. I decided against, and instead jog 2-3 miles 5-7 days a week and hope body started to correct/re-balance itself. After a couple weeks of this, it's starting to pay dividends and I'm noticing a change.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Lapse in Communication

Dear Reader,

I apologize for the lapse in communication. The world is a vast, deep, and full of potential. On occasion, the author can become sidetracked. Ultimately, sidetracked by the unexpected experiences that catalog one's life.

I haven't been able to keep up the way I would like. No matter, one can always start anew.

The summer's plans have quickly changed. One fifty mile 'race' that turned into a hike, dotted with forays into paddle boarding, cyclocross, mountain biking, road biking, open water swimming, paragliding, November Project, relay races, music, concerts, unexpected travels, bachelor parties, best man speeches, art shows, museums, and never to be left out, good food.

I don't know how often I'll update this. I'll continue to seek out nature, life experiences, and consistently throw myself into things I'm ill-prepared for.  But I'll continue to post photos, of life, of adventures, and of things that may not make sense.



Sunday, February 15, 2015

2015 Crap I'm Getting Into

The following post is accompanied by many Marshawnisms (all taken verbatim from this). Enjoy.

"Don't trip. It's alright." 

Patience. While the foot has healed, I've stayed patient, engaging in plenty of other activities. So now on to the fun. If you're reading this, and you want in, let me know. It's the company that makes it fun.

"It's gettin' real in the field." - Running Races

  • Sun Mountain 50M, May 16 - The Sun Mountain races are where it all started in 2010. Last year I missed for the first time since then. It's my own personal 'homecoming'. I'll run it hard, assuming I'm healthy, targeting a 50M PR.
  • IMTUF 100, September 19 - The Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Festival 100 is the 'race' 100. I say that lightly, because I don't think looking at 100's as races makes much sense. A beautiful, tough, remote, full loop 100, that starts and finishes at the Burgdorf Hot Springs. 

"I don't know what the hell that was, but I like it." - Adventure Runs

  • East Pasayten 100 Mile/Boundary Trail CrossingLuke's blog post deserves all credit. I wanted to do this last fall. Legit point-to-point 100.
  • Hells Canyon Rim-to-RimNorth America's deepest river gorge (bet you didn't know that). This is potentially nuts, and involves a major crossing of the Snake River.
  • Mount Hood Circumnavigation - Volcano in Oregon. Lots of people have done it. I haven't.
  • Olympic National Park Crossing - Basically, some form of thorough molestation of the Olympic National Park. Various route options available.

"I respect your pimpin', gangsta." - Swimming Races

  • Portland Bridge Swim - 11 mile open water swim under a bunch of bridges in PDX. My buddy may be having a bachelor party conflict with that weekend though, so this may not happen.
  • Masters Swim Meet - I figure it would be good to go to a meet, and test some sprint speed. I'll feel old. 

"That's that new jack city, boy!" - Other Activities

  • Mount Rainier Climb - May happen, may not. Kresser practically lives on it, so why not.
  • Race a 5K
  • Race a road marathon
  • SUP Race - Need to purchase a SUP for this to happen. Would be fun, even if I get dead last.

I'm sure other things will be added. Just looking to have fun, keep a variety of interests and activities, and include some major long runs.