Monday, May 08, 2006


Not much new to report. I didn’t do anything on Friday or Saturday – partially because my parents were in town. Sunday I was able to get in a 70-minute mountain bike ride. Some of the best trails in the Twin Cities are about 3 miles from my house. It was a lot of fun, but I’m not sure how much of a workout I got. Most of the trail was single-track with lots of twist and turns and rocks and trees. It wasn’t like I was zipping all over the place. I was just trying to avoid trees and stay upright – which I managed to accomplish.

I’m hoping to get my leg x-rayed tonight. I want to rule out a stress fracture. Even if x-rays aren’t 100% conclusive, I’ll start there. The doctor I saw last year for my foot is also a runner so maybe he’ll have some advice.

You’d think with all the miles I ran over the winter and being on the cusp of the racing season, I’d be really pissed about this injury. However, I’m probably more at peace than I’ve been with other injuries. I think part of the reason is because my last 2 races provided a glimpse of what I’m capable of with my new training program. I know once I get healthy and build back up I’ll run more great times. Sure it’ll be a lot of work, but I know the results will be there. Besides, the people that are important to me wouldn’t care whether I ran 2:05 or 3:05 or 4:05.

Here’s some more stuff from RWTB:

“Yeah, he’s a strange bird, isn’t he? He’s hard to communicate with, but that’s OK, the best ones are.” - Wetmore to Goucher regarding freshman Steve Slattery

Batliner skipped all his classes today to tend to his sore calf, spending the entire day alternately massaging it, icing it, and stretching it. (Hmm, maybe I should try that.)

Hills are the only strength workout that the men are assigned. “The men are doing 85 to 95 miles a week. Trying to do circuits (of weights) would be borrowing Peter to pay Paul. That’d be taking away energy from their running. I leave it up to them if they want to pursue it.” – Wetmore

“Putting in the miles, that’s all it is. That’s Wetmore’s system. Running as many miles as you can for as long as you can. Put in all the miles you can possible handle.” – Berkshire after running 25:50 (1:30 faster than 2 years earlier)

“That guy used to kill me. He used to run laps around me and give me the business for sure. I love that [beating him]. That’s the coolest thing ever.” The interminable hundred-mile weeks now seem worthwhile. – Berkshire, looking at the results of him beating CSU’s Sven Severin

Quote of the day:
“The watch is useless for this workout; there’s no sense in using a watch. I’ll be somewhere on the hill using ridicule and sarcasm.” – Wetmore before a neuromuscular workout.


D said...

I am so impressed with your attitude. When I'm injured I sometimes turn into a whiney baby.

Chad said...

Massoman, let's hope so.

DGC, I may have a different attitude come June 17th when the weather is overcast, 50 degrees with a nice tailwind and I'm watching you (and everyone else) PR at Grandma's.