Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Recovery

Recovery is hard. Don't get me wrong, it's much better than not running at all. The hardest part is knowing how much to do and how hard to go. My instinct has always been to run harder uphill. That doesn't work sometimes. I decided against seeking a medical opinion of my Achilles. It seems clear to me I have a classic overuse injury that needs time to heal. Total rest wasn't doing it for me, though. I spent most of six weeks not running much at all. Last week, I took a page from Dr. Pribut and started running regularly again. At this point, I'm up to 4.5 miles at a pace around 8 minutes per mile. I ran the last five days, although once was only a mile after I had too many beers and got excited by the Eagles game. Am I going to long or too hard? I don't know. I go by feel, yet hold myself back from going as hard as I'd like. It feels strange to finish runs not very tired. Whereas I missed running before, I now miss feeling spent. As a diversion -- and under, ahem, encouragement -- I'm diversifying into strength training. First up is the very popular 100 pushup challenge. I haven't technically begun the program just yet. I can do 30 pushups in a row, sometimes 35. Yeah, that sucks, but I'm a runner not a lifter. It seems like I can get to 100 pushups in 3-4 weeks. This is a prelude to my big step: joining a gym. I've never belonged to one of those god-forsaken chambers. The frontrunners are Crunch and New York Health and Racquet, both of which offer a corporate discount. Let me know any input. I like NYHRC because it has a pool at the Upper West Side location.

9 comments:

Laura said...

30 pushups is nothing to sneeze at... I can barely do 15 :)

TunaTacoGrande said...

TTG belongs to NYHRC, though he has really been slacking with his attendance.

It's a decent place. A lot of different locations, which is convenient.

I generally go to the 23rd Street location and watch the Chelsea Boys throw weights around.

I have also been to the location downtown, near Wall Street, to play squash.

ana said...

why does TTG refer to him in third-person manner?

TunaTacoGrande said...

It's an MO of TTG

Pamela said...

Crunch also has a pool, at its 42nd St. location (http://crunch.com/crunch/gyms/location.aspx?id=7). I was considering joining, too. Putting it off and dusting off the home treadmill instead, for now.

ana said...

that MO is also known as multiple-personality disorder, TTG.

happy new year.

Anonymous said...

TTG, it was tired when Suede did it, it's assholery when you do it.

TunaTacoGrande said...

Suede picked this style up from TTG. Suede was a well known follower of TTG's message board antics.

John at Hella Sound said...

I was tempted to join Crunch when I moved to SF, but in doing a little digging around I came across many stories of shady membership practices--most notable being continued billing after membership cancellation. A lot of people seem to have had a negative experience with this, which is too bad. Their gyms look nice, and the ones around here have off-the-beaten-path equipment like heavy bags.