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On Sunday, I ran in the first annual Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race.  This race is the first of six in the USATF New England Mountain Running Series, with other races in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

S.H. Mtn Race

The race was co-organized by 2011 U.S. and World Mountain Running Champion Kasie Enman and held in her back yard (literally) on the trails of the Sleepy Hollow Inn and X-C Ski Center.

With the preceding two weeks of wet weather here in VT, it was expected that the 10K course would be on the muddy side… and muddy it was!!  There were sections of ankle deep mud and saturated meadows that looked dry until you ran through them.  There were also sections of runner friendly single track and wide grassy trails.  Oh, and hills.  There were a few hills to run up, and down.  After all, it is part of a mountain series.

Uphill Start

Uphill Start

The race started with a climb for the first 9/10 of a mile to the highest point.  To make things interesting, there was a special prize (VT Maple Syrup of course) for the first man and woman to reach the top of the first climb.  The entire second mile was downhill.  This is where we encountered some of the first serious mud of the day.  Mile three sent us back up hill rather abruptly for the longest climb of the course.  Just over a mile long, the second climb continued with the muddy-trail motif.  Mile four sent us back down hill, this time on some drier terrain.  Mile five offered a little more single track, less mud and less climbing.  Mile 6 was all down hill again along a wide soft grassy road that let you enjoy the run instead of deciding where and where not to step.

Choosing an aggressive soled shoe for this course was very important.  I decided to wear my Inov-8 Oroc 340’s because of the giant lugs on the bottom and because I converted my Talon 212’s into road shoes by shaving the lugs off them.  I noticed that the Inov-8 Talon 212 was a popular choice for this race, as was the Roclite 295. As a Physical Therapist, I really like the Inov-8 brand.  I think they have a great philosophy and design.  I was curious to see what other styles of Inov-8 were at this race.  Here’s what I found.

X-Talon 190

X-Talon 190

Roclite 295

Roclite 295

Terafly 303

Terafly 303

F-Lite 230

F-Lite 230

Oroc 340

Oroc 340

I noticed that even Scott Mason, the race photographer had Roclites on.

Race Photographer Scott Mason

The race photographer – Scott Mason

There were 136 runners at this years race and ZERO injuries that required medical attention!!  Overall it was a great day!!

Kasie

Kasie

A much deserved rest

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14 Weeks to Boston:

The stair step exercise and the elliptical machine both felt fine on Thursday and Friday so I got out the door first thing Saturday morning excited that my foot was going to feel great on my first run.  I decided 4 miles would be enough to assess everything and not over do it.  The temperature was 18 degrees and there was some light snow still falling, putting the final touches on the new 5 inch layer.   The dirt road I live on usually gets packed down pretty well before the plows come by so I figured my new Inov-8 Oroc 340’s would work nicely.  The road was a mix of packed snow, loose snow and ice and the shoes worked very well- they gripped on to all of it.

The run was good.  My legs felt like they could have gone forever.  As expected, my lungs were protesting that the first run in 2 months was in 18 degrees.  My foot was so-so.  It started out well but had some discomfort along the way.  Even though it was minimal and eventually passed, I was hoping for no hint of the original pain, so that’s a little frustrating.  There was no discomfort for the rest of the day which was good.  So, what to do now- eight weeks of rest should have been enough to recover from any running related injury.  If I don’t start running now, I won’t have enough training volume to reach my goal for Boston…

So I got up this morning and ran another 4 miles.  I’m thinking that my strategy at this point will be to try to run through it since all I felt yesterday was a mild discomfort.

This morning my legs were a little tight at the start of this run but everything else felt the same.  No discomfort in my foot at the start, a little in the middle of the run and it was gone by the time I got home.


I’ll take tomorrow off to let my legs recover a bit and assess whether my foot is any worse off.  I’ll go for another 4 easy miles on Tuesday before I swim.


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15 Weeks to Boston:

Over the past week my foot has continued to show a lot of improvement!  Now instead of having an hour out of the day where my foot doesn’t hurt, I have just a few incidences through the day where I’m only slightly aware of any discomfort.  I’m feeling like it’s ready to start training for Boston.

Something happened psychologically for me too.  I really feel like running again!  Over the past month I didn’t feel like I was missing anything because I didn’t have that desire to run.  But even when we were getting rain over this past weekend I really wanted to get out and run.  Maybe it was the nice weather, maybe my body has fully recovered from a long season of racing, maybe it was my new shoes.  I bought some Inov-8 Oroc 340’s and F-lite 220’s and they arrived late last week.  Either way I feel like running again and I’m very excited about that!

I want to head out the door tomorrow and run 5 miles, but that wouldn’t be a wise decision.  Over this week I’ve been slowly increasing the amount of force I put into my foot by adding a little more dynamic movement each day.  Yesterday, in addition to my regular hip & core strength routine, I did some heel raises on a step and spent some time stretching my calves (I’ll put up a post on my favorite way to stretch calves soon) – today I did inversion/eversion (side-to-side movements of the foot/ankle) and lunges—everything still feels good!!  Tomorrow I’ll try the elliptical machine.  Friday I’ll do some easy step-up’s and a couple more dynamic exercises.  If all goes well, I’ll head out for a couple miles on Saturday and slowly build from there.

I started a weekly swim clinic yesterday.  I needed some motivation to get to the pool more than twice a month.

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