Monday, June 29, 2009


The first tentative if not clunky steps of my rehab will begin tomorrow as my cast boot arrived today.
As I said yesterday I've put no time limit on my recovery,for the next two weeks I'll be clunking around like Robocop getting used to the cast boot b4 begining physical therapy and going from there.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Out Of The Silent Planet

Alright, after two weeks of several differing emotions,self doubt,self loathing,anger,apathy,denial you name it I'm ready to put it all behind me and start over.
I'm currently waiting for my cast boot to arrive,that was my option to deal w/ my tendon injury,the cortizone shot to me was a short term solution to a long term problem,it's akin to putting a band aid on a knife wound and a cast for three weeks was not an option,I had to do that on my left foot w/ my stress fracture 18 months ago,I couldn't do that again,at least w/ the boot I can take that off.
Once the boot gets here I can start my rehab,after two weeks of the boot I can begin physical therapy and we'll go from there,I've set no time limits on coming back,it'll be when it'll be,first and formost I have to get the tendon healthy,once that happens I'll resume running,I've missed just going out to run and I want to enjoy that b4 returning to training.
In lieu of my running I'm currently writing a music blog"For Those About To Rock" at
For those who doubt the "healing power of music"read my recent entry on "The Story Of Anvil" between that and watching the final day of the USATF C'ships from Oregon I've found the desire to pick myself up,dust myself off and get back to doing what I do best,long live rock and long live running.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Life's A Lemon And I Want My Money Back

This entry should've been written a week ago,the truth is I've had a hard time coming to terms w/ the fact that not only is my outdoor track season now shut down but also my dream of being World Champion has also been taken away from me.
Linford Christie once said and I quote"as an athlete you're always injured"and it's true but this tendon injury just refuses to go away,despite numerous treatments and lay offs I was bothered by it right after my last workout,that after I hadn't ran for two weeks,I realized then that to go to Lahti for Worlds was pointless,I'd missed 4 weeks of training,3 weeks where I couldn't run at all and 1 week of easy miles to get back into the swing of things.
I vividly remembered 08 Indoor Nationals when I was chronically undertrained,I said then I'd never go to a major c'ship that undertrained again and that was only three days in Boston,I couldn't see spending two weeks in Finland at less than my best.
There'll be other World Championships,right now I need to focus on getting my tendon 100% healthy,once that happens I'll begin to run again and start to get back into race shape.
I'll check in periodically to let you know how my recovery is going and what I'm up to.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Judas Is Rising

"White bolts of lightning came out of nowhere,blinded the darkness created the storm
War in the heavens vengence ignited,torment and tempest attacks like a swarm
Forged out of flame from chaos to destiny,bringer of pain forever undying
Judas is rising"
Judas Rising-Judas Priest

Greetings sports fans and fellow metal maniacs,I'm back after a two week layoff to try and rid myself of this nagging tendon issue that doesn't want to go away.
To quote the always quotable Iron Maiden"the sands of time for me are running low"this Thursday gives me six weeks till my opening 800m race while Friday sees five weeks till I fly out to Lahti so I can ill afford anymore down time,I have a 800m race scheduled for Sunday so for the next few days I'm looking to get a little speed work under my belt.

Todays workout was 4x400 w/ 60 second recoveries,to be honest I had no expectation levels on what to expect from myself,I went:68.90,69.45,68.64,64.61.
I really didn't know what to expect of myself off of two weeks of inactivity,the true test will be what I can do when I come back tomorrow and repeat the workout.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


It was once said of my first sporting hero Jimmy Connors he treated defeats like losing teeth,35 years on from me first discovering "Jimbo"I feel the same way!
Having in no uncertain terms"made a balls of it"on Sunday I was hell bent on nailing this repeat today.
3x800m w/ each one faster than the previous one,my target times were 2.36,2.32,2.28.
#1 having gotten it hopelessly wrong right off the bat Sunday I made sure to go out at an easy pace and clocked 1.14 at 400m which set me up nicely for a 2.36.65. opener.
#2 again identical opening splits put me at 1.14 at 400m but my 3rd 200 was where I made up the 4 seconds I needed and clocked 2.32.26.
#3 when I clocked 69 seconds for the opening 400m I knew having ran w/in myself on the opening 2 800s was going to see me home and how 2.24.28.
Believe me a far far cry from Sunday and my confidence is back up again,hopefully I can take this into the weekends back to back 800s