Newport Liberty Half – still time to sign up

If you’ve thought about running a half marathon, or perhaps have worked up to running at least 8 or 9 miles and haven’t thought about it yet, there’s still time to register for the Newport Liberty Half Marathon taking place on September 17. I know this because someone I met through the Raritan Valley Road Runners just signed up.

One of the benefits of being a blog partner of the Newport races is a free entry, which I would typically use myself. Unfortunately when I run about 4 miles or so my calf/ankle/hip (take your pick because it could be any one or more of those on any given day) rudely let me know that I need to stop, so I decided that someone else should use it.

Manil is getting back into running after a 10 month break due to patellar tendinitis. Before the injury Manil was able to run 13 miles so is working back towards that goal. His longest run in the past month was 9 miles but he’s confident he will be able to finish and has a goal of less than 2 hours 30 minutes. This will be his first race too so I’m looking forward to cheering him on and hearing about his experience after the race (there will be a follow-up on this blog).

Good luck Manil!

Back to the Halfbike

Running appeared to be going well, but a 4 mile run on Thursday aggravated my ankle and hip again, so rather than the planned long run on Saturday I decided it was time to bring out the Halfbike again.

If you haven’t read my previous posts on the Halfbike, it’s effectively a standing bike with a larger front wheel and two small rear wheels – balance is key to riding and steering. I am a Halfbike ambassador and have coupon codes for 5% off. I do get a commission for codes used, but as I’ve noted before this does not affect my reviews.

As part of the original sales campaign on Kickstarter, Halfbike was supposed to come with fenders – a year and a half after getting the Halfbike, the fenders finally arrived after a myriad of design and production problems.

I put the fenders on this week, not expecting to ride for a while, but luckily (I guess) it rained overnight so there were puddles on the ground for my Saturday ride.

Attaching the fenders was simple, but putting the pieces together for the rear fenders was not at all. In the end I used a rubber mallet to force the pieces together. The fit was a bit tight.

I wasn’t too bothered by not having fenders as I use it for exercise and don’t care how muddy and wet I get when riding, but I have to admit to not having used it in the rain and I did wonder how far up the front wheel would fling the water, so I no longer have to worry about getting a mouthful.

They seemed to work well – I deliberately rode through the puddles – but I did still get a slight spatter on my ankle so they don’t fully protect you.

My ride was about 10.5 miles and by the end my calves were definitely feeling it.

Building up, and the Newport Half

Since my last post I have started to build up my mileage. That doesn’t mean my issues are gone. The Achilles Tendonitis is still there but improving, so much so that it is not felt during a run (well… mostly). My right ankle still swells up, but the stresses that cause that seem to not be running related (I started going to Bodypump again and that seems to cause it). My right hip does hurt a bit during longer runs, but massage is helping with that it seems.

So, now we’re up to date, it’s time to look ahead.

The Newport Liberty Half is coming up on September 17. I love that race and have done it every year since I started running more than just 5ks.

This year I’m not sure I’ll be able to run. I’m lucky enough to once again be a blog partner for the race and I will definitely be there, but more than likely it will be with my camera and not my running shoes.

Sign up for the race, and let the organizers know where you found out about it. Read some of my previous posts about the race here!

Delayed update

So much for more regular updates to my blog on my progress. This is mostly because I don’t really feel like I’ve made much progress. Right after my last post I had an issue that I hadn’t had for a few months – a swollen right ankle (not the ankle affected by the Achilles tendonitis). No real damage and it disappeared after a couple of days, but it gave me enough of a scare to slow down a bit.

The good news is that I’m able to run between 4 and 6 miles without too much pain (I definitely feel it in the Achilles, so progress on recovery is slow), but I’m only running 3 days a week.

I’m visiting a Sports Medicine doctor on the 24th to check in on progress and see what needs to happen next, but in the meantime I’ll be running on vacation in England so will hopefully post about some scenic runs.

Very little running (and the benefits of Skinners)

When the doctor advised me not to run for a couple of weeks he also told me that he knew I would run anyway. It turns out that other things got in the way and I haven’t really had time to run anyway. Over the last 2 weeks I have run twice – today, and 9 days ago.

One thing I noted in my last post was that I was finding it easier to run pain-free in Skinners, and last week I ran about 4 miles (admittedly slowly) with no pain at all. Since I’d had a long break, I wanted to get out again today (the first chance I’ve had to run since then due to other commitments and work travel). As it was way below freezing I thought my feet would be cold in the Skinners, so I put on my trusty Merrell Trail Gloves. Within a quarter of a mile I had to turn around to come home and change – my left Achilles was hurting again. After giving it some thought, I put this setback down to having danced the evening away at my work holiday party last night.

A quick change into the Skinners and I was off down the road again, and things were better. I ran just over 3 miles, and had minimal aches and pains throughout.

I know I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m hoping that the dancing won’t cause too much of a setback. I’ll be out on the Halfbike again this weekend as that hasn’t caused me any issues while I’ve been working through this.

The image below gives a good overview of the skinners – I found I have to wear them with socks but that isn’t a problem, and I’ve got to get used to running on rough surfaces on them, but they seem to be working out very well for me, and have been great to use when travelling as they take up so little space in a suitcase. At the moment this seems to be the only thing I can wear when running, so I’m very thankful I have them.