Monthly Archives: July 2010

Gloria in excelsis Deo

I had a pain radiating from inside my right glute muscles during yesterday’s run. The pain started during mile 3, a 2 out of 10 in pain scale, and radiated down to the lateral side of my knee. My first reaction was: “Oh no, not ITB!”. I should have stopped and walked the rest of the 3 miles back to my car but I’m stubborn; 6 miles in the book isn’t the same if I walked half of it. That’s what we call “rationale thinking”, one way to sabotage a marathon training season.

The pain died down as my run progressed. I started coming up of diagnoses as I passed the familiar trees and bridges. By mile 4 I narrowed it down to either ITB or my piriformis muscle.

Close to the end of my run I was eager enough to do strides (rationale thinking, remember!). Thankfully, it didn’t make the pain worse.

When I came back home I had trouble walking, leaning towards my right leg. Think of how a pirate walks, swaying side to side. The only thing missing in the picture was a parrot sitting on my shoulder.

Well, I looked in my running book and the internet and confirmed my diagnosis: piriformis syndrome. I was happy it wasn’t ITB but at the same time it left me wondering how long will it take to heal.

Presently, one day after my run my piriformis is doing ok. Yesterday, I did a couple of stretches and with the help of my personal masseuse who is always on call a.ka. foam roller, I rolled the daylights out of it! I feel I can run tomorrow but I’m holding off till Friday — need more observation time for said excited marathon newbie patient.

By the way, today is “Music Wednesday”.  Here’s a song I discovered by Vivaldi “Gloria in excelsis Deo”, Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”. It’s epic!!! This is what heaven must sound like, or at least close to it.  I will be blasting this in my car to help me get ready before my runs.

Run for the glory of God 🙂


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Which way…

Guess what’s around the corner?

The Houston Marathon 2011 registration opens this Tuesday (July 27, 2010). Of course I will sign up even though this year it will be lottery based for the first time. What does this mean?

It means that even if you sign up between July 27th-August 12th 2010, you will not find out if you can run the marathon/half marathon until August 17th — by email notification. To taste some of the different opinions of the move toward a lottery system checkout:
Houston Marathon goes to lottery system for entries
Runner’s World Forums “Houston now a lottery”

I’m partially dismayed I may not be one of the lottery winners [by some algorithm of chance]. There’s a number of reasons why I want to run my 2nd marathon in Houston:

  1. As a Houston resident and native I’d love to run 26.2 miles across my city for the very first time.
  2. My parents, brothers, family and friends can watch and encourage me and the rest of the runners in beautiful-below-60’s-January-weather [haha] without having to leave “Houston city limits”.
  3. I don’t have to spend money going to another city and pay for lodgings+food.
  4. Go to Mass at Co-Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown after the marathon.

If I don’t get a spot I will most definitely run the Austin Marathon 2011. Surprisingly, they are celebrating their 20th anniversary, corresponding to their marathon date February 20th 2011.

I LOVED my running debut in last year’s Austin Marathon. The volunteers were great, awesome and friendly runners [one lady stopped and asked me if I was ok when I sat on the side of the road nursing my flaring ITB; offering gummy bears and bananas which I declined], the entertainment alongside the road was sweet [gave high fives to a toddler and to a dressed up gorilla, a cow clunking its cowbell, indie bands playing]. beautiful scenery, and the HILLS…the hills ruled! In addition, the awesome “Austin Marathon sports backpack” [proudly sport wherever I go] and high quality tech-tee finisher swag was icing on the cake.

So what’s it gonna be? My answer: Either Houston or Austin, my friend. Just like Bach’s Cello Suite No.1, the beginning, middle and end will always be sweet.

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Reflections in the rain

Usually, Wednesdays are my off days because I go to church later in the evening. But I skipped yesterday’s workout. So future entries for Wednesdays will be reserved I guess for musik/pictures/poems. We shall see!

I accomplished 6.1 miles today in the rain. Beautiful were the grey clouds and the temperature dropped to 77 F — a relief from the 90s. The smell of Earth infiltrated my nostrils. The winds rustled through the trees as if beckoning me to keep going. The rain fell down everywhere; pitter patter pitter patter like a hypnotizing metronome. And the river to the left of me maddingly rushed forward.

I ran into a couple and as I approached them I said, “Beautiful day!” They both said, “Yes”.

Then I encountered wild rabbits along the trail and squirrels. There were a few bike riders as well and one runner that I’ve seen before like 3 months ago on the trail. We both waved at each other 2 times as we crossed each others path. It’s kinda cool seeing a familiar face again.

Running in the rain made me think of those frogs in the desert that hibernates under the sand and only come out when it rains [which is a rarity]. The frogs then start mating and they lay their spawn in the lakes of rain that are formed. I saw it on a nature show one time. Pretty nifty how God created so many creatures.

Overall, the run went well. Did a couple of fartleks. I was catching my breath at the start .24 mile into the run even though my pace was 11:30/mi. In addition, my calves started getting heavy in mile 4. I should have eaten breakfast and had a heavier meal than 2 packets of instant noodles and better hydration.

In the evening my dad asked how my run went. I casually replied, “I did 6.1 miles in 1 hour and 10 minutes.”

At the time I thought nothing of it. 6 miles. Big deal. I take it for granted. Upon further examination, can you believe I ran non-stop? If you asked me 2 months ago if I could do 6 miles I would have pointed at my left knee and share with you my ITB sob story.

Please God, do not let me take your gifts for granted. Thank you for today. It was amazing.

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