Lukas and I organized a little orienteering event in the back yard, complete with e-punching and splits printouts. We were testing out the new tablet+SI mini-reader+bluetooth thermal printer setup for the Tucson club. It worked well! Pretty easy to use for a casual event since you don't have to load anything up in advance. I know there are other apps out there besides the SI Orienteering App but I don't see a reason (yet) to try anything else. Would be interested in hearing about them, though.
The main reason to log this is to say that even 34 seconds of short-stride jogging was painful, so maybe I need to hold my horses a bit.
Cycling (road) 1:01:48 12.0 mi (11.7 mph) +13m ahr:121 max:153
Family bike ride around the Kino Environmental Restoration Project (2mi loop) from Sam Lena Park. Lukas is now obviously too big for his 16" bike. I guess it's time to get a 20". I hope that also helps with his "hands feeling tired". Maybe he just needs a bit more time in the saddle.
After that Melissa and Lukas diverted for the playground while Caroline and I checked out more of The Loop. Finally, I rode back home alone (not on gps track) to figure out the bike paths between the two. There just doesn't seem to be an awesome way to get between 22nd and Golf Links.
Cycling (road) 1:09:15 24.19 km (21.0 kph) +43m ahr:121 max:146
Headed out east on Broadway, which has a bus/bike lane that is mostly traffic-free, and met up with The Loop at the Pantano River. South/upstream on The Loop and then back the way I came, timing my arrival pretty perfectly with the approach of real darkness.
Riding on The Loop is glorious, but if I'm going to do a shorter ride like this then getting there is a bit of a buzzkill. Feels pretty silly to drive a few miles to a bike path but… I might do that. I'm 100% game for doing it for a family outing but I think I'm coming around for a solo go, too.
In other news I am a lot more optimistic about my running than earlier this week. I feel like I understand what's causing the pain and why the needling/rolling/sticking will help, and that it is actually already making a difference. PT was fine with me running this week initially but I objected because it seemed too unpleasant to be worth doing. I may be changing my mind.
Hiking40:00  3.0 km (13:20 / km) shoes: Doloriel (Mizuno Wave Rider)
Easy walking with Melissa and Lukas at Greasewood Park while Caroline ran.
Been diligent about moving like an old person today and it's gone pretty well. Stopped myself from crossing my legs a few times. Only real pain was when I took a long stride in the kitchen once. Also tried doing the rolling and self cross friction massage but, as usual, I don't feel like I'm actually doing anything. Hopefully I'm doing something.
Highlight of the day was scoring my dad a vaccination appointment. Early Monday morning at Gillette. He''s excited that he'll be one of the first in the 75+ cohort to be vaccinated.
Running (road) 20:05 3.05 km (6:35 / km) ahr:153 max:174 shoes: Doloriel (Mizuno Wave Rider)
I was told to run this morning ahead of this afternoon's PT appointment, basically to make sure it hurts when I'm there, I think. Probably completely unnecessary because it hurts as soon as I take a single running step. I don't really need to warm it up.
Ran around the neighborhood and admired the snowy mountains. Also glad to confirm my memory that 36F is not at all cold after sunrise in Tucson.
Left the PT appointment today with a potential cause of the running pain, a home plan, some more appointments, and an optimistic PT. I'm not as optimistic as she was but I'm going to try everything and keep my fingers crossed.
It seems like I have what is sometimes known as a sports hernia (aka athletic pubalgia), which is not actually a hernia at all but a strain of the tendons that connect to the pubic bone. So we focus work on the adductor longus (I believe) and the connection point of the abs. I won't run at all this week but I can do active things that don't hurt a lot.
One nice thing about this is that I got confirmation that this is musculoskeletal, which means I don't have to wait forever for the gastro conclusions. The CT scan revealed colitis and I have seen no change after a week+ of antibiotics, so I assume it's something longer term. If so, that could really explain a lot! But it doesn't seem to have anything to do with my current running problem, which I find much more annoying.