On Saturday I’ll make my (hopefully) triumphant return to running aided by 600mg of Advil, and on Sunday I’ll be (hopefully) Shaving my 5K at the Colder Bolder. If things don’t work out for the Colder Bolder race on Sunday then I guess I’ll just use my 5K time from the Skirt Chaser in September. I realize that the September Skirt Chaser race is outside of the window for running your ‘smooth time’ race but I’ve appealed to the race director (me) and I’m confident that he’ll grant me an exception if I need one (he will).
Several of you mentioned in the comments that I should not be taking Advil prior to running and I’ve heard that same thing before in the past, and so I mentioned this to the good doctor when gave me the advice. His response was that he didn’t think it was a big deal. He said that taking anti-inflammatories prior to exercising might diminish the benefit your muscles receive from the exercise but not enough to be of concern to someone who isn’t at an elite level. The other downside that he mentioned to taking Advil prior to running was that it would mask pain, and one of the functions of pain is to prevent you from injuring yourself further, but he dismissed this in my case because he said my knee was structurally sound and that running on it was not causing any further damage. I’d be lying if I told you that I don’t still have some reservations about taking Advil before running, but keeping in mind that he’s a doctor at an Orthopedic and Sports Medicine practice I’m going to give it a shot. I’ve googled the subject to try and find some definitive reasons not to take Advil before running and there’s a lot of information out there but most of it is posted on message forums and starts out with the phrase “Well, I’m not a doctor, but I heard...”
Below is my injury riddled running log for November. It has been mentioned by at least a couple of idiot bloggers that no one wants to see this and I’m well aware of that. If you’re not interested in my November running log then you can just skip the rest of this post, don’t worry you won’t be missing any jokes, just raw data.
|11/22/2008||6 Mile Loop (x 2)||Long||14 Mi||2:22:09||10:10|
|11/19/2008||3 Mile Loop||Easy||3 Mi||26:27||8:49|
|11/18/2008||3 Mile Loop||Easy||3 Mi||29:00||9:40|
|11/15/2008||6 Mile Loop||Long/Injury :(||5.15 Mi||48:09||9:21|
|11/12/2008||Misc.||Intervals (6 x 800)||5.46 Mi||48:40||8:55|
|11/9/2008||Grand Lake (elev 8300 ft)||Hills||5.11 Mi||49:33||9:42|
|11/7/2008||6 Mile Loop (x2)||Long||14 Mi||2:15:29||9:41|
|11/5/2008||5 Miles Out & Back||Tempo||5 Mi||42:26||8:30|
|11/1/2008||6 Mile Loop (x2.6)||Long||16 Mi||2:30:30||9:25|
Distance: 70.7 miles
Total Time: 11:12:23