The 4th Runniversary

July 1st, 2021 marks the 4th anniversary of running. I began to run in summer 2017 and you can read more about my efforts in the archive for my “running” posts that I published here, over time.

During the early months of the pandemic, when all trails were suddenly closed as people were trying to figure out what the heck was going on and how that virus was spreading, I ran mostly in our neighborhood, a “tour-de-sac“: including all cul-de-sacs to extend the route, and zig-zagging from one side of the street to the other, avoiding people.

How silly that was, in hindsight (including my rant about wearing masks on the trail), now that we know the virus spreads mostly indoors, and with prolonged exposure¹. But I still avoid our local trails for running, but for a different reason, and at least during the weekends: they’re all just way too busy then, at least for my taste. So. Many. People.

And just like a lot of people, I also gained some weight during this damn pandemic. COVID-fat, as a friend calls it. My weight used to hover more or less closely around 80kg/176lbs, currently I’m still at 82kg/181lbs. The number of different single malt whiskies² I’ve tasted with my friend Joe might have something to do with that too, of course. 😉

Early in the month of June 2021, I ran into some knee problems — pun, err, semi-intended, I guess. I did a couple of runs, one in the neighborhood and one at a nearby nature preserve, that included more uphill and downhill sections, and I guess I overdid it a little bit. On a hike two days later, I began to experience intense hip pain that turned out to be “referral pain” from the left knee.

In the weeks that followed, I rode a bike instead for physical activity. That worked well, and I felt like I was using different muscles and training them might help to further protect my aging knees too.

I also mentioned this in the monthly end notes for June 2021, on my photography site: biking is nowhere near as satisfying as running — at least not in the same amount of time (I have to ride the bike considerably longer and at a high intensity for the same workout; even then, it doesn’t have the same quality and “flow” as a run does).

Depending on how my knees will act up or not in the next little while, as I try to increase the duration and intensity of my runs again, I might try different running shoes as well³. We’ll see/wish me luck.

Photo is unrelated, but I like it. 🙂

¹) Delta variant: “hold my beer”

²) everybody knows that during a pandemic, alcohol is not the answer. Alcohol is a question, and the answer is YES.

³) does anyone have experiences with those barefoot things?

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