Where Eagles Fly

The Thing I’m Doing This Year #6

So I go to work and my stabbing foot pain is mostly gone, but now I feel a knot on my spine. No one wants to feel a knot on his or her spine. Lower back, five discs up on the left. That’s a problem.

So I don’t work out on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Wouldn’t be prudent, not at this juncture.

On Thursday I head to the Y and try the stair machine for the first time in a couple weeks.

March 24     160 floors       56 steps/min.
April 2          176 floors       61 steps/min.
April 4          187 floors      66 steps/min.
April 7          205 floors      71 steps/min.
April 10        195 floors      68 steps/min.
April 25        220 floors     76 steps/min.

I guess I was tapered, because I did great covering 220 floors in 46 minutes. In fact, I went so hard that I nearly barfed up the Fritos I ate … in the car … on the way … to the Y.

I need to get my food act together.

On Saturday, I get a late start to the trailhead and it’s ‘Bring a Friend to Barr Trail Day’ … too many people. Got to start earlier. No stopwatch, lots of yayhoos coming down the trail, put a crimp in the speed potential, so I was very happy to get to the top of the W’s in 37:59.

One thing I know, but need to get better at is this … you don’t need to break a record on every effort. Some workouts are just workouts.

I went out two more intervals (14 minutes) for a total of 52 minutes of up, then got down in 33 minutes. That was probably my best overall effort so far.

On the way down I listened to Sammy Hagar sing “Eagles Fly” and I thought, “This song captures how I feel when I run down the mountain.”

It’s a good feeling.

The next installment … ‘Sugarlump’

Here’s an acoustic version of the song.

I’m doing the Tour de Cure this fall.
For more information, to join or donate, go here.

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