Seriously? I was really looking forward to having you out there this weekend competing with us.
Yeah, pretty bummed. Will see how it responds the next day or two, but feels like a grade 2 strain. My own fault for not stretching and rolling last night like I had planned.
My own fault for not stretching and rolling last night like I had planned.
Call me crazy but I think you can find a more significant way in which you were at fault for this misfortune if you try. Or do you think your hamstring would have had an incident even in the absence of any particular trauma induced by checking work email under mega-inappropriate circumstances?
I hope your strain recovers soon! I was also really looking forward to seeing you this weekend.
Jon>>I routinely check work email while out running. It's no different than reading a map on the run. The issue is that my hamstring muscles must have been so tight as to snap when slightly provoked.
1) Commiserations. Although if it can ‘snap’ so easily, then it can also get better easily!
2) I am still struggling to see how you check emails on the run. And why...
Yes on all the above ... checking email -- I cannot fathom how or why, and it makes me glad that I do not have the ability to check work email outside of work! I do get email alerts with a few words on my watch, but I usually (always) ignore them.
BUT -- I'm so sorry to hear of your injury. Take care of yourself. Eat some chocolate. That always makes me feel (psychologically) better.
I recall learning from Bruce Wolfe to read something from work on the run in the past as a map-reading exercise - usually some design doc or something printed out on paper. I've had a little less success reading phone work email on the run, but maybe that's aging eyes moreso than it being a bad idea as O' map training + getting stuff done.
Sorry your hamstring tweaked so badly - I've definitely had some stubbed toe stumbles this fall on leaf covered trails, and hamstrings aren't great now, perhaps in part as a result - e.g. even slowish long intervals are aggravating. But at least for now I can still race.
Good luck with core strength and/or whatever light running you can do in the meantime while this recovers - hopefully this'll toughen it up in the long run..
In my later high school years I'd regularly take study notes out with me on runs - both to train reading and concentration (eventually reached the point where I could concentrate more intensely on the run than I could sitting at a desk).
Maybe you should, given your age, switch to reading your email at 1:10,000.
I think the underlying problem is your calves. I suspect those are dysfunctional. See, normal male orienteers at your age with normal calves will pull those long before breaking any other body parts. Those should be like fuses, stopping us old farts before we break ourselves. Just think about all those back and knee issues you have had. I suggest trying to weaken your calves to normal level to enjoy the safety provided by gubbvader.
Thanks Jagge. It's advice like this that makes AP the most helpful of all internet communities. :)