After a summer spent running in the local mountains, I decided to take an early off-season this year. It wasn't a hard choice when some achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis started to flare up. I stopped running cold-turkey and put in a couple months of consistent strength training (mostly Wendler "Beyond" 5-3-1), which was more congruent with my "busy season" at work. I may have gone a bit over-board, as I gained over 20lbs...not all of it muscle! I re-gained much of my lost strength in the deadlift, squat, press and pullups. I also worked with a podiatrist and sports chiropractor to resolve my achilles and plantar issues. I know I'm going into 2014 stronger, with a freshened-up body AND perspective.
Malibu Creek State Park
Multnomah Falls Trails
Back on the surfski!
Run2Top Mt Baldy Race, Labor Day