Moving Forward

My Wednesday night date with the bike started out optimistically enough.  I had the foresight to pack my Kindle in my gym bag, and, despite my general dislike of stationary biking, I was looking forward to having a solid hour to read. I just stared the very Paleo Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature, by Brian Switek. (I have to admit that I never grew out my dinosaur phase.) I had just settled into a nice easy pace on the bike and was reading a rather charming anecdote about Victorians mis-assembling skeletons when the Kindle popped up a low battery warning. Curses! I love my Kindle, but I would have paid handsomely for a good old-fashioned paperback just then. I fought through another 25 minutes of mind-numbing boredom before I gave in and decided to focus on some strength training for the remainder of the hour. The good news is that the day off running did seem to help the IT band. I’ve been foam-rolling religiously and trying to work out any deep down knots with a lacrosse ball. I was able to run my 7-miler last night without too much pain, though my knee did start to tighten up again around mile 5. It seemed to ease up as soon as I stopped running, though, which was a big improvement from a few days ago. This morning it still feels a little sore, but I’m hopeful that the rest day today will help things along. From what I’ve read, it usually takes 2 or 3 weeks of massage to really get everything loose again, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be on the mend before my next real long run next weekend.

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2 Comments to “Moving Forward”

  1. Thanks for picking up Written in Stone. I hope that you get another chance to dig into it soon. I’d love to hear what you think.

    Cheers,

    Brian

    • Hi Brian,
      Thanks so much for the comment. I love the book–it’s been a long time since I’ve stayed up way past my bedtime reading about dinosaurs! I really appreciate the attention you give to linking the evolution in thinking to advancements in the actual science and techniques of paleontology. Thanks for writing for the adults who still love this stuff!

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