Like, here’s the dealio, chump

I thought that would get your attention. Nice headline, eh?

So, don’t forget that the HipRunners ran quite well as a club at the Athletics Illustrated Global One-hour Virtual Race. Wasn’t far off the other teams and I know two of the teams stacked their rosters late – HipRunners had the lead for awhile. Results are at Athletics Illustrated. Age-graded results are coming soon.

Also, the results from the survey that many of you participated in is located at Athletics Illustrated too. Check out what the consensus is – use the search bar for results of the race and survey and speaking of surveys, can I get your opinion on a few things: doping, Kanye running for president….https://athleticsillustrated.com/survey-how-do-you-feel-about-doping-in-athletics/

Update on myself (with my THR, right side, anterior, ceramic on poly nearing 3.5 years):

FINALLY have consistency. Had a decent summer (after a decade off) last summer getting to about 75K per week before calf pulls wrecked me for about six months. Off and on. Now over the past couple of months, I have a bunch of 80K weeks, one at 100K. Longer (not “long” until they are 20 miles/32K) runs of 20-25K.

Ran a 5K time trial in 21:57 with a couple of wrong turns and things – so figure I could have run 21:40, at age 54 that age-grades me to about 18:30-18:45, which 30-40 seconds off of my masters personal best, so happy!

Been running Arthur Lydiard out-and-backs during the base phase over the past six weeks. Have improved almost every time. 3K warm-up, 3K warm-down and 30-minutes as fast as possible without straining and then turn around see how long it takes to come back, should be negative split. HOWEVER, we do very slight downhill to 6K or so, so the return is tough and we run even or small positive splits, which I think is fine. If we ran the other direction, we would have big negatives and falsely accuse ourselves that we are brilliant. No sense being more deluded than already.

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One week to go! – Global One-hour Virtual Race – join the HipRunner team

One week to go before the window opens on the Global One-hour Virtual Race. There is a teams category, the first team member was Tom Fuchs, he just needs four more.

But, yes, you still just run or move the best way you can for your own result. Any time from Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May 17 run one hour and provide proof of your effort. Results will be posted at Athletics Illustrated.

$5 suggested donation for registration.

https://athleticsillustrated.com/the-global-one-hour-virtual-race/(Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Christopher’s update and a virtual race to tell you about

Been a while since I last posted on this website. I saw that when I first joined Hip Runners that people at first – right after surgery – post often, then slow down.

I have been running – had a good summer – got up to about 45 miles (77K) per week all summer – not a ton, but it was consistent, did have five calf pulls through 2019, which made the consistency a challenge during spring and fall and winter. Trying to grow the mileage again now….up to about 30 miles (50K). The goal all along was to get about eight weeks of 50-miles (80K) then work on speed and form and power on hills et al, ala Arthur Lydiard.

Back at the drawing board, moving the chalk, as we speak.

Meanwhile, we put on the 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Cup here in Victoria. I initiated the event and brought the committee together. We formed a society to manage the committee and legacy, I stepped back a little to be VP of the society and be a part of the communications team of the committee and we ran – and I hate to sound like the POTUS – but it was one of the greatest small-international cross-country meets all-time. The feedback has been tremendous. It happened on Leap Day, Feb. 29. Peru, USA and Canada were the dominant countries!

Now that that is behind us, Athletics Illustrated is putting on the Global One-Hour Virtual Race to be run anytime between and including Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 17. Send in your Strava or other app and data proving your run and we will compile the results, which will be posted at Athletics Illustrated.

If you want to run for a club and don’t have one, run for Hip Runners!!

Details are all here ($5 suggested donation, first 20 with $30 donation get a cool hat): https://athleticsillustrated.com/the-global-one-hour-virtual-race/

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All important 78-day follow-up and check-in and report and update and blog entry and status report and whereabouts prominence

Yesterday, so I guess really “77-day report,” I walked a 10K trail loop with ski poles. Note, not “walking poles”, but downhill ski poles, just because.

I probably walked about 15K yesterday including a 1.5K walk from car park to race start area (photo shooting) and then back again, plus the 10K, plus random other movement while I was out and about, for example grocery shopping, which is good because the shopping cart is like having poles – gives stability in the effort to walk perfectly straight. And if I was dyslexic, they would be “sik lopes” – a dyslexic Fruedian misnomer.

In this case, we put the cart before the horse, metaphorically and malapropism-ally.

Anyway, the coordination to take advantage of the poles required no time whatsoever. I plan to drop those bad boys soon, so have no intention of buying nordic-walking poles.

So no problems whatsoever from the extreee walking.  I find this interesting as the most I have walked since my surgery date on December 2nd, was about 3K in one go. So to jump ahead to 10K and 15K for the day is exciting, especially with having no repercussions.

Well there were repercussions, but I solved that issue with a mouth-watering bottle of Earth’s Heavenly nectar, a double bock (ice-bock stout that you have at room temperature) known as Hermannator; it’s the elixer of life. A seasonal fare that provides a note of caramel and dates and a hint of a nuts and molasses finish; perfectly paired with a juicy steak well seasoned and cooked just so on the barbie.

We had nachos, but added beef. Hermannator pairs with anything actually. Even hot buttered popcorn.

Have played table tennis (don’t call it Ping Pong (®) ) for about a month. Record at work is currently about 100-15 and that’s with my opponents taking advantage of my inability to dive through the air, due to THR.

I can see doing short ultras in my future. I couldn’t really before. But rather than do road marathons, I can see doing trail 50K races (30 mile). So I might … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

It’s me again, the Guy that likes Mondays (now) (suddenly) (and forever more)

…Weeeeeeeelll…..

Maybe I am a little over ambitious about Mondays. Generally-speaking if you love your job or school or things you do, you will like it when Monday comes around again. So we don’t hate Mondays, we hate that job or class or thing that we have to start again on Monday. It takes away from our fun.

Today is Wednesday and I sigh a small sigh of relief. See I was progressing by the nano-second, as it were, and went down to one crutch by day eight, post-surgery. Too soon. Thought I felt a stress reaction or stress fracture or something like that. Back to both crutches. Things are calming down now.

Anyone else have this?

So maybe I confused the potential stress-thing with an irritated I.T. Band. See the band is a tendon that runs from the top of the hip saddle, down the outside of the leg and attaches to the outside of the knee. It is there for lateral stability and to irritate the hell out of you  when it wants (dual purpose tendon).

If we run a lot, as many of you well know, it can get tight and rub on the nodule on the outside of the knee. For non-runners and new runners we think, ALAS! running henceforth is terribly bad stuff for the knee. But as we veteran runners know, it is the band, tuned like a guitar string, too tight, rubbing on the frets. We just need to turn the tuning peg back by massaging and kneeding the baskard (word altered for sensitivity to those who didn’t grow up with a father).

But I fret not now, for perhaps it was indeed the I.T. Band and some of the pain radiated around? Anyone have that, early days post-op? Please say yes.

Anyway, things  are both hunky and dory.

Doin’ stuff.

Hangin’ out.

Off the drugs.

Man that Dilaudid is bad stuff. Six times stronger than morphine, I had dreams of clown monsters and scenarios that surely couldn’t happen, like swimming in a river of warm and delicious Crown Royal whiskey with the … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Hip was replaced Friday. Monday off pain meds. Suddenly I love Mondays.

Hello, fellow skeleton crew:

My name is Christopher Kelsall, I am writing in from gorgeous Victoria, BC, which is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Or as we like to pretend, the Independent Democracy of Vancouver Island.

I went in for a total hip replacement (right) on Freaky Friday and was upright Friday night, walking Saturday morning, walking fast and more furiously Sunday and then Monday – despite what the Boomtown Rats sang (“I hate Mondays”) – I suddenly like Mondays, because I had no pain killers for over eight hours and trekked from the warmth of my hospital bed to the warshroom (say it with an English accent, will you?) and back and felt like I didn’t need any more painkillers. But the Registered Nurse was kind enough to say, “take them anyway, and ween yourself off of them slowly.”

So I am.

Ceramic with highly cross-linked polyethylene is as slick as ice and smooth as glass. When I go through the schwinggggg faze of my gait, it feels almost too smooth. I am used to grinding and pain and lack of rotation. So odd.

I am home now, feet up, wife is my servant. Living like a king. I just have to remind myself that I cannot bend over or twist or start running suddenly.

I am 5o under the hood, but the computer in the bonnet suggests 20. Ready to do handstands.

I had a fun time getting the spinal epidural. Unlike other surgeries, where they throw a mask on you and ask you to count to 10 and you get to 6…..I was looking around, hugging a pillow and announcing when the needle was disturbing a nerve in my buttocks and hamstring.

Then suddenly, it was like I had peed myself in a wet suit and I was getting warm all over. The warmth crawled up my legs like as if I was maybe filling up with warm pee? Really cool. Sorta.

That was easy.

When I make any sort of progress, which I have been doing by the nano-second so far, I will … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)