I'm retired from racing. Really.

October 17, 2017

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Location:

Greenville,SC,

Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I also maintain a blogspot running blog. Check it out. 

5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, and 38th place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Goals for 2016

  • None

2016 Race Schedule

  • None

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon

Personal:

I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 10.00 Month: 50.00 Year: 1470.00
XT Wings 3 Lifetime Miles: 235.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Peak Lifetime Miles: 282.00
Fuel Trail 4 Lifetime Miles: 449.00
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 500.50
Fuel 2 (road) Lifetime Miles: 448.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 263.00
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 168.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 237.50
Road M3 Black And Blue Lifetime Miles: 321.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

I'm officially crazy. I ran 10 miles this morning with Shingles all over my waist/back/left thigh. On the short list of most painful runs of my life- almost stopped in the first 2 miles, but then got used to it. The overall pain has gotten so bad, though, that I couldn't sleep last night, went to the doc for meds today, and plan to rest the next few days. Work clothes are extremely painful, so no work. Shingles is excruciating. The nurse said she sees shingle patients all the time and I have the worst she's ever seen, and the doc agreed it was terrible (you should have heard all the nurses talking in the hall...). Very painful.

Stinson Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 16:12:48 from 163.248.33.220

You rule!

From allie on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 17:01:25 from 71.56.28.146

yikes, what?!

sorry. feel better soon, and maybe skip the 10 miler tomorrow. :)

From Jason D on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 21:17:35 from 68.56.185.92

Hope you get some relief soon. As for tips, as Riley. He had them twice in a matter of months as I recall.

From RileyCook on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 09:26:14 from 172.58.38.137

Ah, shingles. Yeah for some reason shingles are somewhat common in younger (30s-40s) adults who are otherwise very healthy, but exercise a lot.

I got them on my face and eye, not fun. The antiviral works quite well and pretty quickly. So hopefully you're taking one. Rest up and it'll go away soon. Good luck!

From Jon on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:04:20 from 96.33.87.148

Riley, are you saying the exercise causes/contributes to it?

I am taking the anti-viral.

Q: Is exercising with it just stupid? Does it cause harm or slow healing, from what you see? Or is it just painful but doesn't really matter from a recovery timeframe?

From RileyCook on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:10:58 from 172.58.38.137

Well, I'm no expert. But from what I've been told, those who exercise a lot obviously can wear their bodies down. The virus is from when you got chicken pox as a child and it never leaves your body. It just goes dormant. But when you wear your body down as we runners often do, it can create an opportunity for the virus to re-emerge.

As for exercising with it, I think I took 1-2 days off, but I had a marathon a week later, so I didn't want to take too much time off. I still had some scabbing on my face for the marathon, yet ran a PR.

I am certain the pain is worse for you with it on your back etc. The shingles on my face were painful, but I've heard stories of people wanting to kill themselves with it on their backs, and my pain was no where near that level. On the face you mostly have to stop it before it goes in your eye, as it can cause blindness. So I was mostly worried about that.

I'd rest if I were you and let the antiviral start doing its thing for a day or two and then give it a whirl.

From Jon on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 11:26:04 from 96.33.87.148

Thanks for the info. I'd so much prefer my face, as long as it didn't impact vision (that's the ultimate worst case). My clothes and movement and sitting/laying are killing me- it wraps the whole left side from back to belly button just at belt level, and then goes down from there (inner thigh- not fun), so wearing any clothes or sitting/laying down is excruciating.

I can't believe this may last 3-5 weeks, or longer. My aunt's nerve pain lasted 4 months. This is not going to be fun, but at least I know people like you have survived it.

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