Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Go for broke, but prepare to be broken"

In the past couple of weeks, I've talked to quite a few doctors: PTs, OSes, chiros, you name it. Most of them seem to agree that pulled hip flexor led to compensation which led to torn posterior tibialis tendon. So knowing the cause, we then start to talk recovery. And during that conversation, one piece of advice always seems to come up: "I'd highly suggest that when you can get back to running, you cut back on your mileage and take a day off every week." I know that sometimes there's certain medical advice that you really have to listen to, and obviously I trust these doctors or I wouldn't have gone to them in the first place, but isn't that particular piece of advice more my coach's realm? None of the doctors know my training history, and while a few of them are athletic, I'd be rather surprised if they've put a similar level of effort into their training (with the exception of the one OS who, incidentally, did not tell me to cut back my training). I know a lot of people think this is a pointless venture since I'm not a professional athlete nor am I fast enough to ever become one. But I do this for me. I love this sport. And I want to run as fast as my body will let me run...something that doesn't happen without putting in the work.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Runner's Trainer Dilemma

Apologies to anyone who reads my Athleticore, since this is just a longer version of today's entry. But considering there's like five people on my "allow" list, chances are you haven't seen this yet.

When I first started cross-training, the trainer kicked my butt. Mentally, it was torture. Thirty minutes on the trainer meant thirty minutes of being bored out of my skull and doing the thirty minute countdown. And no matter what I did, I couldn't get my heart rate up and I was never breathing hard, even though my legs were pushing about as hard as I could manage.

Friday, October 22, 2010

I Would Marry Ultrasound if I Could

I totally failed at sleeping last night. Worse than my normal fail too. Usually when I fail at sleeping, I fall asleep sometime around 3 or 4 and then just don't want to wake up. This time, I'm fairly sure I never lost consciousness, and I finally gave up at 6am and decided to get on the trainer. That's Fail #1 for the day.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Gear Review: Running Movies

Seeing as I watch a lot of movies while on the trainer, I've been doing much more watching movies about running than actual running lately. Additionally, since I doubt none of you care too much to hear about my bike trainer adventures, I figured I'd throw some reviews of movies I've been watching for motivation lately.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Stress Eating and Bike Trainers

Ugh, stress eating. I hate it. It's all I've been doing lately. From 7pm on, all I do is stuff my face. It's usually cereal, but there's no more cereal left in my house, so today it was pretzels and cashews. I don't even like cashews very much (almonds > cashews), but I ate an entire container anyway. Started feeling sick, but that didn't stop me. So now I'm sitting here sipping tea and trying to keep everything down, because the only thing I can think of that would be less pleasant than stress eating itself would be puking pretzels and cashews onto my keyboard. Wonderful. I feel fat and soft and gross. In actuality, I've probably gained half a pound, if that (just a guess, since it's been a few since I've weighed myself), and no one is ever going to notice besides me. I just hate looking at myself in the mirror right now, and I especially hate the way I look in cycling shorts. I'd also love to know when my internal clock got messed up. Not that it was ever great, but it wasn't "Go to bed at 2am, wake up at noon, and end up screwed when you have to wake up to go to work" before.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fail.

A couple days ago, I was on a run and my tendon sort of blew up. Total fail run. So I got an MRI, and the results came back with the following findings:
1) Partial tear of the distal posterior tibialis tendon. There is associated tenosynovitis.
2) Joint effusions at the ankle and in the subtalar joint.
3) Small area of signal abnormality in the posterior lateral dome of the talus which may be due to contusion or early osteochondritis dissecans.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Is there anything better than the feeling of new shoes? Well, I suppose a new PR beats new shoes hands down, but besides that. After trying on several pairs of shoes this evening (thanks National Running Center), I ended up with a pair of Brooks Defyances. Hopefully I'll have better luck with them. I'm a bit disappointed with their aesthetics though.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Attack of the Munchies

You know you're running again when your appetite goes haywire. Or at least I do. Last night, my body felt the need to wake me up at 2:00am and demand food. I hope it didn't expect a gourmet meal, because it got cereal. That's about as much effort as I'm willing to put in at 2:00 in the morning anyway, especially when I have to wake up for work in the morning. Usually my body saves late night surprises like that for 100 mile weeks. I'll probably be just above 40 this week, so I don't know what its problem is. The obvious answer would be that I didn't eat enough during the day, but I ramped up how much food I'm eating now that I'm running again, and it's not really like I cut back much (or at all, really) when I stopped running. Plus I had an emotional eating Kashi version of Frosted Mini Wheats feast yesterday evening, so it wasn't like I went to bed hungry (I swear I do eat foods other than cereal...and if we're going to get technical, it was more a bored eating feast more than true emotional eating). Probably just a side effect of the gradual mileage increase (again, emphasis on gradual).

I read a lot of running blogs, and IANandJULIA.com has a really good post on how it feels to come back to running after time off. I tried to describe the awkward relearning how to run once before, but Julia does it a lot more eloquently than I did. Luckily I've gotten past that stage now and for the most part, feel like a runner again.
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