Progress!

October 15, Sunday

Well, I am happy to say that this will be a positive post, the first positive Post in quite a while concerning my feet. So after being told by everybody including two doctors that my foot pain is definitely the result plantar fasciitis  and reading everything I can find about plantar fasciitis, I came to my own conclusion.  I have decided upon and have been in progress of aggressively rolling my sore foot with a frozen plastic ginger ale container for 20 minutes three times a day. I’ve been doing this for about 4 days now and the results have been pretty startling. My foot no longer hurts when I walk at all and the discomfort in the morning and after sitting for a long period of time has decreased dramatically. I am at this time watching the Giants on the way to defeating Denver, which in itself is quite remarkable, and have been rolling my feet, both of them, for about 2 hours tonight. It hurts like hell when I roll it and I stand on the frozen bottle and roll with my complete wait on it.  I am telling myself it is exquisite torture. So as a result while walking on the boardwalk today with Arlene I decided to jog for a few minutes and test my feet. Now I am wearing new sneakers and new softer orthotic inserts. I was quite euphoric to note as I jogged that not only was I devoid of pain but my feet actually felt normal for the first time in many weeks.  So now I am going back to happy, painful ice rolling while  watching Denver mount a comeback in the 4th quarter: it is definitely going to be a long 10 minutes. Hang on G- MEN!!!

 

 

Bike and roll

October 11th,  Wednesday

Rode 30 minutes on the bike today with frequent bursts.  Also, I committed to sustained, serious , hard core ice rolling for 30  minutes twice a day for the next two weeks.  It hurts quite a bit, but I need a break through to get rid of this heel soreness.

Doctor’s visit

October 9th,  Monday

Today I had my appointment with podiatrist Dr. Fiorelli. I explained to him my heel issues and he immediately suggested that I have a cortisone shot followed by another cortisone shot in two or three weeks. I told him Doctor Stein’s statement that she would be fired if she gave me a cortisone shot and he looked on incredulously and said this is normal  practice for plantar fasciitis. Well, I refused anyway. So he did tell me that he thought my orthotics were too hard for someone who runs distance. He provided me with a softer orthotic pad for the basic price of $45! He also ordered an x-ray of my heel. And he prescribed a topical cream that is designed to reduce inflammation and reduce pain.  I will go with this for a few weeks and continue with non-impact activities.

My heel pain in the a.m. is still a very sore 8 or 9.

Throughout the day I have been busy doing a series of leg and foot exercises that are part of my therapy routine.

Humbug!   Humbug!  Humbug!😐😊

 

Hard copy

October 8th,  Sunday

I started this new written log today because I find that writing is easier for me then typing. So I am speaking aloud and reading this from the page. I also want to keep a visual log of gradual increase in use of orthotics  until I become accustomed to them completely.

Part 1- Training –  just returned from the clubhouse – I spent 45 minutes in the water, 20 minutes swim.  It was tough and I was winded and did all three strokes, crawl, back and my version of breaststroke. Then 25 minutes of deep water running with five times pickup set that includes knee pumps of 75 @ 5K effort, 50 @ 800m effort and 25 @ Max effort.  Each set leaves me quite breathless – good workout.  15 minutes in hot tub Whirlpool felt good, plus some extended calf stretches to finish up.

Visit with podiatrist tomorrow for heel pain.

Heel update –  very tender, sore in a.m.

Orthotics –  Walked with them for first time in 2 weeks, to and from clubhouse. That is a total of about 600yds.

 

 

 

Steady Update

October  5th, 6th, 7th

Thursday –  a lot of bike riding around the Jackson Liberty campus and track during cross-country practice today. I figured it was about an hour of riding with frequent bursts.

Friday – a good rehab session in the morning.   Also made an appointment to see a podiatrist for my heel pain on Monday

Saturday  – Today I enjoyed a one hour bike ride around Turkey Swamp Park with Kristen.

Jackson boys had a respectable performance at Holmdel Park today.  They are on the verge of becoming a pretty good team. Four more weeks of good work should put them in a position to qualify out of the Central Jersey Sectionals on November 4th.

Stat are holding steady as I mark time until running becomes possible.

Weight room day

October 4th,  Wednesday

After practice today I went to the weight room with the cross-country boys. Liberty has a pretty extensive setup in the waiting room. I worked for about 40 minutes on a series of exercises from my physical therapy routine. It was a good workout. I plan to make more use of the Jackson Liberty High School weight room in the future since I am already there for practice.

Stats –

I-Mad and I-Mid are stable at 2/3  range

I-Mhd is off the chart!  Making a doctor’s appointment today.

amHR = 54BPM  remarkably steady and low

Weight = #155

Sleep  = 7 hours

Workout = good session in weight room 40 minutes

 

Solid work today.

October 3rd,  Tuesday

50 minutes of work at the clubhouse in the weight room and pool.                20 on weights, 20 water running with 5 X  60-40-25 surge sets, plus 10 minute swim,  then 20 minutes in hot whirlpool .  Then I’m off to xc meet

XC Showdown

October 3rd,   Tuesday

Morning runs and dedicated guys and PB performances…..

The Jackson Liberty cross-country boys, bolstered with the confidence gained by recent morning runs,  posted a terrific race today on our home course against Point Pleasant Boro and Barnegat high schools.. The Boro, led by the course record-setting performance of Devin Hart the top cross-country runner in New Jersey this year, scored a tight 25 to 30 victory.  A plethora of Jackson runners had massive Personal Best performances on the home course, lead  by the impressive 30 second school record-setting performance of Dan Duffy (16:29).  Dylan (17:33), Devon (17:38), Aaron (18:13)  and freshman sensation Dan (18:38)  rounded out the top five with a team average of 17: 26!  Additional Personal Bests were posted by Kyle, Peter, and Zack all under 20 minutes, and the entire Killer Bee Squad.   It was a good day for Jackson Liberty cross-country.  The boys finished the duel meet portion of the season with a   6-1 record. Now it’s on to the championship season.

 

 

Autumn weekend

October 2nd, Monday

The  weekend in Atlantic City consisted of a long bike ride on the boardwalk ( 7miles) and a series of pleasant walks on the boardwalk enjoying the unseasonably warm autumnal weather.