Still working on PT as the month of July ends. Half hour weight room session yesterday: not bad. Still refraining from leg activities except walking. My PT sessions consist mainly of exercises to strengthen ankle and foot muscles. This is something I have never attempted before and find quite interesting.
– 3 more days of anti-inflammatory pills
– 11 days until I pick up new Orthotics
– 4 more weeks of physical therapy.
July 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th
Started physical therapy for my sore feet this week. I am so far pleasantly surprised at the professionalism and the kind of work I am doing. I think it will definitely help strengthen my feet and prevent recurrence of these injuries. I will not be doing any activities except prescribed PT for least one more week.
July 23, Saturday
I ran practice this morning at the Manasquan Reservoir. I rode 6 miles on my bike with one full lap around the reservoir.
July 21st, Friday
It’s a Kenny Vance kind of Friday. Wait for it!
I remember Kenny saying at a concert a few years ago, “I knew when I heard myself sing that note I would never have a day job for the rest of my life.” One of a kind!
Thursday I visited the doctor for my my foot issues. No trama noted. Dr faith has a three-part plan. It includes two weeks of anti-inflammatory medicine, plus 4 weeks of physical therapy, plus a set of orthotics. She also says it is ok to bike, swim and run in water during this period. I think I can stay in shape doing that plus weight lifting for 4 weeks. Since I have no immediate racing goals, this seems like a good plan. Regarding the use of orthotics, which I was trying to decide about, the decision became easy when I learned that my insurance would cover 100% of the cost. I can try that approach and see how it works out.
Today I did a half hour weight lifting session at the clubhouse in the fitness room.
I-Mad and I-Mid still pretty high. 5/6 ?
Sleep = 9/10 hours average
a.m. HR = 54BPM
Weight = #153
Workout = Weights 39 minutes
June 18th, Tuesday
3.5 miles very deliberately. First 800m was walk, stretch, jog and fitness course. I set out to run 2 miles and misjudged the turn around point, so it turned into three and a half total. If I run with an extremely short stride my Achilles tendon is quiet. It took a full 15 minutes of movement to reach a non-pain state. I think I’m going to be very sore tomorrow. Thursday is doctor appointment.
Stats – Stable
July 17th, Monday
“Stand me up at the gates of hell”……
Ran for 38 pleasant minutes for the first time at Turkey Swamp Park today. This was an act of defiance and maybe stupidity. I made the appointment this morning with Dr Faith Schick from Rothman Institute. And then I decided that, if I’m going to be telling her of my injuries on Thursday, I may as well be presenting my feet with the most serious and obvious injury so it can be properly diagnosed. So, I decided I would do what I love to do with my feet and run for three days through the discomfort so that on Thursday morning the effects of running will be obvious. I will probably set back my recovery for a few weeks as a result. But, what the hell? Both feet are aching as a result of the run. (PF in left foot, AT in right) So, here I am nursing two sore feet but planning to run again tomorrow anyhow. Being old and retired is really great.!
The good news is that after almost 5 weeks of sporadic training I still weigh 150 lb. My log shows that in four weeks I have done only 14 workouts and only four of those have been running. The first week was planned rest after my 3 races at Nationals. The good thing about logs is that they make it impossible to lie to yourself. That is why every serious course country runner should keep an extensive, detailed log especially for the summer. Don’t deceive yourself! State championships are won in the “dog days of summer.”
I-Mad and I-Mid @ 5/6
Weight = 150lbs?
Sleep = 8 hours average
a.m. HR -54BPM
Workout – 38 minutes run
July 14th, 15th and 16th
Friday, 14th – off
Saturday, 15th – Weights (40 mins.) stationary bike (20 mins), water run (10 mins)
Sunday, 16th off
Too many days off and no running for way too long. Making an appointment at Rothman Institute tomorrow. Can’t figure out why foot issues are not improving with rest.
Also, four Epsom salt soaks had no positive effect.
Not posting much because it is too boring. Don’t want to whine., too much…,☹
Stats – Humbug!
July 13th, Thursday
Spent 40 minutes in the exercise room today hitting the weights pretty hard. I covered my arms and shoulders, my legs and some moderate core work. I jogged on the treadmill for 5 minutes until my Achilles tendon started to ache. I was happy to get in some solid work.
I also took three half -hour hot Epsom salt soaks for both my feet in the last twenty-four hours. I did this on the recommendation of Rich Refi and with the validation from my wife, both of whom touted the healing qualities of Epsom salt. After the first soak both my feet felt a little more tender in the problematic areas. This morning’s soaked seemed to be a little more soothing and things felt better. So tonight I decided to add another soak on the premise that maybe in the long run this will be an effective treatment for both my injuries. I will update my progress with this treatment.
The following is a note for my senior readers about term life insurance.
As I was facing the termination of my term life insurance policy that I’ve had for a number of years, I was facing the possibility of a three to four times rate increase for a new policy. At the same time through Runner’s World magazine I read about a company called Health IQ which offers special rates on life insurance for people who can prove they are in good physical condition. I contacted them and bought an excellent policy at a very reasonable rate after I was able to validate my physical condition. Basically if you can prove you can run an 8 minute mile your eligible. So if anybody would like to know more about these possibilities, please respond with a comment to this post and we can talk.
I-Mad and I-Mid = 5
SLEEP = 8 HOURS
July 11, Tuesday
Let’s get started!
Tonight I headed to Lake CARASALJO to meet the Jackson Liberty cross country boys and coaches for the first summer practice session. We had 15 boys, the largest turnout since I began working with this team. I ran my first 2 miles in a while with two of the new guys with no foot discomfort. It was a good workout for the whole team including drills and core work. The season looks most promising. I won the “Cutest Towel” award tonight.
Stats – Been inconsistent like my training for a while. Generally ok. Definitely must get back to regular stat recording.
June 30 thru July 7th
Mostly avoiding running….
Tuesday, July 11th, will mark two running related moments. It will be a month since my 1500m race at Nationals and will be the start of cross-country practice with Jackson Liberty boys cross-country. I am excited to reconnect with the coaches and boys of the cross country team for a new and promising season.
The recovery month has been one of fits and starts. Each time I have attempted to begin running, my feet began to ache once again. So I would opt for swimming and biking to avoid foot strikes and allow for complete healing. My most recent workouts have been swimming, water running and weightlifting. I have no idea the extent to which I am conceding my fitness by taking so much time off. But I have no intentions of competing for another two months at least. So the plan is to avoid foot strikes until the 11th and see how that works out. That seems like an appropriate time to begin coaching and running simultaneously.