Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's back

I woke up Saturday morning with the immediate thought of "I need to go to the gym. Now. For a long time." Biking socially was fine, but the work out compulsion is back and running is the exercise that fills the need. Two hours on the bike is less beneficial than 20 minutes running when it comes to endorphins. I'm going to be crawling the walls until April 11. I better get running clearance that day or I don't know what I'm going to do! Moderation is a problem as well because I'm not going to want to start with running 60 seconds. I want to dive right back into 3 miles on the first day.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Talking with the trainer

I did my "normal" 60-minute bike today and talked to Les the whole time. He gave me some pointers, such as icing my legs after a long race, massaging my shins after the same long race, stretching with a foam roller. He's told me most of this before, but I didn't listen. He said too that he'd give me a free workout sometime after I see the doctor on April 11. When my mom signed up with the Y, she got a tin full of goodies and freebies. When I signed up, I got nothing! My friend from high school was seeing a trainer there and I told her to see Les. I said for what she would pay, he was the only one I'd even consider. He's been training for 20 years (ish) and knows more about the important stuff than the dr. Yes, the orthopedist can fix what's broken, but he's not an athlete and doesn't know much about preparing for a race, or getting the body ready for a ridiculously long race, like 26.2 miles.

So a whole bunch more nothing for three weeks, then meet with Les very soon after the dr gives me clearance for high impact exercise again. Also on the very immediate calendar - go to the running clinic at New Balance in Farmington Hills and have a running coach check out my technique.

It's funny (that's ironic funny, not haha funny) to think I've been running in some form or another for 29 years and I have to learn how to do it. I always thought it was just a natural extension of walking.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More nothing

My legs continue to feel fine. On Saturday I walked 2 miles, biked 7.4 and did some light weights. All remains well!

Stand by for further updates :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

All quiet on the Western front

I haven't biked since Sunday, haven't touched weights in a few weeks. I guess this is why my girlfriend said to get a hobby! There's only so much to be said about nothing...

Although my leg feels great :D

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Testing it out

I've refrained from gymming every singe day since seeing the doctor. I went on Tuesday and Friday and biked a half hour each. Saturday I wanted to try for an hour. Normally, I change the resistance anywhere from 1-10. I started at level 1 and at level 3, my leg starting hurting a tiny bit, so - duh!- I dialed it back to 1 and did the 60 minutes, absolutely none worse for the wear! Instead of completing between 15 and 16 miles, I managed 14.24. I'll take it!

On a related note, my girl friend told me I have to get a hobby for the next five weeks, and no, obsessing over running isn't a hobby! Likewise blogging daily about it doesn't count as a hobby either, so I started the "One a Day" photo project, in which I take a photo every single day. Check it out right here

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Dream Crusher

The verdict is: stress fractures. Yes, plural. The right one is in the lower tibia and was the cause of constant pain, enough to get me into the doctor. The left one was a surprise :( Thankfully that one doesn't hurt and I never noticed it.

The good news: The prescribed remedy is rest. I saw online that serious stress fractures may sometimes be put in casts. Thankfully this wasn't the case!

The even better news: I can bike. Although I think the doctor's idea of stationary biking and my idea are worlds apart, so I have a call in to Les - the best trainer at the Y - to develop a fitness plan to maintain my lung strength until I can run again. If left to my own devices, I'll be there every day, biking 16 mph for at least an hour. I'm not entirely sure this is what the doctor had in mind, so I need to pick Les's brain and tap into his years of experience for good advice and planning.

Now the bad news: I can't run until I see the doctor again. He said 4-6 weeks and the receptionist offered me the very end of April. I asked for something earlier because I'm not going to delay running for weeks longer than I have to. Even then, it'll be back to the couch potato to 5K program, starting with running 60 seconds at a time...

The really bad news: Even before he knew what it was, the dr said absolutely not to the Martian. I'm likewise excluded from the mini indoor triathlon. Looks like my season will commence with the Dexter-Ann Arbor run, but instead of the half marathon, my target will be the 5k. Sigh.

Before I start running again, it would behoove me to have someone measure my legs and make sure they're both the same length. New Balance in Farmington Hills does a running clinic, so methinks I should head that way and have a running coach critique what I'm doing wrong, because it appears I'm doing something I shouldn't!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The waiting game

I see the doctor on Tuesday. I'm seeing the same one I saw in the summer and I wasn't crazy about him, but they have an x-ray machine in the office, so it's convenient if nothing else.

I'm not at all a patient waiter!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It all comes crumbling down

I wrote in my journal on February 16 that my right shin hurt. It's now March 2 and it doesn't feel great. Does it hurt? Only when I put any weight on it. I tried aspirin and a Flector patch, but neither worked, ditto for wrapping it (compression) in an Ace bandage. Ice seems to work for the very short term, but after a half hour, the pain is back.

So I'm off to the doctor tomorrow for an x-ray if nothing else. This sucks :(