Just when things start going well disaster strikes.
Well that’s what happened to me last weekend. Once a year my wife and I join the Bike the Coast event in Oceanside. A safe easy route that takes us inland along a quiet bike path that has no cars. It’s perfect for kids, families, and beginners. What could go wrong?
Crash! That’s what.
Nothing serious as my bike wasn’t even damaged. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even fall off my bike. So things were more or less okay, or so I thought.
How did it happen you ask?
Well… I was ‘forced’ into a location were I would lose my balance or go flying over a pile of huge mean sharp-looking rocks. To regain balance, I had to slam on the breaks and dismount from the pedals. Unfortunately, my right leg (and foot) ended up being an extra brake as the pedal slammed up to my achilles tendon. This resulted in a large amount of tread coming off the toe of my running shoe as the pedal embedded itself into my skin.
There was some swelling as expected, so I followed the RICE guidelines when I could. Basically that means no running until the swelling goes down. When I was younger, recovery would be 3-4 days. But here I am, over a week later, and there are times when the swelling actually increases. Not good. Plus when I put on running shoes hoping to get a little circulation going, the side cuts deeply into the ankle’s swollen tissue… so even walking is out.
This is now putting me in a precarious situation as I will be traveling to New Zealand next month to do the Tongariro Passage – a 22km hike with a 500m evaluation gain over the ‘lands of mordor’.
Hopefully there will be some quick recovery in the next few weeks as I would still like to do a few treks and runs before then.
Wish me luck!
Distance: 8.98km Time: 01:00 Pace: 7’12” kCal: 844 Heart: 137/158 RPE: 5 Type: Just wanted to run
Today was the day.
The knee specialist saw my MRI, shook his head, look me in the eye and said the words that all runners fear.
You got a tear. Actually, you’ve probably got 3 tears in the meniscus and your ACL is pretty thin.
Wow. Not good.
“But I feel great!”, I told him. “Really?”, he asked.
Up on the bed I went and time to start playing with the knees.
“Ow! Okay. That hurt… uhm… a little”. Well, you just can’t cheat the doctor, I guess.
He is the specialist after all!
So the bad news is that the tears will not heal on their own.
The good news is that, since I don’t really have any pain, I have to just watch what I’m doing and run properly (good old Chi Running!).
As for a marathon? He strongly discourages it. But… if it’s something I want to do… well…
Just be careful and do not run 5 times a week.
So a compromise.
I’ll run 1/2 the marathon and walk the other 1/2 (since I didn’t have any trouble in my long runs). He’ll do a follow-up with me 2 weeks after the marathon and send me to a physio/sports med clinic so that they can help me in any way I need.
It sounds like a plan. These next few weeks are not crazy runs, anyway. Tonight I’ll do a little 5k run locally just because it’s nice out. Hmmm… does it count toward’s one of my ‘4’ runs this week?
Tomorrow’s another day and I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Distance: 10.02km Time: 1:21 Pace: 8’07 kCal: 953 Heart: N/A RPE: 4 Type: Pain Assessment
Wow – I did that!
It was another good day.
After going to the doctor I got pissed off that I’ve got this knee problem.
I rested a little and then started out walking a bit last weekend.
I was out 5 days in a row taking it easy and then did a little running.
Well, after I got invited for a run around the lake with another runner (a first for me), I decided that I need to really stop moaning about my problems and get out there – without killing myself (I might add).
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Distance: 8.07km Time: 1:07 Pace: 8’21 kCal: 767 Heart: N/A RPE: 3-5 Type: Pain Assesment
Hello every one.
Well… sort of back.
I had some serious pain and swelling in my left knee and the doctor said…
no running, no walking, no cycling, no jumping, no swimming, no sailing, no scuba diving…
You get the picture. The worse part was that I was going on vacation to the Rivera Maya with great intensions of running along the beach, climbing the great Mayan Ruins, and scuba diving.
Hmmm…. I guess I needed to compromise.
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Distance: 13.08km Time: 2:31 Pace: 11’34 kCal: 1023 Heart: N/A RPE: 3 Type: recovery
Distance: 10.49km Time: 2:06 Pace: 12’03 kCal: 900 Heart: N/A RPE: 3 Type: recovery
So last week I hurt my knee doing some sprints. I thought that is wasn’t anything serious, so I decided to take a few days off and walk on the weekend down at my favorite Newport Beach hangout.
The first day I planed to do just 10k, but my wife wanted to do the whole boardwalk (that includes the piers) so that total was around 15k (my Nano is off a little). I think the extra 5k was a little too much because I needed to stop a few times to stretch my leg. That was okay, I deserve it since because I didn’t wear a compression sleeve – I just think it makes me look too weird.
Okay – I guess that’s the mocho man thing – but wearing a pink or blue brace is kinda embarrassing.
So I got home and iced it up all afternoon. Come supper time, I was feeling pretty good.
Then came Sunday…
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Today I was reading up on Fartlek training. It basically allows you to go from a lazy jogger to a racer. Well, I was thinking that could have been me, because I’m a very slow runner… er jogger with a 10k at just over an hour and a 5k always over 30 minutes.
But, I failed to mention that I’m currently writing this post from bed. Why? Well, 2 days ago I did an equivalent of a Fartlek training session and ended up pulling my knee out (I have an ACL tear straight though on my left knee). The reason is that I didn’t run with proper mechanics and with an already bad knee, the speed work only made it worse.
I think tomorrow I’ll be able to get out and do (at least) a 5 or 10k walk. Then it’s back to jogging (easy) and get my chi running working to rebuild my breathing and VO2 max (aka – get back in shape).
There will be time enough for me do speed training in the future, but for now I plan on running regularly and improving my technique at a speed that doesn’t make me sloppy and push my body to injury.
Wish me luck – and we’ll see how it goes. After all, it did do 4 10k races last month with no problem!
I don’t know how people can do it. My runs at the moment are very small and I’m still just starting on my Marathon training. But I’m finding it hard to get the time in to do my runs and to eat properly (and to eat at the right hours).
This last week I had little sleep due to a few 4-hour travel days jumping between Irvine and San Diego – leaving early, returning late, and then doing more work in the wee hours of the morning. But when I need to work, I work. I know I’ll be able get my runs in, it’s not a question of priority, simply organizational skills and multitasking. To complicate matters, I sprained my ankle mid-week getting into a cab at the train station. I’m such a clutz!
So while I had a great run on Monday in the rain, it ended up being my only run for the week!
Then I was hoping to get out Friday morning, but took the advice of fellow runners and skipped it. Saturday morning, I went down to the boardwalk around Newport Pier and did a few little 2 to 5 minute easy jogs to see how my ankle was.
My ankle seemed pretty good and of course it was raining; when the rest of the week it was nice, I might add!
But I had the running-itch to get out, especially when taking the train back from San Diego. I could see all the runners out along the beach trials an hour before sunset. I was like a puppy dog staring out the window wanting to go out and play.
Hmmm… I marked those places on the map, so I plan to check them out in the following weeks. So that’s it, not too exciting for a week of training. Total miles for the week, including the Pasadena10k – 14 miles.
I’m hoping that next week will be a ‘normal’ training week.