Ran a 5K today

I am going to take a week to a month off of running to heal my achilles and plantar fasciitis.

I'll probably do a lot of walking/cross training but won't add it to the 500 miles goal. I might as well rest my injuries now in January than in spring and summer.

S0LIDARITY wrote:
goman wrote:

I am going to take a week to a month off of running to heal my achilles and plantar fasciitis.

I'll probably do a lot of walking/ but won't add it to the 500 miles goal. I might as well rest my injuries now in January than in spring and summer.

How bad is your Plantar Fasciitis? My only knowledge is how the injury crippled Antonio Gates for at least two NFL seasons.

Not that bad.. I actually ran 8 miles on it New Year's Eve at a reasonable pace. It warms up but it is nagging. My achilles is also nagging. Just want to feel better when I run.

Okay, I haven't heard of any of my runner-friends getting plantar fasciitis. Only people complaining about it ruining their fantasy football seasons, in which case the injury was severely limiting.

For those of you with tendinitis, what is healing like?

I've been out of running for about five or six weeks now.
I have days where it feels fantastic, no pain, even on stairs; then I have days where it hurts getting out of a chair?

Is this common recovery?

It's injury season! I mentioned in the biking thread about my broken toe. It's over a month now since it happened, and there's still residual swelling and stiffness. It's not overly tender, and I'm not really favoring the foot or limping much. I know that isn't a sign it's okay to run on it, but I'm kinda antsy. Between holiday eating (which wasn't apocalyptic this year) and not having done very much physically in a while, I'm feelin' the chunk.

I can bike, and have no real excuse not to, but I'd like to also be able to run on my treadmill. Anyone had a broken middle toe and recall how long they waited to run?

Ghostship wrote:

For those of you with tendinitis, what is healing like?

I've been out of running for about five or six weeks now.
I have days where it feels fantastic, no pain, even on stairs; then I have days where it hurts getting out of a chair?

Is this common recovery?

So, I'm still in the process of healing, but I can concur that there's significant variability day-to-day in how it feels. There seems to be a strong correlation to how active I was the previous day, and how it feels.

F'rinstance, I moved an entire cord of wood this Monday, and my ankle was sore on Tuesday. Rested Tues and it felt good on Wed. Elliptical on Wed and it felt good on Thurs. Ran on Thurs, and it's a wee bit sore today.

Sunuvabitch. I basically haven't exercised since the week before Christmas. Pneumonia. No end in sight. I have a Spartan Sprint in late March that will be hideous if I can't run and work out. Unhappy.

Posting in here cuz I made a decision and if I start saying it out loud, it gets real-er.

Next January, I'll be running the both the Disney half marathon and full marathon in a single weekend.

Before you go all "nooo, that's crazy" (it is), don't worry, I haven't completely lost my mind. Even though I don't post much in the fitness threads, I'm not a couch potato. The last two years, I've been running obstacle races, with my longest being a 14-miler at Mt. Killington last Sept, plus one 12-hour, 20 mile endurance event. I've also run in the past, with my distance topping out at 8 miles, though I've switched over to focusing on strength training, so I haven't run as much this past year.

This came about because my fiancee and some of her friends are going to run the half-marathon that weekend, so I'll be running with them. Thinking about it, I decided that a half wouldn't be a huge challenge for me. I started thinking about the marathon, decided I wanted to do that, but still want to run with her, so...both it is.

I'll be starting my running in earnest in the summer, using the marathon training plan on Cool Running. This should be an amusing adventure.

Do you have a full day break between the half and the full marathon? That's still not ideal, but it would definitely be doable. You would be running a half marathon as a general day of training a lot. I would balk at doing a half on a Saturday and then a full on Sunday. You really need a complete rest day or at most a 3 mile day to stay loose that day just before a marathon. Generally, your body does some really weird things starting at mile 20 of a marathon. You really would want at least a day of rest beforehand.

Unfortunately, there isn't a rest day between. That said, I've found that with my current level of fitness, my body tends to recover really fast. Typically, my recovery time after a hard workout or moderate-length obstacle race (<10 miles) is under 24 hours. While the scheduling isn't super ideal, I think I'll be okay since the shorter distance is happening before the longer one. If it was the other way around, I don't think I'd try it.

Final follow up with the surgeon tomorrow. I'll be back; well at least doing physio and some cardio.
If it does happen that things didn't heal well, you'll see me in the Farkin Frapulism thread.

Chaz wrote:

Unfortunately, there isn't a rest day between. That said, I've found that with my current level of fitness, my body tends to recover really fast. Typically, my recovery time after a hard workout or moderate-length obstacle race (<10 miles) is under 24 hours. While the scheduling isn't super ideal, I think I'll be okay since the shorter distance is happening before the longer one. If it was the other way around, I don't think I'd try it. ;)

On behalf of your kidneys, you're a mad-man, and it's a bad idea. For the love of god, hydrate the hell out of yourself.

Don't worry, there will be SO MUCH HYDRATION!

I want to be running left right and center, but the combination of my aging body and my unwise choices seem to be conspiring against me.

I mean, sure, I could be resting up to let my sore ankle and knee recover. Or, I could go snowboarding on MLK and snowshoeing this weekend. Because the snow isn't going to be there forever, joints. ARE YOU EVEN LISTENING TO ME, JOINTS?

More fuel for the midfoot vs heel strike argument.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/0...

TL:DR version: you're both right, and you're both wrong. Probably.

Chaz wrote:

Don't worry, there will be SO MUCH HYDRATION!

Yeah, don't say I didn't warn you. That'll be tough. I would think you'd want to put in more mileage and time than a normal just training for a marathon schedule. Good luck!

Jonman wrote:

More fuel for the midfoot vs heel strike argument.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/0...

TL:DR version: you're both right, and you're both wrong. Probably.

I think that's the conclusion we came to earlier in this thread. It's a matter of personal preference, knowing what your body can handle, and moderation. I'm still enjoying minimalist running, but I switch to cushy shoes every once in awhile if my legs are feeling stressed.

Wooo hooo. Shoulder blade healed well. Activity is a go. Now physio. Maybe some treadmill. Certainly some range of motion exercises.

Ghostship wrote:

Wooo hooo. Shoulder blade healed well. Activity is a go. Now physio. Maybe some treadmill. Certainly some range of motion exercises.

Awesome!

Has anyone of you fellow runners come across a genuinely entertaining and/or useful podcast aimed at runners or similarly inclined people? I've found a few, but they've been a load of sh*te and just embarrassing to listen to.

I'm humbly posting this question here as I've given up hope on my running catch-all thread taking off.

I always figured that this was the catch-all. I just listen to regular old podcasts because I don't particularly want to think about running while doing it.

@MothBeHe, I'm not overly fond of thinking about running while running. Are you looking for something that discusses running or something to distract you from the fact that you're currently running?

I also can't read much about running. It gets stale really quickly, I frequently found myself reading a rehash of an article I saw less than two months ago. Maybe if you're really into the barefoot running debate you can spend a lot of thought on running.

I ran today. I RAN! There were trees and people and cars. And A SKY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...

It would be more effective if I could embed with the timestamp.

Ghostship wrote:

I ran today. I RAN! There were trees and people and cars. And A SKY!

S0LIDARITY wrote:

@MothBeHe, I'm not overly fond of thinking about running while running. Are you looking for something that discusses running or something to distract you from the fact that you're currently running?

I also can't read much about running. It gets stale really quickly, I frequently found myself reading a rehash of an article I saw less than two months ago. Maybe if you're really into the barefoot running debate you can spend a lot of thought on running.

I'm looking for something that discusses running, but it doesn't have to be too specific. I'd like to hear about people's sentiments and experiences about running, tricks to bring in some variety and suggestions on how to eat for optimal training. I wouldn't mind some tips on technique, either. I've got to the point where merely banking miles isn't boosting my performance any more.

But, more than anything, I'd like to listen to runners with a terrific sense of humour. Of course, a thread on an internet forum could serve the same purpose!

MothBeHe wrote:

I've got to the point where merely banking miles isn't boosting my performance any more.

Are you doing any weight/strength training?
Do you ever do fartleks?

S0LIDARITY wrote:

Are you doing any weight/strength training?
Do you ever do fartleks?

It just so happens that I visited a gym for the first time in yonks 4 weeks ago! I immediately remembered why I dislike those places, but - granted - I should be doing strength training on a regular basis.

As for fartleks, not really, but I do interval training whenever the streets aren't covered in snow and ice and I feel comfortable making sudden changes of speed. The biggest obstacle to doing proper fartlek is the absence of someone or something that would push me on and make me kick up some serious dust. I wish I had one of those lure rabbits they use in greyhound races.

The main "challenge" I subject myself to is a monthly 10k race, where I always push myself to the limit.

@MBH, Make sure you do squats at the gym. I prefer to do body weight exercises because my apartment's gym lacks a bar, I love jump-lunges. You could also add in some sprints aside from your regular workouts if you have a good space for that.

My fatlek trick is to use telephone poles. Set a ratio and follow it Maybe start with a comfortable pace for every three poles, then sprint for one. When you get used to it, bump it up to 2:1, then 1:1. If you want to go crazy, weight it the other way. I just got home from doing speed & agility drills. I run almost exclusively to train for playing Ultimate Frisbee, so you might not be interested in those. It sure helps beat the boredom though to do some ladder drills once in a while.

Pro Tip. Let's say you've been sick with bronchitis/flu/pneumonia/whatever for three weeks. And let's say it's about 25 degrees outside. And let's say you haven't run for a year. When your body says to you "Hey you, we should go for a run, it will make us feel better!" ignore it. Your body is lying.

That was one of my slowest runs in a looong time. I intended to take it really easy for all the reasons above, but ended up going even slower than planned. And even so, when I finally hit my driveway and stopped running, I immediately launched into a massive, nonstop coughing/choking/wretching marathon which hasn't stopped yet.

Curse you lying body. Curse you.

MothBeHe wrote:
S0LIDARITY wrote:

@MothBeHe, I'm not overly fond of thinking about running while running. Are you looking for something that discusses running or something to distract you from the fact that you're currently running?

I also can't read much about running. It gets stale really quickly, I frequently found myself reading a rehash of an article I saw less than two months ago. Maybe if you're really into the barefoot running debate you can spend a lot of thought on running.

I'm looking for something that discusses running, but it doesn't have to be too specific. I'd like to hear about people's sentiments and experiences about running, tricks to bring in some variety and suggestions on how to eat for optimal training. I wouldn't mind some tips on technique, either. I've got to the point where merely banking miles isn't boosting my performance any more.

But, more than anything, I'd like to listen to runners with a terrific sense of humour. Of course, a thread on an internet forum could serve the same purpose!

Competitor magazine is free, has a digital edition, and covers a lot of those topics. I usually pick up a hard-copy version from my gym or running store and leave it in the bathroom for poop-browsing.

Cut my supposed 10-miler in half yesterday because I was afeared that I was developing shin splints.

I've been struggling with ankle tendonitis and a sore knee (from a known old cartiliage-damage issue) in my right leg this year, and I noticed a dull ache in the lower inside area of my shin on the same leg. Did a WebMD lookup and convinced myself that that was shin splints.

Note that I had a long day snowboarding two days prior to this. So I get in from my short run, ice my leg and sit around feeling sorry for myself.

Wake up this morning, and it feels great! So I still don't know if there's anything going on there or if I was just sore from a big day on the mountain.