Monthly Archives: February 2014

I also run for coffee with friends..

It’s been a long week.  Between the weather issues and the way my car has been (or not) performing in the snow, and being behind in work related documentation – I’ve been delinquent in posting about my training runs this week.



Tuesday, Feb 20th

After taping, stretching, doing soft tissue work and taking a break from running for 2 days, I was feeling well enough to jump on the treadmill Tuesday morning.  I skipped the Sunday run to give my sore ankle a rest.  By Tuesday I was a little stiff, but I had no pain. I was able to run a tad above easy. The room was very cool. I turned the tv on to the local weather/news station and muted it for visual distraction, then I listened to a podcast. I set the treadmill for an incline of 1, and just started running. By the time I looked at the clock, I was halfway through the run and feeling rather good.  I showered, and was out the door and on time for my first home care appointment. I had no ankle pain, and I averaged a high 8 pace. I was pleasantly surprised.

Garmin Data for Tuesday


Thursday, Feb 18th

Thursday I tried to follow the same plan, but I had forgotten to turn the heat down to ‘uninhabitable’ the night before, and so it was close to 68 degrees when I got downstairs. I had my coffee, changed, set up my gadgets, and started on another run.  I made sure to turn on the floor fan, which did diddlysquat for me. I soon became overheated, and VERY distracted.. despite trying to concentrate on what was going on during another podcast I was listening to. I could not WAIT for the run to be over.  I was actually rather cranky afterwards. I knew I was working on Saturday, and I had a lot of other things to do around the house as well as food shopping and preparation,  so a run was most likely out of the question. That made me even more cranky.

Garmin Data for Thursday



Sunday, Feb 23rd

On Saturday, the Runsketeers decided on another group run  for the following day, and for me, the first run outside in a couple of weeks. The weather was warming up nicely and we decided on Eisenhower Park for location and the likely hood that it had been maintained for snow removal.  Assumptions were correct and although we had to slow down in some sections, and walk for fear of slipping in others, the paths were mainly clear. SIOR completed her second 7 mile run that morning, choosing not to kill us by having us do 15 miles with her.  She was also dressed in shorts.  I was covered in clothes, and she was wearing shorts. It was 42 degrees and sunny when we started. Maybe I’ll suck it up the next run and try it myself.  Although I was warm at the end, I was not overheated.  Emerging Runner and I were happy with the almost 7 miles we did. The run brought my mileage to 17 this week, which I’m happy about considering I worked yesterday. We stopped for our usual post run coffee.  We had to cut short our banter as there were some schedules that needed to be met. We almost forgot to take our picture, but SIOR, having the younger brain, remembered before we walked out the door. A kind gentleman sitting at his computer obliged us.



The Runsketeers!
Photo credit: Kind man at computer and Emerging Runner


My next race is a 4 miler at Nickerson Beach in Long Beach on March 9th.  I ran it last year. That race starts at 9:00 am.  SIOR and ER will be running in Huntington at the St. Patrick’s 5k. It starts around 1:00. Dare I try to run that race, too? Or should I just stop by and take pics and video? Undecided at this point.

The weather looks like much of the same as last week – cold and snowy.  It’ll be back to the treadmill.


Garmin Data – Sunday Runsketeers

Runmeter Data

42° ,  0 mph,  93% H,   ☀

Running 10 miles on the TM, not without issue.

I followed through on my decision to do 10 miles on the treadmill.  I turned the tv on with the volume muted to provide some visual distraction, and I listened to a podcast. The room wasn’t as cool as I would have liked it to be. I was cold at the start, but by mile 2 I started to get warm. Mile 4 I started to sweat, and my ankle started to bother me.  It’s amazing how incredibly complex and adaptive the body is.  After being on my terribly unsupportive couch for the last 2 weeks watching Breaking Bad in it’s entirety (except for the last 8 eps that haven’t been released for free yet) I started up with what I believe to be some sciatic symptoms.  I had this last year, but far worse – with a dead leg and spasms.  My fear was a progressive neuro disease, which was basically ruled out, but only one test (EMG) was positive for a chronic degenerative nerve root on the right.  Since there was no evidence for nerve root compression from the MRI, why I have an issue with my nerve is still a mystery. When it started up again last week, I was diligent about my stretching, especially after running and in the morning before work. I seemed to have put at bay the worst of it, but running while the mechanics just don’t quite work right caused a secondary issue. Now I’m dealing with some posterior tib tendonitis, and I did a really bad thing, running 10 miles on it yesterday. Last night I treated it with massage, cross friction, stretch and ice – then topped it off with some Voltaren gel before bed. This morning it felt a little better but stiff. I did not wear my Uggs (no arch support AT ALL) as I usually do when I head downstairs, but put on running socks and the supportive Asics I got from volunteering for the NYC marathon.  Since I’m standing at my computer now, it only took me about 30 minutes to feel the strain again.  I sat down and taped for support and edema (there was some swelling) and put my shoes back on. It feels much better now.


Swelling under the web


So, no running for me today, but that’s ok, because I was able to train for greater than 8 miles yesterday – and I should try to continue to do that, because I start to fall apart around the 8 mile mark.  Getting to 10 miles is stressful, and in the case of running a half marathon,  if I remember correctly, during the last 5k I was running on empty. My form so completely broke down that I became inefficient and subsequently abusive to my body for the remainder of the race.

A recent goal of mine is to be able to run 10 miles in under 90 minutes. Back in October of 2012, (before I started blogging) I ran 10 miles in 1:35. Here is the data.  I can’t really say that I beat that time this weekend, because IMHO, you can’t compare TM runs to road runs. It’s just not the same. Even though I had for the most part an elevation of 1% going on for most of the run,  the treadmill is motorized. The road is immutable. Totally different where it counts the most.

The goal still needs to be met. Especially if I want to run the Brooklyn half in under 2 hours.

I got my 22 miles in for the week. Hopefully two days off with taping and treatment will mend me. I’ll use the laser when I get to work on Monday. I’ll see how much it costs to use ionto with dexamethasone if things don’t improve by the middle of the week.

Garmin Data