Friday, February 4, 2011

Follow me on DailyMile

I am taking a break from making posts here on my blog, but I have started using DailyMile and will be logging my miles there. To view my log – Click Here

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Treadmill Workout

Hopped on the treadmill tonight and did an hour of walking at a 5% incline at 4 mph for a total of approx. 750 cals burned.  I felt pretty good throughout the entire workout.  Soaked my foot in hot water afterwards with epson salts, which felt good, and am continuing to take cod liver oil and magnesium citrate pills at night.  After resting for awhile following a workout, the soreness on the bottom of my left foot still seems to flare up.  But I’m hoping it will begin to ease and I’ll be able to train through it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

5 on the roads

I felt ready to attempt another run tonight to see how my foot would respond so I headed downtown and back for a relatively quick 5 miles.  I was happy that I felt no pain during the run, but had a little soreness later in the evening.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Plantar Fasciitis Update

Well.. I thought I was finally starting to get over the pain I've been having in the arch of my left foot, but after several runs here and there I found that my plantar fasciitis issue is still trying to hang around. For those that don't know, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the heel and arch of the foot (as shown above).

So, I decided to make an appointment last Friday to see Dr. Turkali, who some of my running friends see when they have injuries. He is a big proponent of nutrition and stretching, which makes sense especially when you are a runner. While at his office, he did the Graston technique on my legs and feet (this consists of using tools to massage and eliminate scar tissue) and also had me do some active release therapy stretching. While laying on the table, the Graston technique was certainly painful at times, but afterwards my legs felt great and relaxed. The following couple days after my appointment it seemed like the work he had done on me definitely helped. He told me to continue taking cod liver oil once a day and also gave me some magnesium citrate pills to take. So, I will continue doing what the Doc tell me to do, but I may have to resort to running through some discomfort soon whether I like it or not. Hopefully the pain will totally go away though sooner than later.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snowshoeing in the CVNP

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This afternoon I met my brother and Dan Bellinger in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for a couple hours of snowshoeing.  This was my first time wearing the new snowshoes that I bought last week and they performed really well.  We had a great time and enjoyed hiking through approx. 8 inches of snow in areas that weren’t packed down.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I’m Back!


The arch of my left foot started to get really sore during the 2nd half of Bills Bad Ass 50K last month and lingered around for awhile afterwards, so I decided I better take some time off to rest it.  I believe what I’ve been dealing with for the past 4 weeks is plantar fasciitis – a common injury among runners.  The other day I felt like I was finally turning the corner though and could start running again.  So, of course I picked today to do it, with temperatures in the teens and sub zero 30 mph wind gusts.  I guess you could say that the weather elements gave me the added incentive I needed to get outside and challenge myself.  Winning a spot in next year’s Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 miler for the 3rd year in a row has also helped rekindle my fire.  Even though I felt some soreness in my left arch after tonight’s run I felt pretty good overall during the run.  I’ll just have to keep reminding myself to gradually increase my mileage to avoid any issues.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bill’s Bad Ass 50K

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For the 2nd year in a row I proved to be a bad ass at Bill’s Bad Ass 50K by finishing in a time of 6 hours, 49 minutes

Click here for complete results and photos.