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How is the knee?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Since I ran the Lake George 5K I have not taken a single running step, nada not a one! I have been trying to heal my left ACL. My knee was unstable during the race and hurt really badly.

I think I can start slowly working the knee. I am going to do cardio on the elliptical. The Mount Evans Ascent is in three weeks. The problem I face is I am not in good enough shape to run 14.5 miles starting at 10,600 feet and ending at 14,264 feet of elevation. I was really doing well before I blew my knee out.

I have my work cut out for me.


Highest road race in North America. All uphill!



"Race course" 3,000 feet higher than trees can live!

  
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ERLYWA 7/4/2011 12:59PM

    Be very careful with your knee and this ascent. The hip injury I am struggling with now happened while doing Kitt Peak Ascent here in AZ, and it was only 10 miles (of which I did 7.5 before hip totally gave out).

Thanks for your comments on my blog this morning, added you as a friend :)

Erika

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RWALTON730 6/7/2011 11:04AM

    I hope your knee is getting better. Staying off the trails for a while is probably best. I know you will be great at the Mt. Evans Ascent. Do what you can, don't push it. You don't want to injure the knee further putting you out for a longer period of time. Listen to your body.

Rhonda

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CHANGINGHORSES 5/30/2011 10:04AM

    Sometimes listening to our bodies is just not what we want to do, is it? I know where you are coming from and I hope that you are back on the trail soon.



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LKEITHO 5/29/2011 10:23PM

    I hope the knee cooperates with you! All the best!

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NWFL59 5/29/2011 8:46PM

    respect the knee emoticon

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TRILLIUM22 5/29/2011 8:42PM

    Yikes that sound tough

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MAGGIENCALI 5/29/2011 6:56PM

    Sounds like a plan. Best of luck with the training and keep taking care of that knee. emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/29/2011 6:10PM

    Glad that the knee seems to be doing better. Mt. Evans seems to be quiet the race!! If you start and don't finish at least you would have a gauge of how things are going with the knee. I'm pretty confident that if it is doing well you'll be there though and finish too :).

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ELYMWX 5/29/2011 5:38PM

    What's the race policy on walking? What about motorized wheelchairs?

Good luck, Bruce!

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SUZWARNR 5/29/2011 5:36PM

    Sounds really painful. Start off slow and don't push it. You don't want to make it worse. Hope all goes well when you start running again.

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BSTAKINGACTION 5/29/2011 2:09PM

    Yikes. You are one tough guy. Good luck with that and remember to pay attention to your body!

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Oh that hurt - Flatlander 5K Race Report

Sunday, May 08, 2011

At 7:00AM I open the door where my oldest son is sleeping. In a hearty Foghorn Leghorn voice I shout, " Boy, I say boy!" My 30 year-old son, Ben, responds, "Dad, must you do that?" My sons universally hate my traditional wake-up method. Of course, that is why I do it!


Foghorn Leghorn always cracked me up. My sons are not so taken with the big rooster!

It is race day. Ben and I are going to drive 2 hours to Lake George to run in a fun little 5K race. The race is scheduled for 10:00AM. I hate to be late. I am an old guy so I need a lot of time for warm-up and stretching. My left knee is pretty loose and wobbly. I have partially torn ACL that is very frustrating. I hurt the knee 3 weeks ago and the healing process is ongoing. The Lake George race course is hard on healthy knees. In spite of the name "Flatlander", the course is mostly sharp rolling hills that are steep. I just hope my bad knee holds up.


This is Lake George. Only flat part is the levies you can see that run across the lake. This is pretty country.

We arrive at Lake George and there are a bunch of people already there. Last year the race had about 30 runners. This year there are more than 90! This race is too cool to keep a secret for long.



Can't miss the sign!



I know this doesn't look like a lot of people to most racers. However, for a trail race over broken and uneven terrain at 8,700 feet of elevation, 90 runners is quite a few.



The organizers have gone all-out and have sponsors! They handed out ditty bags with water bottles, discount coupons, sticky notes and a ball-point pen. What is the world coming to?



Another runner offered to take a photo of Ben and me. I am the old short guy on the right. I am nearly 6'1". Benny is really tall. He is still the shortest son I have. My other three sons are quite tall.


Here is Ben resting before the race.


I snapped this shot while sitting next to Ben. Ben is wearing Saucony racing flats. I am wearing my Nike Zoom Vomeros.


The principal of the school directs us to the starting line. I am chatting with other runners. The starter shouts " go" over the bullhorn. We take off. Ben says, "Dad, I will run with you for a while."

After a 1/4 mile I glance at my Garmin. I am running way too fast! Ben and I are cruising at 6:43 minute per mile pace. There is no way I can maintain a sub-7 minute per mile pace at 8,700 feet over extremely hilly terrain on a rough trail with only one good knee. I tell Ben I have got to throttle back. I drop down to a more reasonable 9 minute per mile pace. Ben says, "See you dad." When I do a race with my sons or daughter I hear "See you dad" a lot.

Ben powers away from me like I am standing still. I hit the rolling part of the course and decide to blast down the first downhill segment. I hit a 5:20 pace and find that my knee can't take the speed. My knee explodes in pain! Rats! I have to walk. When you are a mountain racer you cannot afford to walk downhill. You have to fly downhill. My time is going to suck!

I can keep up a 13 to 14 minute per mile pace walking. I run when I can. My knee is throbbing and I have no speed.

Lake George is an interesting course. At certain points you can almost see whole the course. I look over and see two runners on the home stretch. These two guys are flying! The guy in front is wearing a white shirt and he is pulling away.

I still have a mile to go. I hit the dreaded stairs (yes this course has a nasty set of stairs to climb). I give it everything I got on the final mile, which ain't much! I get the last mile done in 7:40. I cross the finish line at 28:08. To my surprise I am 14th. There are 76 runners behind me. But my left knee is toast!

I see Ben. He is smiling like the cat that ate the canary. I ask him, "How did you do?" He replies, "18:54". I feel a thrill, "Did you win?" He nods, "Yeah, I won by 20 seconds." Ben ran an average of 6:00 minutes per mile. I did 9:00 minutes per mile.


Here is Ben getting his first place male runner medal. When they announced Ben's time, a lady runner next to me said, "Holy ----!" Everybody clapped and cheered."


Ben also go a trophy for fastest time.



On the way home we stopped and got a brisket and egg breakfast burrito.



This was the sign over the bathroom door inside the BBQ place. I though this was really funny.

After Ben and I ate we headed down to Colorado Springs to watch a high school track meet. My third son is a high school track coach for the Alamosa Mean Moose.


Mean Moose mascot.


I now need to train for the Mount Evans Ascent. I have got six weeks to get ready. Going up hills doesn't seem to bother the knee much. Mount Evans is all up hill. I think that is good. I can train running up hills and maybe get my knee a bit more healed.

  
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NWFL59 5/9/2011 2:31PM

    Congrats to your son on doing so well and to you for doing well despite the blown knee! I just hope you're not doing any permanent damage to it.

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JUDIL62 5/9/2011 11:41AM

    WOW! Good for you and your son. That is awesome!

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CBAILEYC 5/9/2011 10:52AM

    Holy snikies! Great race for both you and your son. Congrats to you both!
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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/8/2011 3:41PM

    Awesome!! Sorry the knee didn't enjoy the race, but glad you got to the end under your own power and now it can take a break :). Congrats to son on his win!! So glad you can run together. Hoping someday my kids will leave me in the dust and go win a race :) (They've got a little time to get there..they are 8, 6 and 4-lol.)

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ELYMWX 5/8/2011 12:54PM

    Well done both of you! Something tells me that even if you have to show up at the starting line with a walker, you'll be there. Good luck...

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TREEBW 5/8/2011 12:31PM

    Great story! Congrats to your son!
Take care of your knee!!!!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 5/8/2011 12:21PM

    I loved that Cartoon. It was me and my Dad's favorite.

Now, take care of you!
:) Jeanne

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HOTRODSANDY 5/8/2011 12:03PM

    Love the wake-up call! Congrats to you and your son. Now I hope you will give your knee the care it needs!

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MAGGIENCALI 5/8/2011 11:01AM

    Way to go, Bruce and congrats to your son too! I can't wait to run with my sister in her first 5k in August. Take care of that knee and best of luck to you on the Mt. Evans traning.

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RWALTON730 5/8/2011 10:49AM

    Beautiful pictures and excellent story. Congrats to Ben on winning the race, and to you for having a great time with a busted knee. Don't you think you should rest the knee and let it heal before hitting MT Evans? Ice!

Thanks for sharing.
Rhonda

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LKEITHO 5/8/2011 10:21AM

    Congrats on getting thru this one! It is a beautiful area. And congratulations to your son on his victory!

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SOVERDAHL 5/8/2011 9:11AM

    Congrats to both of you! You had a great time Bruce! Hope the knee heals quickly.

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LOREENYK 5/8/2011 8:54AM

    I love your reports! Sorry to hear the knee blew up emoticon
I hope you can take it easy for a while now.

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GSCOTTC 5/8/2011 8:08AM

    Get some ice on your knee and maybe a brace for a couple of days.

I would bet your knee is bad because your sons are kneecapping you every time you do the foghorn wake up call.

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TEDDYBABE 5/8/2011 7:50AM

    Way to go Ben! Bruce, hope you didn't set back your healing process! Mount Evans??????

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SUZWARNR 5/8/2011 6:42AM

    I love your son's shoes. Contests to him for getting first place. I'm sorry your knee hurts. Be kind to yourself. Rest your knee. I know. Who am I to give advice about rest huh? LOL. I hope you don't have any races coming up soon. Rest and get better!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 5/8/2011 4:58AM

    Great read - great writing.

I really hope your knee is ok.

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CHANGINGHORSES 5/8/2011 4:48AM

    Bruce are you using any kind of knee brace? How does it feel today?

I'm glad that you got out, you are a maniac!

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SparkQuiz: You Are Almost Ready to Run! Huh?

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Just for fun, and to earn a few spark points, I took a SparkPeople quiz, "Are You Ready to Start Running?" Here are the results:


"You Are Almost Ready to Run

You have the ambition and drive, but you still need a little more time to prepare yourself for the physical and mental challenge of running. When starting a running program. You should be healthy, free of injury and cleared for higher intensity exercise by your doctor since running can be more intense and pose greater risk than other types of exercise. Even if you meet these conditions, you should still find a solid training plan to follow before you head out the door, and commit to honoring and listening to your bodyŚnot pushing through pain or doing too much too soon. To prepare, stick with a consistent walking program for a few more weeks and get clearance from your doctor."

This is spooky!

I thought I was a runner already. I don't meant to brag ( well maybe just a little) but I am pretty fast. I have been first in my age group at numerous races. I finish in the top 25% most of the time. I finish in the top 10% quite often.

I suppose the point of the quiz is to help someone become a cautious runner that has a good attitude. Personally, I am not even sure what to make of these results. I thought having my own personalized coffee cup at the local emergency room was a good thing!

I think I only missed a few key questions that caused me to miserably fail the quiz. Here they are:

Are you currently healthy and free of injuries?
(X) No

Icing the knee after the Long Scraggy 4.25 mile race.


Has a health or fitness professional ever advised you to AVOID running, high-impact, and/or high-intensity exercise for any reason?
(X) Yes

April 16th I partially tore my left ACL after stepping in a hole on Webster Pass. My doctor told me to stay off the knee for 4 to 6 weeks. I was off it for 2 weeks - that was all I could stand.



What is the main reason that you are interested in running?
(X) I want to push myself to reach a new goal like a distance race.

Mount Evan Accent - Highest Road Race in North America. 14.5 miles from 10,600 to 14, 264 feet of elevation.


This is Mount Evans. On June 18th I am going to be on top of this mountain.

How's your balance?
(X) I'm often losing my footing or tripping.

I am a trail runner. I fall a lot! I ran this trail on Wednesday, May 4th. This is the Marshall Mesa Trail near Boulder, CO. I am getting ready for the Lake George "Flatlander" race on Saturday, May 7th. My knee barely felt a thing.


What would you do if you experienced pain or injury during a training run?
(X) Keep going--no pain, no gain

Cold, ice and mud. This is not as comfortable as it looks. Photo taken on the Flying J Trail on March 12th. No pain, no run!



I ran 2 miles on Webster Pass after I blew out my knee. No pain, no getting home!


I am running the Lake George "flatlander" 5 K trail race tomorrow. Last year I finished 4th @ 27 minutes over rugged terrain at high-elevation. This year with a less-than-perfect knee, I just want to finish.



Besides, the SparkQuiz indicates I am almost ready to run. Tomorrow, I will be ready to run.

  
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CHANGE_4_ME 5/9/2011 11:03AM

    I got those results too. I am NOT yet a runner but I will be soon. It does make me feel better about starting a program knowing that we are in the same "almost" category. Good luck with all your endeavors and hope you knee feels better soon.



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ELYMWX 5/8/2011 12:12PM

    I hope your race went well today, and I hope you don't have to use that mug!

From one addicted runner to another, take care.

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L3DESIGNS 5/8/2011 12:26AM

    Hope your knee is healing... remember to let it rest as needed...

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LKEITHO 5/7/2011 10:58PM

    There is no doubt you are a runner - some would say a seriously addicted runner! But then, who am I to talk? I hope everything goes well for you!

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SUZWARNR 5/7/2011 6:08PM

    I guess you and I are alike when it comes to running and our injuries. My achilles has been hurting like a you know what since Tuesday night. Do you think that has stopped me though? Oh no. I still did all my classes the rest of the week and I ran 6 miles yesterday. Tomorrow, I am running a 5K. I hope this issue doesn't trip me up too much. I'm going to run through the pain. Wonder if I should take advil before? Nah. Don't want it to upset my stomach. I'll save it for after. Hope your knee is doing okay.

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RWALTON730 5/7/2011 11:19AM

    No way! You ARE a runner!! One of the best in my book. We all take tumbles, have injuries, and keep going when we can. Good luck in your race today, I know you will be awesome.

I love the puppy picture.

Rhonda

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CBAILEYC 5/7/2011 10:29AM

    I chuckled over your final picture! I hope your 5K trail race today goes well. I truly appreciate your spirit and determination!
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LINDAKAY228 5/7/2011 9:13AM

    Too bad you can't rack up frequent flyer miles for er visits LOL! You are a runner! Congratulations on all you've accomplished so far and good luck today!

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TRILLIUM22 5/7/2011 9:13AM

    It's all a risk benefit equation. In our litigious society companies can't tell us to take big risks. As individuals we can make that decision.

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TEDDYBABE 5/7/2011 9:07AM

    Good luck on your run today! You are probably out there now. Your determination and mental strength definitely is going to overpower anything else. Your poor knee is just trying to keep up! Have fun today! Yeah, that test was not written for you! I agree with Itshowyoulive, you are an inspirational runner!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/7/2011 1:32AM

    LOL-no you should not have your own cup at the local ER emoticon. Trail running is something I have not tried because of my proclivity towards falling-lol! You are indeed a runner and an inspirational one at that. The injury is what affected your score and yes, you will be ready to run...probably sooner than you should...because you are a real runner and that is what runners do, despite the advice on the quiz emoticon emoticon

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Against doctor's orders - Long Scraggy Race report

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Ok, I have never had an abundance of common sense. On Saturday, April 16th I step in hole on running down Webster pass. My left knee exploded in pain. I got an MRI. The orthopedic surgeon told me my left ACL was partially torn. She told me no running, biking or working on an elliptical. She told me to lay off the knee for 4 to 6 weeks.



This is a photo of Webster pass road. One of these holes got me.


For two weeks I was good boy. I didn't take a single running step. I did nothing strenuous. My knee was healing nicely. But April 30th was the Long Scraggy race. The Long Scraggy is not just any race. For me, it is the coolest race in the history of races! The people that run the Long Scraggy are cool. They are high-altitude mountain runners. They are fit, friendly and modest. I know them on a first name basis.


I think that sign accurately shows the profile of the 4.25 mile course.


The Long Scraggy has two events. One event is a 4.25 mile run over brutally hilly terrain. The other event is a 1.5 mile walk. When I packed my race bag on Friday I really intended to do the 1.5 mile walk. In retrospect, I think this may have been self-delusional.

On Saturday morning I got dressed in my running stuff. When I got to the Long Scraggy Ranch I noticed that the walkers were wearing hiking boots and long pants. The runners were dressed like me. I told the race organizer, my friend John, that I had a bad knee. I asked if it would be OK if I walked the 4.25 mile course. John was cool with that.

I warmed up a bit and the knee seemed to be working well. I jogged a bit and the knee felt fine.

See, I was being good! The race started late. We call it being on Mountain time. Mountain time is not a time zone. Mountain time is very relaxed attitude. We all ambled up to the starting line. I am standing behind the runners with the walkers. I am standing right by a lady with a baby stroller and dogs on leashes.

You can guess what happened next. John said, "Go!" All the runners took off like a shot. And so did I! I really didn't mean to do that. I couldn't help myself. The first part of the course is relatively flat for 1/4 mile . I am slowly jogging along thinking I will break into a walk pretty soon. I am dead last by a long ways. No worries. I have 20 very good runners in front of me that all have good knees. I am feeling pretty good. My left knee feels fine.


We all turn left and start climbing the hill. The hill is 1.4 miles long with a 20% grade. I am really poking along. Then, to my surprise, I pass a couple of people. I glance down at my Garmin, which I shouldn't have been wearing anyway. I am running at a 9:05 min/mile pace! Holy smoke! I pass a few more runners. This was not part of the plan. I am getting a little twinge from the knee but nothing serious.


This is a monster. Photos don't do it justice.

At the top of the hill we turn onto the Colorado trail. This segment is rocky with tree roots. I really throttle back to a crawl. I cannot afford to trip. I run this segment at a 13 minute per mile pace. I have to gingerly have to step over rocks and roots.


Colorado trail - my knee is saying "stop".


After the trail segment we get back on the road. Here comes a dreaded downhill segment. I start moving slowly down the hill.




I am concentrating to make sure my foot strike is gentle and mid-foot.

I know that a single heavy left heel strike and it is sayonara to my left knee. The knee is protesting this treatment. I am paranoid that the knee is going to buckle. I start walking down the hill. I know that any minute I am going to get passed. During a mountain race you have to take advantage of downhill and flat segments. Last year I hit 5 minutes per mile down the hills. Ain't going to happen this year. I walk a bit and jog a bit. I really want to rock-and-roll down these hills. I just can't do it. I look behind me. There is no one there! I am all alone nursing my knee.

I know I am stupid. When I told my wife I was going to do the Long Scraggy she asked, "Are you out of your mind?" I reply, "Is that a rhetorical question, or do you want an answer?"

As I am jogging down the last hill there are a couple of walkers taking photos. One of them snaps a shot of me and shouts, "Great form!" I know I am a poster child for smooth gait right then.



Here is the home stretch. I am trying to run down this hill without blowing my knee to kingdom come.



Here is the home turn. I am almost there and the knee just might make it.




Running toward the finish line. Just one last hazard. I have to miss these holes.


I run toward the finish line. My friends that finished ahead of me are cheering me on. I cross the finish line. John's wife has the stop watch. She shouts, "43:39". I look around and count the runners. There are 7 of them. I am in 8th place! That is a 10:09 minute per mile pace! John asks me, "How is the knee?" I smile and lie, "It is the only part of me that doesn't hurt."

Last year my time was 42:56. So what does this all mean? I am faster uphill this year. My down hill pace this year was 7 minutes per mile. Last year my down hill pace was 5 minutes per mile. I think I would have been a lot faster with a good left knee.

I am also very dangerous to myself.

After the race I asked john for a baggie with ice. He got me the ice. I sat there with ice on my knee listening to the Mountain Holler Blue Grass band and feeling very relieved that I could still walk.


Mountain Holler blue grass band.



The guy on the left is John. He is the race organizer. The guy on the right is John my running buddy. I am slower than little John and faster than big John.



The woman with the bib is a runner named Marsha. The woman in the blue is John's wife Sharon.



I still think this race has a cool name.



This is the race t-shirt. Proverbs 4:12 - " When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble" Good thing for me!



Ice and elevate. Next Saturday I may run the Lake George, "Flatlander". Unfortunately, the Lake George race is not flat.

  
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CHANGINGHORSES 5/3/2011 8:11PM

    Oye! I don't know if I should scold you or cheer for you!
I am so happy that you are doing better.
:Dee

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DAVIDMU89 5/3/2011 12:37PM

    congrats on the fortitude!

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KKINNEA 5/2/2011 3:45PM

    Oh SpeedyDog, I would scold you if I hadn't done the same kind of thing - less than a week after injuring my right hamstring I ran a race on pitted, muddy, uphill and downhill roads.

So glad I saw the ice pack there at the end - very smart!! I do belong to the school of working through an injury in a smart way, meaning you should slow up a little bit more! Great job and fun sounding race.

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ANNIE7205 5/2/2011 3:15PM

    Damn, this sounds like something I would do. :) Glad it worked out okay, just take it easy (or as easy as is humanly possible for you).

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AQUAPOWERS 5/2/2011 9:55AM

    Great job Speedydog! Don't push too hard. I see on the Master Runners-40 page you posted that you ran 15 miles today. I'm not sure the Doc would like that.

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IRONGRANNIE 5/1/2011 10:24PM

    You are a bad, bad boy Bruce LOL!!!! Glad you had fun without further injury!

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SUPERDUPER26 5/1/2011 5:06PM

    Glad it worked out, and with such a good time too, thats exciting!
I'd do the same thing, especially on a run with such a great name. Good luck next weekend! emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 5/1/2011 3:47PM

    You are such a runner-lol!! I think you are not alone in the "do anything for a race" club :). Now that the Long Scraggy is over though, try to behave and give that knee a chance to heal. Give it time to heal and you will be back racing sooner than if you push it now. Glad it was a good race though :).

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BANDMAMAPC 5/1/2011 3:13PM

    My two fingers rubbing together, tsk, tsk. You are like a child that has been told not to do it and you do it anyways. You are really a risk taker. Tell me, are you like that when you gamble? You are so very lucky that your knee didn't explode. Since you did the big race, I think you should skip this next one.

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EVIE55 5/1/2011 3:06PM

    Well you at least got to run in it, right? sounds like you had fun even though you shouldn't have ran in it. lol. :)

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ELYMWX 5/1/2011 2:34PM

    Oh, boy.

Take care next weekend, Bruce. Or at least as much care as you can!

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LKEITHO 5/1/2011 2:18PM

    Glad you didn't do too much damage! Great run for only having one good knee!

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CBAILEYC 5/1/2011 1:48PM

    I chuckled at your opening line, and kept on while shaking my head.
I'm glad you had a good time. I echo other calls to take it easy and not do further harm to yourself in the meanwhile.
Good job!
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MAGGIENCALI 5/1/2011 1:17PM

    I would have probably done the same thing. Glad you were able to do the race. Take care of that knee and take it easy.

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TREEBW 5/1/2011 1:10PM

    Be careful!!! You dont want to tweak it so badly that you have to stop for months or years!

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LUNATIFF 5/1/2011 11:54AM

    I'm right there with you. A foot injury has kept me down for the better part of a month. I'm going crazy and I'm about to just say forget it and work out even with my foot hurting. I hope you feel okay today and will continue to heal.

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TEDDYBABE 5/1/2011 11:44AM

    Oh your wife has her job cut out for her! Somehow I don't think this is the moment for the "use it or lose it" theory! Glad you got some of the cobwebs out, now hopefully you can concentrate on healing thyself!!! lol...you are too much! Such great spirit!!

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SUZWARNR 5/1/2011 11:31AM

    Whatever are we going to do with you? Tsk tsk. Just don't make it so you can never run again. Imagine how awful it would be. Please try to take it easy. I know it's hard, but sometimes you have to miss a race. You know what the good thing about races is? Most of them continue year after year. So remember, there will always be a next year. There might not be another knee though.

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Wallowing in self pity - part deux

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Recap: On April 17th I went for a run up Webster pass in Colorado. On the way back down the hill I stepped in a big hole with my left leg. My knee immediately started to hurt and didn't work well.


Deadly holes on Webster pass.


I got an MRI yesterday and had an appointment with an orthopedic specialist today. I figured I go running before my appointment but it was snowing.


This is the view from my front door. The snow is still coming down!



I go down to see the specialist. She has the results of the MRI. She comes in the room and asked how I hurt my knee. I give her the story of the hole in the road. She grabs my knee and starts doing things to hurt me. She moves my lower leg left, right, up and down. She pushes and pulls on my knee. She watches my reaction to see when I would wince. She then gave an evil smile and put her hand on the inside of the knee and gave a mighty pull! My knee explodes! She gives a triumphant smile and says, "I thought so. I just wanted to confirm my suspicion." I screw up my face and wipe the tears out of my eyes, "And what suspicion is that, pray tell?" She looks very concerned, "Your ACL is torn. But not all the way through". I look her right in the eye, "I have a race next Saturday. This the first mountain race of the season. Will I be able to run?" She gives me a long face, "NO, your knee is badly injured. " I reply, "The race is the Long Scraggy and it is only 4.25 miles." She is a mean lady, "You are lucky you can walk. You absolutely cannot run!" I am thinking, "I was a lot better before you wrenched on my knee." She continues, "You have to baby that knee. You need to stay off it. You need to ice it. The whole knee is inflamed. You may be able to run some races later this year if you take care of the knee." I ask her, "Can I ride a bike or workout on an elliptical?" She is getting exasperated, "No, you can't put any strain on that knee." I make a face, "I need to train for the race up Mount Evans in June." She answers, "You look like you are in pretty good shape already!" I reply, "Not good enough. It is a tough race." She looks at my chart. Then she drops a bombshell, "Given your age, you are not going to heal quickly." I admit I am a bad patient. I ask her, "How long is it going to take. " She says, "I don't know. Four to six weeks maybe."

She gives me instructions on what I need to do. She tells me to wear a knee brace and take 2 Tylenol three times a day. She tells me to use ice and really baby the knee.

I am very disappointed.

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CHANGINGHORSES 4/30/2011 7:51PM

    This really stinks Bruce! I know knee troubles myself, I have had a torn ACL since I was 13 years old. I have knee braces for when it really blows out. It really does set you back, I know. It does take some time till it feels better again. But you will get back out there. May be better off on flat surfaces for awhile though. It doesn't take much to re-injure it now. I feel your pain and I'm sorry about your race, I was rooting for you.
Can you and are you doing any other exercise?

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MARATHON_MOM 4/25/2011 11:09AM

    Oh NO! SOOOO sorry to hear this! I know how hard it is to have to take time off... I've been there for the last few weeks.
Better to stay off of it now for a few weeks, than try to do too much on it and need surgery, though
We runners are stubborn, though.. I know....
FOLLOW THE DOCTORS ORDERS!! (Just don't tell me to take my own advice on that one...)

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 4/25/2011 10:52AM

    Yikes - that's tough! I'm sorry to hear it. But it's better to stop and rest and take the time to heal now than have to go through surgery and a lot longer recovery period! Sending you happy/healing thoughts!

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ROOT4HOME 4/24/2011 11:58PM

    Man, what tough news! Like everyone's said though, the only good news is no surgery. Hope you heal quickly so you can get back to training & racing!

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CAROLCRC 4/24/2011 6:37PM

    4-6 weeks out of a lifetime of running. A frustration to be sure. Surgery would be 8-12 or more... or much more... This was actually probably good news!

There are things you can do to keep in condition - with the brace on, do leg lifts, crunches, side leg lifts, etc - anything that doesn't put weight on the knee and works the muscles around your hips and core will help when you are allowed to go back to running.

Hang in there!

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IONA72 4/24/2011 2:10PM

    Patience now for satisfaction later! Good luck.

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IRONGRANNIE 4/24/2011 2:59AM

    Oh Bruce! I can really feel for you with this one! Even if you can't do anything else, just being in a pool will help you heal faster (hydrostatic pressure). Don't believe you are too old to heal quickly, Doctors don't know Sparkpeople!

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SROBERTS82 4/24/2011 1:59AM

    Ugh! What disappointing news! I guess you better start being really good to it now in the hopes it will heal up fast! Good luck!

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FREDDYB29 4/23/2011 10:40PM

    Yeah best wishes on you getting back to full strength. Hope you won't be out of it too long.

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LKEITHO 4/23/2011 10:38PM

    Well, at least no surgery! That would have taken you out of action for a lot longer. I hope things heal up well for you and that you're back at it soon!

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KA_JUN 4/23/2011 9:21PM

    Heal up fast and correctly, live to run and fight another day!

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NWFL59 4/23/2011 9:15PM

    Good luck surviving your recovery period.

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BANDMAMAPC 4/23/2011 9:03PM

    At least she didn't say surgery. You will run, but not now. I'm sure your wife will get you back to your runs if she keeps up with your meds. Rest up.

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CBAILEYC 4/23/2011 8:30PM

    Oh gosh. I'm very sorry for the news, but as someone else said, there is positive in the message! You WILL run again, you just need to do a bit of maintenance on your equipment and let it heal up proper. If you keep running, you could potentially make it worse and be out of the loop for much longer. Think of time off to heal as the lesser of two evils?

Take care of yourself!
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MOMJMGR 4/23/2011 8:09PM

    So hard to hear news like that! I hope you take care of your knee so you can get back to what you love...pain free!!! Good luck in healing and so thankful you don't have to have surgery.

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ELYMWX 4/23/2011 7:11PM

    From this I get three pieces of good news:

1. It doesn't require surgery
2. It will heal
3. You will run again

However being not even able to bike or use the elliptical will really suck. Check with the specialist regarding deep water running, however I suspect she's going to give that the kibosh as well - in your case it's flexing, not impact, that will be the issue. Give Annette a big hug and apologize in advance - I'm sure you're going to be driving her nuts in the coming weeks.

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DAVIDMU89 4/23/2011 5:29PM

    I have been following along with your blog and just wanted to shout out some words of encouragement as you heal. Remember this is a temporary situation and with your "dogged determination " you will come out of this stronger and faster than ever!

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GSCOTTC 4/23/2011 5:12PM

    I really hate it when I get told " it's you age". In my mind I am still 19.

Can you aqua run or speed walk?

PS ----- I avoid doctors like the plague, they always find something wrong with you.

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LOREENYK 4/23/2011 5:02PM

    On the bright side she didn't say you couldn't run anymore - just not for awhile. I know, it is little comfort right now, but there will always be another race. You know what they say...what doesn't kill you makes you stronger (or something like that)!
Loreen

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/23/2011 4:57PM

    I'm glad you went (I still haven't seen anybody about my foot injury---ooops). Sorry about the news. I like the comment a few down...maybe if you are really good to your knee you can prove her wrong. Age is NOT always a determination of how you are going to heal!! You can do this (I say with utter confidence since my mud run is in 3 weeks and I am still babying my foot).

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MELLYBEANS0919 4/23/2011 4:54PM

    So sorry. That must be really frustrating. I hope you are able to heal quickly. Take care of yourself!

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KKINNEA 4/23/2011 4:52PM

    Sad to hear - prove them wrong and heal up fast!

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MAGGIENCALI 4/23/2011 4:46PM

    I'm so sorry about the ACL tear and can understand the frustration. Being sick or injured bites.

There will be other races. Just keep icing and taking the Tylenol. I'm crossing my fingers for a speedy recovery.


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SUZWARNR 4/23/2011 4:40PM

    I'm so sorry. I understand how disappointed you are. I am as determined as you are and hate being sidelined. I'm sure she's right that you need to take care of yourself, but it doesn't make it any better in the meantime. Do these docs understand that our hearts are in the running? I have my appt with my doctor on Tuesday. I don't want to be told anything I don't want to hear either. I'm stubborn and impatient too. I did a short run with the inserts and it went much better. So hopefully maybe all it is is a tendon issue and nothing more. I hope your knee recovers quickly!

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PRETTYPITHY 4/23/2011 4:29PM

    I'm so sorry to hear your news! This must be very disappointing. Do take care of yourself though. Maybe if you really baby it, you can prove that mean old doctor wrong! emoticon emoticon

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