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Time to Start Running Again - Maybe

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My physical therapist told me I can start doing some easy running. I am not sure I can do easy running. The feet just start moving too dang fast! But maybe, just maybe, I can learn to jog.

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1MILETOGO 8/13/2009 12:17AM

    Congrats on your great news from your Physical therapist. Take it slow, it is better to enjoy the feeling of running at a slower pace than not at all. Your speed will return when you are fully 100%

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KAYAKID 8/12/2009 11:28PM

    Just take it easy!!! patience will get you where you want to be...

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Physical Therapy is For Sissies

Thursday, August 06, 2009

I like running. I like running a lot! Unfortunately, I have not been able to run for over a month. During a training run my right hip exploded in pain! My left hip was sore also. I went to my doctor. “Hey, doc, I got some pain in my hips, get the cortisone “! My doctor decides I need a bilateral hip x-ray! “Bilateral” is medical speech for “both sides”.

He sends me to the radiology clinic to get the x-ray.

The x-ray shows I have perfectly healthy 52 year-old hip joints. Not even a smidgen of osteoarthritis. After much jerking and twisting my legs, my doctor tells me I have hip bursitis. I could have told them that! “Ok doc, where is the cortisone?” My doctor decides I need physical therapy.

I go to the physical therapist to get an evaluation. The physical therapist, named Adam, looks like he is about 12 years-old. I lay down on the table and he starts bending, twisting and yanking on my legs. He then gives me the “news”. He looks thoughtful, “Bruce, your right hip pain is due to a very tight IT band.” Check one! I already knew that! My IT bands are tighter than the cables holding up the Golden Gate Bridge. Adam continued, “Your hamstrings are inflexible”. Check two! The Wizard of OZ Tin Man is more flexible than me. Adam then dropped the bomb, “Your left hip problem is due to muscle weakness”! No way! I can leg press a locomotive! Leap small buildings in a single bound! I resisted saying, “What the heck are talking about you little pipsqueak! I can drop kick you into next week!” I actually said. “How is that? Oh wise and worldly one.” Ok, I am lying. I was dumbfounded! Adam explained that there are small muscles that are not strengthened by lifting locomotives.

Adam gave me this rubber thingy called a therapy band. He also gave me a sheet a paper with three bizarre stretches and four strange exercises. He also told me if any of these stretches or exercises starts to hurt that I should stop. I am washed-up ex-collegiate athlete, “No pain – No gain!” Well, I returned the locomotive to the Union Pacific and started doing the prescribed exercises with the rubber thingy. You know what? It was blasted hard to stretch the stupid little rubber thingy while doing the stupid exercises! The kid was right. I did indeed have some small muscle weakness.

Although I thought that Ibuprofen and cortisone would be an easy way to make the problem go away, the silly stretches and dumb exercises are working. I guess I was wrong. I hate that when that happens!


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KAYAKID 8/8/2009 3:25PM

    listen to the pt they will guide you back to running - good luck to you. Its hard for us guys to think we know everything and can do it on our own.


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SLCB1023 8/6/2009 10:03PM

    The rest of that statement is "NO PAIN... NO GAIN... NO BRAIN" LOL

Yup I been there too only with the left hip, first hips bursitis, then IT band tightness, then pirimoris syndrome. THREE PT sessions and it still bothers. Good for you that your doctor sent you to PT instead of just treating with a shot. Yes, I had the shots too... also THREE times. Always comes back unless you treat the cause.... yup muscle weakness. So listen to your PT and do you exercises, not just now, and not just when you feel better, but forever. emoticon

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    LOL! i feel your pain! i am recovering from surgery and can't run for another week-- it's hell!

and for all that DRs sometimes say the stupidest things-- sometimes they don't. they do go to school for a number of years to learn to be as compitent/incompitent as they are :-) hopefully with this new physical therapy, you'll be back up and running in no time! if not, well, there's always your next life, right ? emoticon

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CHEWIEKIKI 8/6/2009 9:38AM

    Hahaha - been there, done that. Steamboats?

I have started doing boot camp work outs (now P90X) and yoga, and I am seeing a tremendous amount of improvement in some of those weird week areas, plus better flexibility and balance. All good stuff for managing IT band issues.

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    for the most part most of think that PT does seem rather useless HOWEVER, if you do as your told its amazing the results you can get...glad your feeling better!

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Blew out my hip - no more running for a while

Friday, July 03, 2009

I was scheduled to run in the Freedom 5k in Evergreen, Colorado, on July the 4th. I am not going to make it. On Tuesday I went on a training run. I took a few steps and it felt like someone had hammered a hot spike into right hip! I hobbled back to the car and drove home.

I went to see my Doctor the next day. She told me I had probably had bursitis. She gave me a cortisone shot and told me to take it easy. The pain subsided in my hip. I thought all was well. I figured a bit of rest and I would be cured. The next day I decided to take my dog for a walk. I got about 50 yards up the road and - POW - my hip exploded in pain!

I went back to the Doctor.

She told me the cortisone shot was ineffective and there may be something else wrong. She prescribed Vicodin for the pain. I have to go for an X-Ray on Monday. She said something about arthritis.

Not good.

I have had to cut my activity level way back. I am not a happy guy!


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HARRINGTON5 7/5/2009 12:36PM

I am so sorry to hear about your hip! Thank you for commenting on my blog. I have had a long rest and just started jogging a little. I am going to take it real slow. I hope you are getting better. That really does suck because you sound like a very competitive guy. Please take care of yourself. Cynthia

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    oh man! that really sucks! i'm so sorry. i hope you recover quickly and don't have anything perminant! emoticon

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SUNSHINEBILL 7/3/2009 10:36PM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Our minds will lie to us but our bodies never do. You are in my prayers and please enjoy the 4th. emoticon

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KAYAKID 7/3/2009 10:35PM

    I am so sorry about your hip. What a bummer! I will pray for a good doctor visit and for a speedy recovery. Try to have a good 4th of July.

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RENA1965 7/3/2009 9:35PM

    Hi Olddog57,
Sorry to hear about your bad luck, I hope you get better real soon. Give the hip a rest and perhaps a change of fields of sport? Running is hard on joints, sometimes we have problems with our backs that wear joints down and also having a heavy job can do it.. I got impact spinal injury from 6 years of aerobics, I now live a more quiet life doing weight training. My chiropacters also said strength training helps muscles support discs and jointes. He was right, I am now medicination free from a crumbled c7 and have not had surgery or need it. I jog now and again to check my cardio fittness, but years of being uneven in my spinal column has worn my hip and knee on the offending side.
I now spread myself over walking at work, power walking, and body building. I never do super hard pounding high impact anymore. I have found exercises to strengthen my hips, back and neck. They no longer ache all the time and my posture has improved.
Many experts are screaming to us to spread ourselfs over more than one sport.. I hate sitting on the side line, when aerobics was something I was good at. But surprisingly I got more results changinge fields. It doesn't have to be a bad thing changing, I now listen to my joints and back more carefully and life is okay..

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MINDHUNTER93230 7/3/2009 4:30PM

    WOW I know you must be really frustrated !! I'll be praying that you heal soon, and that's it's nothing you will have to deal with long term. Sometimes our bodies just need a break... emoticon

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Too Far and Too Fast

Monday, June 22, 2009

I ran with my 29 year-old son, Ben, on Saturday. Ben is pretty fast. He ran the 5k and 10k in college. We ran on a trail in a Denver suburb. Ben and I have exactly the same stride length and stride rate. We run in perfect lock step.

To keep up with Ben, I found myself running way too fast. I kept telling my son, "Low Gear"! He would slow down to a normal jog. Inevitably, he would pick up speed. I would increase my speed to stay with him. We blew past more sensible people that were blissfully jogging along. I have to admit running at a brisk pace was a lot of fun.

This trail was very hilly. A couple of guys passed us on bicycles. We caught up with the bicyclists on the next hill. We were covering real estate in a heck of a hurry. I was pushing myself. I was running faster than I thought possible. Actually, I was running too fast. We ran 8 miles at a blistering pace.

I rested on Sunday. I foolishly decided to run today. I was very sore and limped through 5K. I ran terribly. I gave it everything I had. The best I could do was 11 minute miles. I ran the 5K in 33:52! I could barely move.

I have decided to rest this week. I will be cross-training. I may spend time on my elliptical trainer. I need to lay off running for several days. My legs hurt all over! I guess old slow guys like me should not run with young fast guys like my son. I had fun running fast. I am paying for it now.


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KAYAKID 6/23/2009 8:09PM

    Don't you know we can not run with those young bucks - I am a scoutmaster and everytime we play basketball or something physical I am sore for a couple of days. I can keep up with them but it is the couple of days after that I suffer. Enjoy your week off. I didn't do much today 30 minutes eliptical and ab work. I had a great 5 mile run yesterday 11:00 pace and it felt good.

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    emoticon wow, that's sounds like fun! but also very painful to recover from- it's good that you learned you need to slow down a little and take more time getting back into running fast. personally- as a beginner i'd be pretty stoked if my 5k time was 33:52- lol! but having seen some of your other stats i can see why you'd be disappointed. enjoy your week off!

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MINDHUNTER93230 6/22/2009 11:43PM

    Sounds like a workout.

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Lousy 9:56 Seconds

Monday, June 15, 2009

My training program called for an easy 5K today. I loped along at a 10 minute mile pace. I finished in a 29:24 and felt pretty good. I decided to keep going.

My good Spark Friend Felicia (FHAMWEY) has been telling me the virtues of the Jeff Galloway walk-run program. After I ran the 5K, I walked a lap. Galloway states you don't lose a lot of time by doing a brisk walk instead of jog.

This idea of walk-run seemed to work. After the short walk, I ran pretty strongly. I decided I would keep going to 10k. I had never in my life voluntarily run 10k. I was having fun. I walked some. I ran some.

As I started my last lap, I realized it may be possible to run the 10k in under 60 minutes. I picked up the pace. I ran across the finish line at 60:09.56! Rats! I missed my goal by 30 meters.

I learned a few things. For me, running 10K is not just twice as hard as 5k. 10K is about 4 times harder than 5K. I think that means a half marathon is 16 times harder than 5k. A full marathon would be 256 times harder than a 5k!

The walk-run program appears to work. Maybe I could do the walk-run program on a consistent basis. A little walking could make running fun. But then again I think , “What would be the fun in making running fun?”


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KAYAKID 6/16/2009 1:57AM

    Bruce, way to go! the extra days of rest helped huh? When is your next race? and what is it. 256 times harder!!! huh I think that is my ultimate goal. I haven't written it down. I will firs try a HM. You are doing great keep it up!!!!
Mike - enjoyed your blog...... emoticon

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MINDHUNTER93230 6/16/2009 12:59AM

    Dag nabbit !!! So close... emoticon

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