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Zombie Run

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Nice, Dad. Saving yourself and leaving your son behind in the blurry distance.
Good thing he came through smiling...

Here's a portion of the sequence, running the final gauntlet, trying to protect my last flag. Too bad the photog didn't capture my slide and roll to avoid the clutches of the last line of walkers.


Not bad for an old man with a gimpy foot.

Yes...yes...I know. I'm breaking the rules and posting the proofs. I'll buy some for once. It'll be worth it to preserve the memory Quin and I shared. I think I want to try my hand at being a zombie next year.

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    Definitely be a zombie! I was this year and it was a complete blast! Some people get a bit carried away and a little rough, but still worth it!

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RUNNER12COM 10/28/2012 11:19AM

    How fun. Looks like you had a great time!

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CODEMAULER 10/28/2012 10:58AM

    The photos look purchase-worthy; do it!!


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THE_SHAKESHAFT 10/28/2012 4:47AM

    That looks AWESOME!!

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Gait Inspection

Friday, July 06, 2012

Risked a short run on Wednesday. Felt great while running, but Thursday the foot was pretty sore. That's the way with a navicular bone stress fracture. Feels better and so you try to run again, only to relapse. Becomes a vicious cycle. Might require as much as 90 days running layoff to heal.

What's inducing this stress on the navicular bone and posterior tibial tendon? I set up the camera to look at my stride mechanics.

Even when I'm trying to keep everything aligned, my knees turn outward. Foot lands near the centerline and shin tilts outward, forcing a hard angle on the inner (medial) side of the ankle. Don't understand how the inversion ankle sprain in March precipitated this nagging injury, but the tendon and where it inserts into the navicular is definitely the problem, and appears obviously aggravated by the excessive inward collapse and stress on the ankle joint. Not sure what the solution(s) is. (I hear Thoroughbreds get put down for navicular fractures. Good thing I'm not a horse.)

Appointment scheduled with a sports orthoped.

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CODEMAULER 7/6/2012 7:09PM

    I love the Geek Factor; use that technology!!

Seriously, I hope that an easy fix can be found. The sidelines are just not fun.

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DANAWALKER4 7/6/2012 5:06PM

  Hope you do well. Never quit and never give up.

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JILLYBEAN25 7/6/2012 4:08PM

    Glad to hear you're seeing a specialist. Sorry that you aren't healed at the point you want to be, yet. But, remember that patience will pay off!

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HIPPEENIK 7/6/2012 3:17PM

    Hi there I was very interested to read your blog. I fell last year down a flight of stairs and ended up with a navicular avulsion fracture..Ooh the pain!!! well this was a year plus ago and I have had nothing but agro since..I have began a healthy change in my choices and have started exercise..first ever!!! I feel the problem is worsened by this but I am determined to loose weight and get fit.
I have to get an operation for nerve damage in a couple of months..If you find anything for your own difficulties I would be interested in hearing about it.
I hope you manage and get yourself pain/trouble free. I can certainly empathise..
Best wishes

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Saturday, June 02, 2012

No Rock 'n' Roll marathon for me.


Foot just won't cooperate. Might need a couple months break from all running. Going to see a doctor this week.

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FREEDOMSTAR 6/17/2012 8:38AM

    sorry to hear hope you're feeling better./ As it turned out sadly I had to cancel my SD RnR plans (they will send me a T-shirt) I was under trained for this one and I just couldnt afford the trip at this time. Moving forward and thinking positive. I beileve everything happens for a reason. Hows the foot doing now?

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JOPAPGH 6/5/2012 4:38PM

    Hope they can identify and remedy the problem.

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HIKINGSD 6/4/2012 4:49AM

    Sorry to hear that your foot has deterred your plan :(

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CODEMAULER 6/3/2012 10:22AM

    Grrrr! This is really rough news. I hope that the Dr. has some news that remedies the situation. Here's hoping that it's the last cancellation.


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JILLYBEAN25 6/3/2012 1:14AM

    emoticon I'm sorry to hear that. I was hoping you'd be able to marathon it up. I am glad that you'll be seeing a doctor. Maybe at last you can get some answers and a good plan for recovery/healing. Once that happens you can get back to a training regimen and plan for another full or half.

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SV6MILE 6/3/2012 12:09AM

    Ugh! I was happily running almost every day when my knees just stopped cooperating. My plan was to run a half marathon at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia - I live in Vietnam - but I had to cancel. It makes me sad to think of all the progress I was making that has melted away. Not sure I could even do a 5K anymore, but my knees are important and I certainly don't want to lose my ability to walk! Def see the doctor, you don't want to mess with mobility!

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Final Long "Run" before Marathon

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Date: 27 May 2012 (Sunday)
Start time: 8:30AM
Course: LA Fitness
Weather: Indoors
Distance: 10-11 "miles"
Time: 1:30:00
Shoe: K-Ona S Ironman
Heart rate: 147 avg; 160 max
Notes: 90 minutes on the LifeTrainer elliptical machine in lieu of the planned 10-mile planned marathon pace run. Can feel that soreness on the inner ankle/arch and know that if I pound on it for an hour or more, no matter how lightly I try to take it, it'll be sore for the next 3-4 days. Even though just walking the marathon is in jeopardy, I'm still going to act as if I'm doing it. And so I'm not going to run at all over the final taper week.

The elliptical is fun to do and the Lifecycle machine does a better job, I think, of simulating running motion than the Precor trainer. I kept a cadence of 170-180 strides per minute and my heart rate hovered just around the same rate as it would had I been running 9-9.5 minute miles.

High left hamstring is still tight, but no problems with the foot on the elliptical. Did a little bit of shoulder and arm work on the weights afterwards. Now, I get to spend my Memorial weekend Sunday working in the backyard. It's gotten to be a mess after months of neglect.


On a separate and unrelated note, I'd just like to make mention that our family Guinea Pig, "Guinness," died sometime Friday morning. He was 7 years old. When Joan and the kids surprised me with bringing that rescue pet home one day all those years ago, I was ticked. We already had 2 dogs, 2 cats and a fish. I vowed that I would have nothing to do with it and any care, feeding and attention would be their responsibility, not mine.

A Guinea pig seemed like a dumb pet to me. Just something to put in a cage in a corner, and I was sure that within a few weeks or months it would be yet another forgotten accessory in the house, like the foosball table or the WiiFit balance board or the Beatles Rock Band kit.

I had no idea that a Guinea pig could have personality. He chirped. He coo'ed like a Tribble. He'd get hyper active and push a plastic toy Pokemon ball around his cage late at night while I was the only one up. He was cool. He was a character.

And now I can't believe how empty it seems without him. What a hole his absence has left in our lives. Joan, especially, was most devoted to him. He hadn't become a token fixture in our home. He was a family member, as much as any of our other "higher order" mammal pets.

We buried him Saturday morning in the backyard, under our favorite tree, "Slim Shady." Tucked away in a red cozy blanket with his Pokemon ball, he looked like he was sleeping. We were quite a sight, blubbering like we'd lost a child or a sibling. Don't know if our neighbors gawked from their windows, but we didn't care. Guinness earned and deserved those tears.

It's impossible to explain it to others because it was "just a pet," and a rodent at that. Seems totally silly to have that much emotionally invested in a cavy. I certainly didn't expect it. 7-8 years is old age for a domestic Guinea pig. He wasn't sick or anything. He always seemed so chipper, so it was a surprise to find him gone, just like that. I still can't believe how he wormed his way into my heart.

We won't be getting another one anytime soon. I'm still not sold on Guinea pigs as pets, and I don't want to try to fill this hole with another one. Guinness was irreplaceable. So long my unexpected friend.

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JILLYBEAN25 5/27/2012 7:17PM

    Aw, my condolences on the loss of your beloved Guinness the Guinea. Its strange how pets become fixtures in our lives, but I've always had my pets as my family, so I understand that completely. Sounds like he had a fun life with you and your family, though, so his ripe old 7 years were filled with awesomeness.

On another note, I'm glad the foot behaved itself while on the elliptical!

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Tarsal Navicular Stress Fracture?

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Has to be. I'll find out in the next two weeks.

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JILLYBEAN25 5/27/2012 2:34PM

    Oh, my! I hope you get an answer for this soon and can begin moving forward from there!

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YIBYAB 5/27/2012 1:41PM

    Thanks, Trish. This, of course, is an unprofessional self-diagnosis, and only a possibility. Despite drastically reducing my running, hoping to rest the ankle as much as possible without compromising my running conditioning too much before the marathon, there's an area on the inside of my foot, below the ankle, that just won't get better. It feels okay to walk and do other things, but any running or jumping just gets it inflamed, and the day after I'm limping around again.

Last night, I decided to re-research my symptoms, and the description of a navicular stress fracture is pretty much spot on. The fact that this thing won't go away with the little bit of rest and recovery I've given it leads me to suspect something more than just some strained ligaments.

Yes, it could just be weakened ligature where the tibial posterior tendon inserts into the navicular, but if it's the bone itself that has a stress fracture, then that's probably going to require a boot or a cast and complete refrain from impact or load-bearing exercise for at least 6 weeks. I'm not even sure I should walk the marathon next Sunday.

I'll see my general practitioner this week and he'll likely prefer me to an orthopedist or physiologist. (shrug)

I hope I don't have to wear a cast. If I can't run, I figure I'll put the next 6-8 weeks to could use concentrating on spinning and swimming. 4th of July 10K is probably out. I want to run a half marathon in August though and start plotting my next assault on the marathon again around then or September. So I need to spend some time resolving this foot problem.

Thanks for the concern and well wishes.

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CODEMAULER 5/27/2012 12:02PM

    How awful; whatever the diagnosis, I hope that there's a quick/full remedy.

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