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I got out a little later than planned. 8:30 am and it got hot fast. Still cooler than a couple of days ago. I ran about 7.5 miles this morning and walked .5 miles for cool down. Toward the end of my run I had to walk run up a couple of huge hill. Left side butt and hamstrings still feeling dull pain and these hills are killers on it.. I am just proud that I did walk/ run.

Doctor referred me to a sports doctor last week and I still have not heard from him. I may end up going to someone my husband went to and thinking about a good sports massage..

Happy Trails!!

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Jess, I don't know of a video, but here is an article (with pictures) about a varient (called Chair of Death :-) that insures that you are using your glutes. It's the third exercise in the article.

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This is from Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential For Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention, by Jay Dicharry.

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Catherine, would you please post a video of the squats you describe? (I am one of those who has a terrible time with squats. I would work on them if I had a better idea of how to do them safely.)

Thank you!

PS Glad the tooth is out. Dental health is highly underrated. It is so powerful and can have huge consequences to all parts of the body if neglected.

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Thank you Catherine. I will check out Sports Massage..

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Good morning, everyone! I hope that all are doing well.

Hi Judy, emoticon to the team.

July was very, very busy for me. As I mentioned earlier, the first three weeks were taken up with the Austin Chamber Music Festival -- 9 concerts. In addition, I have been involved in extra meetings to help the transition to the new President in September and also to kick the strategic planning process that I will chair next year.

On top of that, I made several trips to the dentist / dental surgeon. Quite a while ago (15 - 20 years???), a partially erupted wisdom tooth got infected. By the time I got it out (long, boring story), I had lost a lot of bone around it, which affected the tooth next to it, making it loose and creating pockets around it. It wasn't periodontal disease, but the effects were similar. It was very hard to keep those pockets really clean and periodically I would get milder infections. The bone would erode a little more and the tooth would get looser. As long as the problems were isolated to that one tooth, it was just irritating, so I didn't do anything about it except see my dentist regularly.

Then over the last year, the bouts of infection seemed to escalate, as did the loosening of the tooth. When I saw my dentist at the beginning of the month, she took one look at my xrays and said it was time to do something. In fact, she was concerned that the bone loss was starting to affect the next tooth over (fortunately, it is not loose yet). So she sent me to a dental surgeon to evaluate whether the tooth just needed removing or if I should also have a bone graft to protect the adjacent tooth. I had the procedure done yesterday and he did not do a bone graft, just pulled the tooth. We will monitor over the next year to see if the bone loss continues. I don't think it will. I don't have problems with my jaw or gums anywhere else in my mouth and the problems in this one spot were directly caused by infections around a tooth that is now gone. At any rate, cross your fingers for me.

As far as the procedure itself went, it was pretty easy. The tooth was so loose that it didn't take much to remove it. I don't actually remember anything about it, of course. They give you a sedative that doesn't put you out but which makes you forget. :-) I have had absolutely no post procedure pain, just a little irritation.

SB, I hear you about those overlapping toes! When I first started running 6 years ago, each of my little toes curved under the toe next to it and I would always get blisters on those toes on long runs if I didn't tape them thoroughly. And sometimes, even when I did. The other toes didn't curve under but there wasn't any space between them, which could also lead to blisters on long runs. That's why I relied so heavily on the Injinji toe socks!

Now, after wearing running shoes with very wide toe boxes (for a time, I wore men's shoes) and especially after wearing Vibrams almost exclusively for my "walking around" shoe for the past 2 years, not only do my little toes no longer curve under, but there is also a space between each of my toes. Even my big toes curve less, although I do still have my bunions and probably always will. But they no longer cause problems when I do lunges, which just goes to show that all of my toe ligaments are more flexible.

This is all good for running, but it does mean that most "stylish" women's shoes are no longer very comfortable. I can live with that.

Sharon, I'm sorry to hear that you are still having problems. I'm glad, however, to hear that you have a referral to a sports medicine practice. I'd also like to suggest that you consider getting a sports massage. Not because it will cure you but because a good sports massage therapist can help evaluate where you are chronically tight and/or other muscle issues that can be part of the underlying cause of your problems. Plus a good massage can (even if temporarily) mitigate some of your pains.

I would also encourage you to add some targeted strength work to your stretches and foam rolling. Weak glutes are a major source of chronic problems for us older, especially female, runners who have spent much of our lives sitting. Add to that weak, imbalanced hips from sitting (tight in front, loose behind) and you have a recipe for recurring problems if you start doing a lot of running and racing as you have been doing.

I've never had to deal with piriformis syndrome, but I did have a lot of lower back issues (not just when running). Weak glutes and hips as well as the hip imbalances from one leg being shorter than the other were a big part of the problem. Wearing a lift to equalize my leg length helped, but did not make the muscle imbalances and weakness go away. That took strength work and that also took time.

The best one exercise for strengthening those glutes is the squat. I would suggest that you start with the one that has you squat in front of a chair, tapping the edge of the seat with your butt each time you go down. This ensures that you are using your glutes, not just your quadriceps, to lower and raise your body. I would also suggest wall sits, pressing down with your heels to support yourself. Hill sprints are also great for glutes.

I know many runners claim that they can't do squats because of their knees (etc). But running has been described as nothing more than a series of one legged squats. If muscle weakness/tightness or poor joint alignment or poor form make stationary, two legged squats difficult, think what is happening to your body when you run. Squats are a runner's friend.

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Hi everyone!

I haven't been very chatty here yet so I need to work on that! I can tell this is a wonderfully supportive team! Just what I need!

My 10k this past Saturday went well. I had a lot of fun and listened to my body and, Jeff Galloway's voice in my head reminding me to not get winded, take liberal walk breaks, etc. The total distance was about 6.7 miles rather than 6.2 so not too far off but mile 3 was a killer! HUGE uphill climb! I think the elevation climb was about 800-900 feet. Even though once we reached the turn around at the top and it was basically down hill from there, the decline was pretty steep so I was still careful not to just go flying! Because I played it smart, I felt really strong coming in the finish line.

I'm signed up for my next one August 15th. It is the same course location I did my very first ever trail race 6 years ago. I signed up for the 10k instead of the 5k this time so we will see!

Hope everyone is doing well!

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Good Morning!!

Monty, I am so sorry to hear about your Tri being canceled this weekend. I saw pictures of all the flooding in the area and it was a wise decision to cancel. Oh my!! A lot of the streets look like canals and this is not from a hurricane... Be safe... Sounds like you and friends made the best of it!! What a Wonderful Group!

Dee, sounds like you had a great run!! Woo Hoo!!

This morning I have a nice indoor workout planned. Even with all the time off trying to recover from last Half in June, I am right on schedule with my 12 week training program. I should hear from referring doctor today to schedule appointment. I would like to finally know what is going on. A spark friend told me if it was inflammatory that after 3 days I should have noticed a difference. I am stretching and rolling and I rested for quite sometime..

I plan on running 3- 4 miles tomorrow listening to my body.

Wishing all a great day!

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It must be frustrating, Monty!

AFM, 6X1 mile repeats on Saturday, and it actually felt good. First time in more months than I care to count.

All it takes is one good run to re-energize.

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Hey Y'all!
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Well the Tri Gods determined we would not race yesterday! We respect Race Director's call and know we will race another day.
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But as others know, when you are ready to rock, and it doesn't happen, we left the race site a bit unfulfilled. The truth of the matter is, all of us who hung out in Transition and stood at the Gulf shores waiting, made the best of it and had good times socializing with teammates and friends! It's all a part of the journey!



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Good Morning All!! Happy Sunday!

I got out for a 6.25 mile slow easy recovery run and walked .83 miles. Still dull pain, tight muscles gluteus and hamstrings so I am doing Pigeon Pose and some stretching. I also am using massage ball and roller. Chiropractor will be referring me to a sports specialist to see what is wrong.

I love your pictures Seabreeze!!

Have a Great Day Everyone!!

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Biked to McDonald's this morning and got some ice tea!!!

GOOD MORNING.....





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Hi Trill....

Hi Dee....

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Heading to the Y soon:)
Have an awesome day everyone.

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Stopping by for a quick hi. Think of you guys every time I post the races. Not running now and not feeling all that hopeful I'll be biking to Valley Forge from Philly tomorrow. The weather is nice.

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Well done, Sharon!

Great photo, SB. Any reason why you think you will need that type of community?

AFM, hot slow run yesterday afternoon. But the news from Philly is good: DD is happy in her new job.

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A photo I took a couple days ago.....

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emoticon Good Morning.....

LYNN: Post a photo of your knitting project!

Hi SHARON!!!!

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PLANT BASED: Last night made a very good dish with whole wheat noodles; kale, red pepper, carrots, onions, mango; tossed in a "soy sauce"- rice vinegar sauce. Next time I make it I will use less soy sauce in the sauce, but it was very tasty as it was.

Also made some breakfast carrot spice muffins from same cookbook. No oil or eggs at all.

But we only have 2 dinners like this each week....then often some leftovers....

Been biking a lot and doing some stretching exercises for my feet.

My two smallest toes on both feet have decided to curl in. It wasn't that long ago when I was practicing yoga (20 years) that my toes would spread nicely on the mat when doing all the different poses.

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Toughest thing this week..... we went to visit a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community). Got lots of prices for move in and monthly costs. D*mn.

I am not ready to move into one yet, but just the realization that it is down the road is emotionally tough. How to spend the end of your life kind of decision. There are 4 more in the area that we will visit. DH just wants to know what to expect financially.... as it is a big chunk of money to buy into the first phase called independent living.

Today is a bridge day.

Yesterday was supposed to be an ST day, but I only biked in morning and did absolutely nothing the rest of the day. LOL LOL

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Got out early for another short recovery run. I did pretty good.. 3.33 mile slow run and .24 mile walk cool down. I beat the storms. It is very dark outside now and I think I am hearing some rumbling. I hope to hear from this Sports doctor soon to set up appointment. Chiropractor sent him a referral..

Wishing all a Great Day and those Running any this weekend!! Happy Trails!

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I sweat for a while after running as well (more AFTER running, than DURING running...or at least, that is how it feels). Totally normal as your body is going through the cool down processes and sweating is a way your body cools down. Therefore, be cautious about showering immediately after a run. I had read that is was OK if you use cool water, or at least, nothing more than room temp, but preferably cooler than that. Hot water at 100 degrees, for example, inhibits the cooling process and adds stress to the heart (people with heart conditions are especially prone to increased cardiac events doing this). I don't have trouble taking a cool shower in the summer, but would struggle with it in the winter. Usually, I wait until the sweating has stopped and sometimes, to the point of where now I'm chilled...so then, the warmer shower feels FANTASTIC! Don't always have that kind of time, however.

Achilles aches and is sore on and off. The splints help. Forgot to were my night one last night so was stiff in the AM. It's been one week in the boot. Two more to go. Shopping with a friend today at an outlet mall, so the boot will definitely come in hand today! It does help take the pressure off the tendon. Glad it's not a 90 degree day like it was Friday wearing that thing. Talk about getting over heated! Ugh!

I've been concentrating more on my knitting during this downtime, but it leads to FRUSTRATION! I'm ready to pitch it out the door, but I'm so determined! Seems I'm ripping out more than I'm knitting in. LOL!

Happy Trails to all. . .

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Good Morning!!!

MONTY....your beach running "community" sounds awesome.

LYNN.... I agree, granddaughters are fantastic.

SHARON.... I have vacationed near the ocean in NC, and, it can be just as hot and humid as FL

DEE... Sometimes, I must shower right away after running... and when I get out of the shower... I am still sweating.... seems to defeat the purpose of showering. LOL

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Walked Sunday
Biked yesterday and today....

Life is beautiful in my world.

VACATIONS.... We always loved vacationing in FL when we lived in MI. And now that we are in FL.... we love vacationing in FL. Have a timeshare on Anna Maria Island in Sept and a timeshare in Treasure Island, FL next May.

Heading to Montana end of August to see daughter and family (1 year old granddaughter).




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Sharon, every one of mine is a walk/run! LOL

When it's 95, feels like 105, it's a snail's pace. But I did manage the 3 miles yesterday even though I was almost crawling. It takes me about an hour to stop sweating when I get back inside. I know, TMI.



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Hi All!!

I have been recovering from my June 6th Half Marathon. I am feeling so much better but still do have a dull pain on my left side. I am thinking of going out for a trial run in the morning. It maybe more of a walk/ run just to see how I feel. My next Half Marathon is September and don't want to take a chance on reinjuring myself.

It has been very hot here in NC, feel like temps 105- 107. Very high humidity..

I am just going to remember how cold I was in the Winter and that will be my motivation..

Have a Great Week!!

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I would LOVE to live in the TB area! It IS beautiful there with the Gulf and the sunsets. The ONLY thing keeping us in IL is my 91 MIL and my 3 year old granddaughter. I always say...I can leave my kids, but I can't leave that grandchild! I'll take her over Tampa Bay any day of the week. Otherwise...I'd be there, believe me. Ha... For now, I'll just have to visit and be the official snowbird. We LOVED Anna Maria Island last March/April.

Thanks, Sharon, for thinking of me with the Achilles recovery.... It had gotten better after the initial disabling soreness after that longer run, but is holding steady at this aching period. I go to the doc two weeks from today. So we will see how it is then. I will not hesitate to go to physical therapy. I'm a big believer in that. They sure know how to break up that scar tissue and give you appropriate exercises and other advise for healing and strength.

Going to Hobby Lobby today and picking up supplies to make my granddaughter a shadow box that will contain some photos of her first race and her medal from a kids fun run she did while her mommy ran an 8K trail run. Hoping it will inspire her for more future runs. :)

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Oh Monty! I really do miss Tampa Bay!! Not upset at all hearing about all your stories and about all your gatherings in Paradise.. My friends and I use to train on the Beaches Friday nights and run along the Beaches and then tackle that Sand Key Bridge. That was our hill training... I only hope our future will be moving back to Safety Harbor. My son is still living in the Countryside area, but looking for another condo to rent.. If you know of anyone wanting to rent out long term, please let me know. He has been renting same place over 4 years!!

Way to go on your training!!

I hope to start training again on Tuesday. I will probably start with walk/ run to see how I do. I still have left side pain.

I hope everyone is having a Great Weekend! Happy Trails!

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Sharon, I'm going to apologize now for what I'm about to share. I know you would love to be here to run with us. I'm always looking forward to you doing just that in the future.
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Every day, after having been all over the world since I was 5, I'm thankful for living in the Tampa Bay area but the Gulf! Here's one more reason....

Friday night, I ran in this Sunsets at Pier 60 Race Series. It starts with a Kids1 Mile Run followed by a 5K on Clearwater Beach. Literally, it's on the sands right next to the water break! I had a sore Achilles so I took it easy but all things considered, I did pretty good. More than half of our Triathlon runs here will include running on sand or beach trail so it's good practice. We also have all hundreds of tourists and locals cheering us on as the Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily event where Clearwater Beach celebrates the Sunsets!
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We also have the Madeira Beach Series, held on the beach on other Friday evenings as well! I have to say it definitely is sweet to have these beach runs! And the sunsets are the best!
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Happy Friday!!

It has been hot here too!! I guess if I have to be off from running for recovery, now is the best time... Dee, when I was living in FL, my friends and I met at 5:30 am to run. It was like a sauna even that early in the morning. Snail pace is better than no pace..
Seabreeze, I miss my FL Lifestyle and Pool with Lanai. Swim clubs up here are so expensive..
Lynn, thinking of you and your recovery..
Catherine, I called orthopedic and found out that they won't meet with me since my problem is in the gluteus area. They are thinking I just need PT?

I enjoyed doing a couple of Cardio DVD's and then Shoulders & Arms using 3 & 5 lb. hand weight...

I hope to start back to running sometime next week. I still feel a dull pain in the left butt area and don't want to start back too soon.

Wishing all a Wonderful Weekend and those Running, Happy Trails!!

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Another hot slow run yesterday. My snail's pace is so discouraging, as is the effort required to attain it. I'm not sure what's going on this year, but I'm persevering.

Wondering if today is the day I'll get some word on what's wrong with my dishwasher. This will be service call #3 on this issue.

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JEAN: So happy to see you back on this board! I sure missed reading your comments.

In looking back on my injuries, I've realized that I really am not injured much due to running. The only thing I can remember is the plantar fasciitis and I would get that even before my running days. As I mentioned, there's the pirifirmoris syndrome that might be related to running, but I've said it seems more from cycling than from running (both are big contributors to it, so possibly both contribute it for me. I just notice it more after cycling training and events than I do running). When I had the ankle sprain, that came from just tripping over my own two feet walking across the living room. So I cannot attribute injuries to running so much, though a little. Also, I do remind myself that I am not out to make records in running (and I know you aren't either), but I have to remind myself of this as sometimes I try to push myself harder...and what on earth for? LOL! At least when you are our age, people expect you to be slow! I LOVE it! I am going to look forward to being able to train for next spring's Shamrock Shuffle. That is an 8K race, usually in late March or early April, that is the official kick off running event in downtown Chicago. Always a beautiful and very FUN race as you see lots of folks dressed in Irish outfits and doing crazy things like running into a donut shop, getting a donut and coffee and continuing on running! Funniest thing I ever saw!

Anyway...gotta say that I really enjoy this thread and the people on here! You all are so motivating with some great information. So though I will be down and out for a bit, I will race vicariously through you healthy folks and have some fun pity parties with my co-injured folks. In the meantime, for those of us down and out, let's motivate each other to get better and stronger. I need to continue my upper body strength exercises and look forward so adding the lower part in a few short weeks as the doc allows. I should be able to swim and do aqua jogging in a month or less! Cycling as well.

Off to some botanical gardens today with a friend. Thankfully, they have a Tram that makes stops and I will be taking advantage of that with this ortho boot on. It'll be 90 degrees and hoping it won't be too hot.

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SHARON: Good to hear you will be back on the road soon! Injuries are NO FUN.

LYNN: I sure do hear your dilemma. Dog gone feet and ankles!!!!! I toss around, back and forth, do I need or want to return to running. I may. I, too, love the atmosphere of races. I am continuing to let my feet rest from the pounding of running. When/if I return it will be a gentle transition.

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Plant based: We are still making plant based meals 2 days a week. Some are NOT very good. Some are very good. This morning I made some banana/oatmeal waffles. They were good!!! My husband is more involved in decided on recipes to try. I am surprised how his "small" involvement has improved my desire to cook.

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JEAN: So nice to see you on here again! You've been missed! I hope the running break gives you some renewal!

That is what is going on with me by force! NO RUNNING.....FOR A WHILE....MAYBE MONTHS! I went to the podiatrist BEFORE the race (I was VERY tempted to force myself onto the run and go AFTER the race, but talked myself out of that ridiculousness). I pretty much resolved with myself that the race was off as I was in pain even just to walk as the area around my achilles was a bit swollen even. X rays showed a spur starting to develop out of inflammation to the bursa sac where the achilles attaches to the bone. His physical tests of my ankle strength were excellent, so as painful as it is, I did not do too much damage to it. But...the pain is telling me to BACK off. So 2-3 weeks of no swimming or biking either and no weight lifting outside of just upper body in a SEATED position. Can't even do my fluid running class yet. TOTAL rest from extra curricular activities. Then, we start working in the alternate activities but still no running. It could be a couple of months or more before running can start. Then it is reintroduced slowly. I told him about the JG of running and that I am a conservative runner and not even sure how I got this injury. Of course...age came up. Shoes could be an issue...(I'm finding on my research, that flexible shoes are the best for this and here I just started wearing low stability. . . thinking that would help. Minimalist shoes appear to be the best...I will ask the good doc at my next visit).

So.... we will see how this journey goes. I'm sure my non-running friends are thinking....why is she still doing this at this age subjecting herself to these injuries. I ask it myself sometimes as walking and other non stressful type activities are just as good for keeping one healthy. But I LOVE the community and the challenge of racing (slow as I am and not so concerned about times). Do what you love...love what you do. I might not stick it out with other activities if I don't like it as much.

I'm in a boot for when I'm standing or walking more than just to the next room. So...going to put the thing on and get some housework done. That will be my exercise for this rainy day!

Have a good one....

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Sharon, you've been so active - aside from running - that I'm quite certain you will be able to resume training with no problems. Have you tried aquajogging? That really worked for me last year.

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Good Morning!!

I am ready to start my workouts. My Chiropractor suggested one more week off from running to be completely recovered.. This has been the longest time ever, since June 6th. I never had an injury before in the 25 years I have been running...Except sprained ankle from tripping, falling on a messed up road in need of repair. I guess 3 races in 63 days took it's toll on me.

Thanks Lynn, Catherine and Dee for all your helpful suggestions..
Seabreeze, I have missed you. Happy to see you!

Wishing all a Great Day!!

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Good luck, Lynn.

SB, you are looking wonderful! Glad things are going well in Paradise.

AFM, my house continues to give me fits - non-functioning dishwasher, dishwasher repairman says it's the power switch, electrician says it's the dishwasher. So now waiting for my third service call tomorrow.

No estimate yet on fixing the rotting wood above my window that caused my kitchen ceiling to buckle when we had the horrendous storms.

My chimney's OK, but they don't make a chimney cap that fits it in this country. I'd have to order one from England. I'm passing, at least for the time being. No fires.

And then some time this fall, after I've managed to fix the eaves, scraped and painted the exterior of the house, I'll tackle a kitchen reno. Not gutted, just a face lift. It's all I can afford. At least I think I can.

And work is busy, which is a good thing.

Running happens, but is very frustrating because I'm getting exhausted easily and I'm significantly slower than previously. I wouldn't mind if it weren't that doing less is exhausting more.

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Walked this morning...
Went to gym before lunch....
Playing games now....

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Thanks for checking on my Lynn.....

I don't know why I have not been here.....

AFM.... I went through some time when I felt completely run down. Never felt rested. So last week, I just stopped trying to keep up with everything. I stopped running and rested a couple days in a row. Have only walked a few times since.

I think I will not run for awhile and when at the gym will walk on treadmill at big incline for some HIT time. My feet are so much better, but are so stiff in the morning that I limp around a lot when I first get up.

Sounds like I am getting old..... YIKES.....

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We went on a speed boat dolphin watching trip a couple weeks ago. It was HOT! LOL!! But the driver did get some dolphins to jump through the wake behind the boat. Lots of people on the boat (50) so hard to see.

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Other than that life is the same in my world......

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Sharon...

I LOVE that pigeon pose and do it quite often!

As for pirfirmoris, which as I said, I have battled this for several years on and off, I do not have any pronation and still have it. I believe mine comes more from cycling than it does from running. Ever since I became a "clipped in" cyclist, I have had this issue. Pirfirmoris syndrome can be caused by one of the following: sitting for long hours in the day (being a secretary...was very true of me), racquet sports (was playing tennis), running (yep), cycling (yep). I HAD ALL OF THESE RISK FACTORS! My P.T. said he was then not surprised I battled it. I never had a problem though until I started using cycling shoes that were clipped into my pedals. Once I purchased a time trial bike (for triathlons), which a fitting expert then fits for your personal build, it was drastically lessened. However, the computraining classes I take sometimes focuses on the pulling up on the pedal from the bottom to the back and when we do these drills, it will almost always come back (so I have come to know not to drill on this and just let the coach know). Running can aggravate it ONCE I HAVE it....But the cycling drills seem to wake up that old pain in the butt. Another triathlon coach I know says she know she gets hers from running. The minute she starts speed drills and/or increases her mileage, it flares up. And she is super fit! She is an elite triathlon (chooses not go go pro) who has several Kona races under her belt. So even the fittest can have issues with this.

Some people have their sciatica run THROUGH the pirfirmoris and will always have trouble with sciatica as that is how they are built. That happens to less than 10% of the folks that have the problem though. I sometimes wonder if I'm in that 10%. Bottom line, it doesn't take much inflammation of the pirfirmoris to cause sciatica because the nerve runs just below that muscle and any inflammation whatsoever of that muscle will push on that nerve causing it pain. After inflammation, is the usual scar tissue issue (say that fast ten times!). My P.T. had me take a tennis ball and place it between a wall and my backside where muscle is (behind the glute, but towards the hip area ... see a sketch on google locating a pirfirmoris muscle) and roll with it finding any tight, sore spots. I'd find them and he'd tell me to add pressure to that sensitive area...that it would hurt like heck, but do what I could do for a couple of minutes rolling over that tight, sore spot until I felt a "release" if possible. I have to say....that REALLY works! But it can be painful in the beginning. Eventually, it starts hurting less and less. I just know I am prone to it and it's my weak spot. But it's not enough to make me quit doing what I'm doing. Strength exercises can help prevent further cases of injury, but now always.

Now my battle is with my right achilles tendon! I just posted on another's thread on this team who also was battling it...

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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...hoping she'll respond and give me an update. Her doc seemed to feel she'd only need a couple week's rest. I've taken as much as 10 days rest, but it seems to come back even after that. I'm afraid mine is going to be in the "months" of zero running! I haven't had that much time off since my pelvic bone break (5 months off from that one!). I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and am expecting that I will need to cancel my race. This doesn't bother me as much as I would have expected only because I'm feeling a little under trained. I did request going fro an Olympic Distance to a Sprint distance and have not heard anything. This would be way more doable for me if I can even run at all. Of course, I could walk a 5K as well, but after Saturday's fiasco of an abbreviated long distance run (was to do 8 miles, had to stop at 6!), even walking was not feeling too good. Time will tell. Thanks goodness I do photography and knitting for hobbies as well. I have to have something to keep me going. LOL

CATHERINE: You do well keeping yourself involved in the fine arts of society. Good for you! Looking forward to hearing how your upcoming training is going. Best wishes to you!

DEE: Heat and humidity is rarely our problem these days, though we are in a mini spell of such right now. We've had days it didn't even get out of the 60s! Very wet and cooler than normal summer! Now the mosquitoes are bad. This is the 3rd day in a row now it's been super gloomy. RARE for summers in Chicagoland. Common in Chicago for winter...but not summer! I am sun deprived for sure!

OK...Will let all know what the good doc says....I've used this podiatrist several times and am building a thick file with him. Each time it has been for a completely different reason too: Peroneal Tendonitis, plantar fasciitis (in both feet for two years!), severe ankle sprain, toe issues, top of foot pain....and now this! :(

Have a good Monday...
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Catherine, you are so busy!

Saturday's 14 miler was also hot and humid. The last two miles in particular. Cramps in my left calf and my right knee with the torn meniscus is complaining. I'm going to be very careful.

On the plus side, the running group has finally agreed we must finish early, so we started at 4 am last Saturday. That definitely helped.

My house is falling down around my ears, so I'm having a lot of service calls this summer. Thank goodness I can work a bit from home. I find it more difficult to focus, but a little is doable.

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Hello Everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend.

This is a busy part of the summer for me. We are in the middle of our annual Chamber Music Festival. Nine concerts over three weekends. Normally, it is 3 concerts per weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) but since last Saturday was the 4th of July, we only did two concerts the first weekend and 4 this weekend (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun). They have all been great.

This is the third year of my term as President of the Board of Trustees for Austin Chamber Music Center. We just elected new officers for next year (fiscal year begins in September) and I will be stepping down as President. I am definitely ready for a break! However, I have agreed to chair the Strategic Plan next year, so I won't be totally off the hook.
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It has been a good year and I am glad I stayed on for the extra term. The new Executive Director that we hired last year has worked out very well. And the company just received a prestigious award from the National Chamber Music association, which was presented on Friday before the concert. The mayor was there as well to read a proclamation declaring July 10 as the Austin Chamber Music Center Day in Austin, TX. Pretty cool.

I am still on the Ausin Shakespeare Board as well and just agreed to resume the office of Treasurer. I took a break from that role a couple of years ago, but stayed on the Finance Committee. The fellow that took over as Treasurer from me is stepping up to be President of the Board, so I agreed to take Treasurer back (better him than me as President!!!) So I will still be busy.

I will be starting my training plan for the California Marathon at the end of the month. I haven't been running as much as I had hoped to be by this time, but I have been running at least 3 times a week, but no long runs yet.

Dee, I don't know how you run outside in Houston in the summer! I just can't handle the humidity, even though this is a "cooler" summer than usual so far in Austin. So it is the treadmill downstairs of the gym for me.
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Edited by: LIVE2RUN4LIFE at: 7/12/2015 (01:21)
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Interesting about the flip flops. Maybe the Universe is telling you to relax and go to the Beach? Have a Great Day!

Wishing all those running races this weekend a Great Race!!

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Does anyone know why we have pink flip-flops next to our icons on our answer posts?

Okay , now that was weird, they are gone now

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Hi!! Happy Friday!

Dee, you are amazing! It is hot here too!. Way to go on getting out. I am thankful I am taking it easy recovering.

I read the article Catherine and sound like what I am experiencing. The pain is center left butt side and right below the butt, top of back of leg. I don't feel anything in the hip area but when I did try to run felt a numbness going down the outside part of my leg to around my knee.
The only thing I can't figure out is I do not over pronate. I am more neutral runner and land more forefront on my foot. Chiropractor said on my right side, range of motion very limited and he thinks my left side was over compensating for the right.. Overuse?

I sent an e-mail to my primary care doctor to see about a referral to a sports medicine doctor so hopefully they will have answers.

Lynn, thanks for the Pigeon Pose. WOW, does it feel great. I never realized my muscles were so tight..

Wishing all a great weekend!!

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Another short miserable hot run yesterday afternoon. 93 but felt like 103.
And my new shoes definitely cause blisters. Back to the old model.

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Thanks Catherine. I will read this. Just got home not long ago.

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Sharon,

Does this sound like what you are experiencing?

www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatmen
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This article gives another possiblity in addition to the piriformis syndrome with a video talking about how to tell the difference.

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By the way, I found these articles by googling "running pain in the butt" -- you might want to look over the articles that are returned by this search.

Sounds to me like you have piriformis syndrome (but I am not a doctor!!!). The video in the second article gives several suggestion for foam rolling and stretches. The man in the video is a doctor, for whatever that is worth.

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Catherine, thanks for your input. I think I will go for a 2nd opinion. I took the meds for inflammation shortly after race and it did not seem to do anything except add weight on me. I also stopped running for a week or two and still feeling this pain. I am not sure how he was able to diagnose it. It is like a pain in the butt, right under the butt and when I tried to run after a week off it radiated down my leg to my knee. It is tender to sit on too. The radiating down to my knee was more numbness rather than pain. I stopped immediately..

Do you think it is safe to do these pigeon stretches. Both sides are very tight..

Thanks,

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Good morning, everyone.

Sandra, I'm sorry to hear about your problems. Bursitis is a joint condition, an inflammation of the bursa in the joint (I assume in this case your hip??? How did he diagnosis it? Is your hip sore/hot to the touch, painful when touched, etc.?) About foam rolling, you never, never foam roll a joint, inflamed or otherwise. It is for muscles and fascia. Inflamed bursa do not necessarily mean that your muscles are clinically inflamed (i.e. injured vs sore). I have to suspect that your chiropractor doesn't treat many athletes. My inclination would be to get a second opinion before taking a lot of steroids. I would also suggest going at least once to a good massage therapist who does sports massages and can help you evaluate the condition of your muscles and fascia. You ran three half marathons close together and that can lead to a lot of scar tissues, etc., especially if you didn't foam roll as you went along.

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Linda, you take such beautiful pictures..

I have been taking anti-inflammatory since Tuesday and have gained three pounds. Looked up side effects and guess what, it may cause rapid weight gain. I think I might just take Aleve. I am going to try those stretches. Chiropractor mentioned not using roller on inflamed areas?

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Sharon... Could be that as well. When it comes to sciatica, there are several things it could be. For most issues, the treatment is the same. My pirfirmoris will never be the same, I'm afraid. It is now a weak spot for me. Seems cycling affects it more than running, unless I sprint...which I don't do anymore because I'm so prone to injuries (maybe just too old! LOL). It's very livable and just flares up from time to time. A GREAT stretch for the gluten and pirfirmoris is the pigeon pose. LOVE it! Ahhhhhhh!

I'm back to fluid running I think. Went this AM and it's nice to get a "running workout" without the stress on an injured tendon. I will still do the long distance run and be sure, that even though it is only about 7 miles (holding there for now), I go SLOW and stretch it out to a 30/30. So what if it takes two hours to do 7 miles. What a peaceful time with myself! Ha! I'm really hoping with adding this fluid running, I can still train for the half. Must keep on track with the ankle/foot/calf stretches as well. The life of a runner!

Have a great end of the week!

Best wishes to you Sharon! I hope your sciatica issue gets resolved soon. Stuff like this takes more time than we sure like!!!!

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Thanks for all your input. My Chiropractor is telling me it bursitis?

Lynn, I did check out what you mentioned and it sounds like that too. I have never had something like this and to last longer than a month..



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Sorry you are still having trouble, Sharon.

Lynn, I can't imagine doing a tri, even a sprint distance. Kudos to you!



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CONGRATES, Dee...on your 2nd place AG award!

My slowness may be in part due to my achilles tendonitis. I'm skipping today's run and dropping in on a fluid running class (remember how I did those last winter?). Thank heaven for that class! It is a full hour of running stationary in the water while tethered to the lane lines. A coach calls out what intensity level go at. It's not an easy class and you use the same muscles in the water as in land only now you even have resistance. It's not the most exciting thing (a notch up from running on a treadmill, IMHO), but you get a great running workout without placing stress on the joints.

I've also put in a request to move my triathlon from an olympic distance (has a 10K run) to a sprint (for a 5K run) and hope that goes through, but if not...so be it. In a way, I really would like to complete the Oly, but feel the sprint would be better with the injury.

SHARON... Best wishes on your sciatica problem. Did you check out the "pirifirmoris syndrome" thing I mentioned earlier?

Happy Running....

P.S. Jean...Where are you? Missing you and hoping all is well.... Also missing Cindy and occasionally, CATHERINE...though you do drop in now and then, at least.

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Hi All, I have a lot of catching up to do reading our thread.

I am still having sciatica problems. I finally got a massage roller and ball. WOW! does it feel good when using it. Muscle is very tender and it is exactly 1 month since I ran that Half Marathon with tight muscles on my left side, butt, back of legs down to knee. Lynn, I read your note and wow, it sure sounds like that. I hope not. I see chiropractor tomorrow and may end up making an appointment with my doctor. In addition to all this I caught a cold virus and just have felt horrible. I think every year I take my mother to her aquatic physical therapy I catch something. I thought I was over it and it came back on the 4th. Lost my sense of taste and all. I hope the worst is over.. I took wet wipes and Lysol with me and sprayed the waiting room while there today.
I will go out for a walk tomorrow and maybe see if I can handle a little running. Last week, as soon as I started running my muscles tightened right up. Just a little frustrated..

I am looking forward in reading all your comments to get caught up.. I have missed everyone.

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I definitely noticed the loss of speed on the 4th. That 5-miler was miserable, and I got dizzy half way through. I slowed down even further.
But somehow pulled off a second in my age group, in spite of being a good 6 minutes slower than last year! It helps to be in a new age group, I guess.

I'm going to focus on just getting the miles in. Three times a week is all I can do, Monty, I'm still working full time.

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I have slowed down a lot too. This year I initially did have a 10k time goal, but I dropped it and am running 3x a week just to keep the bones, joints and associated infra-structure challenged and strong. I am happy running still is fun and I enjoy a variety of ways and places to train, sometimes scenic routes close to home with Frida, sometimes hills or track sprints or stairs, and I haven't run out of ideas yet. I never thought before I became a runner (about 10 years ago) that there would be so many facets to running, I thought it would be pretty much the same all the time and might get boring after a while

Have a great week team, keep moving !!

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I believe speed and pace is obviously in direct corelation to the frequency of training. And then training speed doesn't mean running at race speed! That's what speed drills are for! My Weds Pre Dawn Track Training, with World Class Run Coaches, proves that at every session.

However, no mater what, when I'm dealing with health issues, I run at a comfy pace, embrace the fact that I can run, and don't concern myself with speed.
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DEE: I am feeling this loss of speed myself! Yesterday, I ran/walked/ran 4 miles and could BARELY keep a 12 pace going on! It was in the low 70s, cloudy....perfect running weather, so I had no excuse there. I feel like I'm getting slower and slower.

Been having on and off lower right abdominal burning pain on and off. I had been diagnosed with diverticula at my colonoscopy last September. Hoping it didn't turn into diverticulitis, though there are worse things to get. Typically, that would be the left side, but that's the majority of the time. Can happen anywhere in the colon but usually, it's on the lower left side. I have more digestive issues than the man on the moon! So long as they aren't serious which so far, I've been blessed with them not being that bad. If it doesn't go away, I'll have to check in with the doc!

So far...enjoying retirement! It's not super noticeable yet as I would normally be taking a lot of time off in June-early July anyway, but it is very evident that I don't have any "clouds" hanging over me. No deadlines and no stress of what is "out there" to get done. Once August hits, I think I'll really notice it as I will be able to enjoy that month as the true summer month it was intended to be. That is always the worst month of the year for a school secretary (and all school personnel)! It's like March and April for a tax accountant!

We have had a ton of rain in Illinois as well. Rivers flood with a simple little rain storm as they are swollen to near flood stage and have been flooded numerous times. Now we are finally in a dry stretch and hoping the rivers and streams return to normal. The problem with all this rain is mosquitoes! They are really bad this year and IL has had its' problems with West Nile, often being the #1 state for cases. Going to a forest preserve today to do some photography and taking along my bug spray! Thinking I need to wear jeans and a light, long sleeve top as well!

Happy running....whether fast or slow....keep on keeping on!

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Welcome back, Mary! So glad to see you here.

Catherine, it's been strange weather, hasn't it? We had thunder storms again yesterday, with parts of Houston flooding again.

Monday's scheduled run was canceled due to lightning in my neighborhood. I'm hoping today or tomorrow will be OK.

I'm totally baffled by the loss of speed, but I'm just going to carry on.

Lynn, I can't imagine 69 as a high. But I'd like to!

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I love cycling and it's a great cross training for running. I'm glad the seat adjustment helped. Find a good bike shop with knowledgeable people and spend the money on a quality bike that can be fitted to your specific needs for sure. Well worth the money spent!

I'm having issues with my right achilles tendon. Quite tight and often sore. Definitely kicking it up a notch on my ankle band stretches and ball exercises. My hope was to move right into half marathon training after the late July triathlon. Hoping this won't put a kibosh on it. :(

Cool and cloudy with only 69 as a high. Not minding it for running...but it's not helping me train for open water swimming! What a strange summer we are having. We broke all records for cloudiest and rainiest June ever! The mosquitoes are terrible here due to all the rain we've had. No rain in the forecast for several days...hooray! But the temps are well below normal. This, we are told, is thanks to El Nino and its' effect on the jet stream.

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Catherine and Lynn - Thank you for your replies! Yes, I worked with a PT and still have PT exercises to do balance and strengthen the leg, hip and glute muscles. Thanks for the reminder to be more consistent about those! I will be doing my ST *and* PT exercises in a little while :)

For some reason, riding my bike bothers my knee more than running. We've raised the seat, which helped some. After an initial warm up period, the knee does feel better. I've been hemming and hawing about buying a new street or hybrid bike. I want comfort and still be able to tackle paved hills when I need to use the bike to shuttle myself when I resume longer distance hiking.

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MONTY: How do you feel today? I hope you are feeling better. Almost sounds like a flu bug that you might have. People think of the flu as a fall/winter, sometimes into spring kind of thing, but I have had a terrible case of flu in the hot month of August during a heat wave of triple digits that ended up turning into pneumonia. So hats off to you for giving your body rest and lots of fluids! You are doing the right thing. I hope you nipped it. If not, don't hesitate to go to the doc. If you need antibiotics, the sooner the better. :D

DEE: I am definitely slower. I may be stronger...but it's not done much for my speed, in running anyway. After that bike crash, I've lost a lot of time that I never have regained. But I'm a tad older and a tad heavier...That doesn't help either! LOL Like I always say, when I get discouraged about such things, I step out of my box and remind myself why I am really in this. Although time makes for good competition and fun, we can get carried away with it as well. And believe me...I am ALWAYS reminding myself of that. LOL!

SHARON: Did I miss something....I will have to go and look back. I was not aware of this injury. You wouldn't happen to have performoris syndrome, do you? Google it if you are not sure what that is. I had never heard of that muscle until I had issues with sciatica. My ortho thought I had a bulging disc causing that pain and although he was always very conservative about surgery, was giving me a 50-50 shot that I would need it to stop the pain. Fortunately, like always, he prescribed physical therapy first. That P.T., after interviewing me (and this was the doctor practices' own P.T. department!), totally disagreed with the doc. When he found out I was a runner and a cyclist (as well as a tennis player and someone who sat at a desk all day), he said he strongly believed I had performoris syndrome. He had me google it and after researching it, I agreed as well! A very UNDER DIAGNOSED problem. You may have something totally different...I am just curious. Whatever it is....I sure hope you overcome it soon.

MARY.... I agree with CATHERINE, who always does have sound advice on here! :D Check and see about the therapy or....get a good recommendation of a trainer with knowledge and expertise on knee issues.

Going back to that bike crash, CATHERINE.... (and MARY).... I could not run for 5 months..and when I finally got the green light, I started out slowly and at first...no problem. Suddenly though, I began to have pain in the groin area from the pounding of running. If you read about that accident, you'll recall I finally had a specialist PT in pelvic problems (my pelvic ring broke in the accident). I overcame it with quality P.T. and now am running again, pain free....BUT....as Catherine mention, you may have imbalances that come along after recovery. My running shoe tech looked at the bottom of my old running shoes a few months ago when buying new shoes. He said, "Whoa! There's some interesting gait issues going on here!" I asked what he meant and he showed me the uneven wear and tear between the two shoes. My right shoe had unusual wear and more wear than the left. He said he suspected a hip unbalance. I told him about my pelvic ring break from a bike accident. He said that would explain it. But that was my left side...why was my right side so weird? He said my right side was obviously compensating for my left.... I cannot tell other than when I look down while I run, I sometimes see that my right foot is turned way out as compared to my left. I try and correct it when I see it, but ultimately I will go out again. It doesn't hurt pain wise... But it's reminding me I need to continue my hip exercises the P.T. gave me (fire hydrants, clams, leg lifts, bridges, etc.).

Best wishes to you Mary!

Revving up my training with one month away to the olympic tri and it is going well! Thankfully! Swam 1500 straight today in a 2500 yard swim workout (the swim is 1500) and later, cycled for 24.4 miles (bike is 24.8 on the course...which will be followed by a 10K). I think the weight class is helping with the strength to endure the distance.

Not doing much more than the triathlon. When that is over, and I recover for a week, I move right into half marathon training for the early Nov local race.

Speaking of such....CATHERINE....How is your training going after being on hiatus for a while? Hope all is going well.

Take care all...stay safe, stay healthy and have fun!

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Hello, Everyone. Hope all is well.

We are continuing to get a lot of rain here in Austin. We have already had more rain than we normally get in a full year and the forecast is for more. When it isn't raining, it is hot and incredibly humid. I was out this morning to water plants and do a little pruning (not in the sun) and when I came in, not only was I drenched but I also felt worn out and in need of a nap.
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I had only been up a couple of hours at that time. It certainly makes it difficult to get motivated to do anything that requires leaving the house. We are going to have to replace our air conditioner in the fall or winter (when we can afford to be without it for a while). Not because it is not working per se, but because it isn't working very well. It is old and inefficient and the coolant it uses has been banned so is not longer being made. On top of that, the ductwork in the house is poorly designed with an air intake bottleneck, so even though we have a 5 ton unit, it is functioning at best as a 3 ton unit. It cools, but it isn't dehumidifying as it should so the house is less comfortable at the higher temps we can afford (78 :-) plus there are signs of mold on some of the vents.

We had someone out to do an assessment, and he recommended that we purchase a dehumidifier for the interim, which we have done. The ironic problem is that a dehumidifier produces a lot of heat in the process of removing the water from the air. So we have to be careful where / when we run it. But it has definitely helped with the comfort level of the house, even at warmer temperatures. We probably empty about 20 gallons of water a day from the unit (and this has been going on for over a week). I've been using it to water plants outside.

Mary, good to have you back. Yes, it can take a while to fully heal from injuries. Part of the problem is that during an injury the body makes compensations to "help" that often do not go away just because the injury has healed. And these compensations (like changes to the gait or movement patterns) can themselves cause problems. That why physical therapy and / or a good ST routine can really help by retraining the brain to use the newly healed area properly. Chances are some of your muscles have reset themselves (tight in some areas, loose in others) to accommodate the injury. So part of returning to running will also be to work on muscle imbalances, etc. Did you have physical therapy following your knee surgery? Is there someone who could help you identify some good exercises to strengthen the problem areas?
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Hello to my old and new Galloway Spark Friends!

Today I will mail my first race registration in a very long time! I am ready to rejoin the running community after a time when it was too hard to be around any talk of running. My knee problems turned out to actually be two - knee cap tracking and two meniscus tears. I had meniscus repair surgery three months ago. Doc recommended I resume running, but limit myself to shorter distances on relatively flat trails. If I had my wish, I'd get back to running half-marathons. I am just happy to be able to run again. Dave and I have worked our way up to 4 miles at 60sec:60sec intervals.

My question to y'all is this - In your experience, has it taken many months, if ever, for all the aches to go away from an injured area? I don't limp anymore or have pain. I want hope. And I want to be able to run until I am 100! My goal is to get an age group award at a race just for showing up. :)

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Good Morning Team!

I started my 12 week Half Marathon Training this week but after Tuesday's Run and a visit to Chiropractor I decided to take off one more week off. I still have tenderness on my left hip area and sciatica tightness. I have been doing light cardio and weight training. It is not easy doing absolutely nothing and so far it does not seem to aggravate anything.

June, poor Frida. I bet she smells sweet now all shampooed.
Lynn, happy to hear you joined a weight training class. You sure are a well rounded athlete.
Monty, I hope you are feeling better. Rest is best. There must be something going around because my husband had a fever last night??
Dee, I admire that you keep pushing. Heat and Humidity effects me too. Summertime is slow and easy for me. But, it is better than nothing at all. You are my inspiration!!

Wishing you all a great weekend! And for any of those doing Races or Running, Wishing you all Happy Trails!!

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Wow, Lynn, impressive!

AFM, I'm struggling. I get out to run and I'm about two minutes slower than I was last year and the effort feels greater. I'm not sure what's going on. I'll just keep going on and see if things improve.

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Strangest thing happen last night. I came home from Run Club and, out of nowhere, my body was aching and I was running a slight fever. This morning I was feeling just as nasty. Right now, I'm still dealing with a little body aches but not as bad as last night! Very weird. I just stayed in bed, drank lots of liquids, and watched cooking shows and The Talk!
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Thanks, Monty! I hear you about seeing your speed and being intimidated! Cycling is my strongest of the three sports and I can really fly sometimes. When I notice I'm over 20 mph, terrible thoughts begin to race in my head... What if I hit a stone? A chipmunk...or worse...a deer! Some of the places I ride, I can see wildlife crossing the path/road. Once, in the farm areas, I had a dog begin to run alongside of me barking! Scared me to death fearing it would cut across in front of me. But I become aware of my surroundings, slow down if needed and move on. I don't want fear to stop me from doing what I love, but rather, just make it safe as hospital (and shoot up a few arrow prayers! LOL).

Started taking a weight lifting class about a month ago and already seeing some progress. I LOVE it! I like the idea of doing it in a class for the social aspect of it. I go with a friend, but even if she can't make it, it's nice seeing the regulars and chit chatting before and after class...and during class, just being there together sweating it out. I started barely being able to do one push up (while on my knees...the easier way) to doing multiple push ups and lunges.

Running in this humidity has not been fun. We've been getting a lot of storms and heavy rains. Swollen rivers that flood at the drop of a hat these days. But fortunately, getting my runs in as well as cycling. Need to do some open water swimming at our local swimming hole soon. Lake swims in triathlons do not have 81 degree temps and a nice black line to follow at the bottom!
One month from today....it's triathlon time!

Best wishes to everyone on their races!

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Whoa, Lynn! The way you told your story, I could see it in my mind's eye! I ran my new bike in it's first Tri on May 31. Race ready, I trained and still hadn't got comfy with the speed and the lightness. I don't mind telling you I was a bit intimidated when I saw how fast I was going on the straightaway! I was totally focused on the road ahead for anything which might be hazardous. I've heard what gravel can do. Damn! You are Iron Girl coming back from that incident! Stay strong, Sister!
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Pat, Congrats on that 26.2! I can only imagine what recovery from that is like.
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My team has them on Saturday and Sunday so we can choose the best time for us. Casual block training is so good...and fun too! (Yeah, I'm sick!)
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Sharon, I picked up a foam roller from Walmart and it's held up well! I can't believe how religious I've been with it. Funny what we learn in self healing and recovery. I also like your process in a redux of your training. Building back up helps in recovery, endurance, conditioning, and strength! Good on ya!
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Dee, I've been looking online for blister avoidance and was not surprised to see all the things you could do. Here's oneof the better articles I found...
www.runnersworld.com/tag/blisters

I did a Half Mile swim and 5K race at Clearwater Beach on Saturday. I was surprised at how my calves were holding up. Sunday was a good recovery day. Yesterday, I walked around the Mall a lot just to move around. Today, I feel great. Tomorrow I'm doing an easy run just to stay loose. It's more for endurance than anything else! Hydration & fueling right is essential in my focus.
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Way to go, Pat!

Yes, I was wearing Injinji socks. The blisters are forming on the side of my foot, so the socks are still working their magic and preventing blisters on my toes.

I'm thinking it's the heat, and constant high humidity.

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Pat way to go with finishing your marathon. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Dee did you wear injinji toe socks? You and Catherine told me about them years ago, I have had very few blisters since. Good for you, 11 miles, I haven't run that long in quite a while.

Sharon good idea to start at week 1 for your next HM running plan, that will be a training cut-back, not so much running for a while, but still on a HM goal.

My usual Sunday run-swim-bike got shortened to just the run yesterday so I could spend more time with the family on Father's Day. I ran by and along the river close to home with Frida. She found a rotting fish and promptly rolled in it, I gave her a bath when we got home, now she smells shampoo-scent sweet, for a few days anyway

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A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
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thanks to the team members who posted good luck wishes on my page for Grandma's marathon Saturday. I am sore today, but I finished it, although I was really slow. I think I will stick with 5Ks and 10ks the rest of the year.

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A miserable 11 miler yesterday. I'm not sure why, but everyone in my running group was affected. But it got done. Regrettably I developed a blister. It's been years, so I'm not happy that I'm suddenly developing blisters again. But then I also developed chaffing, so maybe it was the weather conditions.

Happy Father's Day, all!

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Good afternoon! Oh WOW! I have missed a lot and need to catch up here..

Tuesday and Thursday were some short recovery runs for me. I did about 4 miles Tuesday and 3 on Thursday. Still feeling some tightness but getting better every day. I have not had a chance to get that foam roller but I am getting it. I was going to go today, and just felt too darn lazy to get out in this heat. We have had triple digit numbers for our temps and so humid.

I hope to get out either Tomorrow or Sunday for another 4 mile run and plan to start my 12 week HM Training next week. I am going to start at week one so I don't have to push so much for the 1st month..

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Horrifying crash, Lynn, awesome that you recovered and also that you were persistent to seek another opinion and found the solution to be running again !!

You are a knowledgeable team, kudos. I didn't know the purpose of the extra sneaker hole, makes sense and works well, also makes sense it does have a purpose as it was put there on purpose. I wish my running store had told me.

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Wow, Lynn, what a story. SHUDDER.

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Good Morning....

Nice to see a lot of activity on here again. Haven't been on here in a week. It's been a busy week for my first week of retirement. My hubby said he has seen less of me this past week than when I was working. LOL It's not a normal week though and next week it should settle down some...But I am having fun! Today I'm meeting a friend (in an hour) to do some photo shooting of some area forest preserves, one that raises horses. Looking forward t this!

MONTY / DEE: I hear you about the bike crashes. It was three years ago June 30th that I had my severe bike crash that also was truly an "accident" and not out of anyone's carelessness. I was riding with a group in our local "tour de farms" where this is extremely very little traffic and nothing but open road. It had rained heavily the night before and a few of the farm roads had recently been repaved with oil and gravel so we were trying to be careful on those roads. What we didn't realize was...the one road we were turning on that has a slight hill going up right after the turn had gravel that had washed down that hill in the heavy rains. It was a very wide turn onto this road, which we've traveled numerous times and are very comfortable with. I was behind three guys who shouted out, "GRAVEL!" and got out just in time. It was too late for me and I hit the gravel at 18 mph! As you know, tri bikes with skinny tires that weigh so little you can pick them up with your pinky finger alone, do NOT do well on gravel at all. I skied off that gravel and smacked down HARD on my left side. I had a brand new Cervelo' tri bike I spent good money on. All I could think of was...what damage did I do to that bike. But I couldn't get up no matter how hard I tried. My co-cyclists were smart in not helping me get up and eventually, an electric company truck came by and called 911 (I had begged my friends not to call thinking I was just stunned and would eventually get up). The ambulance came and the paramedics treated me like a piece of glass. Neck brace and body placed on one of those board thingys. Long story short...turned out I fractured my left pelvic ring. I also had mild whiplash from my head bouncing on the gravel! You should have seen my helmet! Stones were embedded in it. The helmet could have save my life or at the very least, my cognitive abilities! My bike suffered next to ZERO damage. A minor scrape on a brake level. That was IT! My body cushioned the blow. I was on crutches for six weeks, canceled all races for the rest of the year. Couldn't resume running for 5 months.

Once I resumed running, pain started up from the hip area on down. My orthopedic doc told me I probably couldn't run anymore as I literally broke my core and often, it is very difficult to come back from that fully. I didn't like that answer and asked for physical therapy. An OT friend of mine gave me a name of a lady who specialized in pelvic disorders (mostly, incontinence type things, but did all kinds of therapy for pelvic dysfunctions). This woman worked MAGIC! I owe her my running career post pelvic break! I no longer have pain, but there is a slight fanning out of my right food that seems to be a result of compensating for a left weak hip. Doesn't hurt at all...but gives me a different gait.

So that's my bike accident story. I'm thankful it wasn't any worse than it was.

Just bought a new pair of running shoes that so far...is working great. It's my first pair of stabilities. Because of that gait I just mentioned, along with some stiff ankles from my last neutral pair of running shoes, we decided to try a light stability shoe....just one notch over the natural plus pair that I had. We shall see... And Monty...I did also buy the lock laces as well for that OLY tri coming up.

Have a great running week!

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Yup, they showed me that trick at the running store.

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This is one of the reasons you go to a running store for your shoes. I started training to run in March 2011 after walking 3 5Ks in 4 months. I went to the store and got my first pair of ASICS Kayano 17s. The lady who fitted me, (Still my shoe fitter after over 100 races!) laced my shoes the "bunny ear way" and it has been my norm to lace. I have adjusted occasionally depending on race distance and use Lock Laces on all my Triathlons for transition convenience!
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Actually, I used this method for years since I have narrow heels and had problems with my feet sliding down in my shoes, especially before I started wearing zero drop shoes. I didn't invent the technique, but read abut it when I researched how to lace shoes to solve foot problems. The info has been out there much longer than this year.

If your shoes don't have the extra hole, you can create the loop in the upper hole by coming up and then back down in the same hole, slipping the other lace through the loop before tightening.

It's a useful technique, especially if you wear extra large running shoes, as I do (2 sizes larger than my street shoes.)

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I found this information from another sparker, so I googled "What is the small hole on running shoes for?" and got a flood of answers, mostly using the same video, and mostly dated April, May or June of 2015

Isn't it crazy this information was mostly not known until this year?
It is new to me, did anyone know it before?

Those Mysterious Extra Shoelace Holes On Your Sneakers Actually Serve A Brilliant Purpose


www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/11/ex
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And here is an angry and rude-language link of the same info
Kind of funny, even though I would not use that language myself


You Know That Extra Lace Hole You Never Use On Your Running Shoes? Apparently It Has A Very Practical Use

www.brobible.com/gear/article/extra-
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A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Very impressive, Monty! it sounds very intimidating to me.

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After changing from my entry level Tri Road bike to my new lighter Time Trial bike, I need to get comfy with speeds of 20+ MPH (32kph). I've hit 35mph coming off bridges and it can be a bit intimidating. This bike roars and I'm trining a lot to build my control as well as the speed. You have to be focused when you race.
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