Monthly Archives: August 2010

…And I’m Back!

So you know how I said I was on the 15-day DL and couldn’t run this week? Well, after 10 days on the DL, I ran tonight! Yep, I I did!

I went to see Dr. Eva today and she liked my progress and gave me the green light to go! So what did I do? I came home and took a nap first. LOL. I’d been up at 4:30 am the past 2 days for 5:30 am workouts and I was beat. (Earlier today, before I knew I could run, I went to the pool and swam 1800 meters. Between 2000 m on Saturday, and 1800 m today, my arms are SO SORE! I had no idea that I could be so sore from swimming!) But after one of the best naps ever, put on my running shoes (this made me so happy) and headed out the door.

Battling the hurt had seriously taken its mental toll on me, so I wanted to keep things simple. No heart monitor, no music (yes, no music), no water bottle, no iFitness belt, no…well, let’s not get too crazy, I did run with my Garmin. I’m just too Type-A that way. I tied my house key in my shoe laces and took nothing else with me.

Since the pain went away, I’ve caught myself still reacting to different movements as if I expected pain, and found myself doing it again as I warmed up. But once I realized that I didn’t feel any pain, I relaxed.

I decided to just run 3 miles to see how I felt. When you don’t run with music, a lot of random thoughts float around in your head:

- So this is what its like to run without pain.
– Oh wait, my left calf feels weird where Dr. Eva worked on it today.
– Sheesh its really hot out today.
– This no music thing sucks.
– I really wish I had my water bottle.
– Crap, I forgot I have a fantasy football draft tonight.
– I’m so bringing my iPod next time.
– This feels harder than it should be.

That last one — yeah, those short miles did feel harder, cardiovascular-ly, than it should have. Spinning, swimming and other cardio work just isn’t the same as running.

After the three miles, I stopped and took inventory. I felt okay! The places where I’d hurt, didn’t. But I still iced anyways. And stretched for a long time. And did my exercises. I’m gonna do everything I’m told to – not gonna be lazy and take any chances.

I’m so happy to be back!

PS (Random rant: I so hate that the WordPress template I’m using requires a thumbnail image for every post. I swear, I spent more time looking for some random image, than I do actually writing…)

On the DL

I just ended a week of not running, and I have one more to go.

After the Summer Breeze race, I limped around for three days. The pain in my lower left leg still lingered. It hurt most when I walked down stairs. When I saw Dr. Eva, she was troubled by this. My calf and achilles had cleared up nicely, so what was still causing the pain? After an examination, she concluded that I had Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Its like Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, but on the leg. I researched it online and based upon what I read, it more or less fit the bill of what I was feeling. It especially explained the numbness I’d been having for weeks.

The doctor is treating it with ART, which significantly reduced the pain to practically zero. I could walk normally, without a limp, almost immediately after my visit. She gave me some front-leg strengthening exercises to do and prescribed icing and no running through next week. Most people would be bummed about the no running, but to be honest, I felt relieved. Being in pain all the time was not fun.

Being a runner herself, Dr. Eva really stressed putting in long cardio sessions at the gym to maintain my fitness. So that’s how I spent my weekend.

On Saturday, I did an hour of Spin. The class was a mix of hills and intervals.

After Spin, I jumped on the Stair Mill, you know, the machine where the stairs move. The Stair Mill is an old friend of mine. Up until a couple of years ago (i.e., when I started running), used to put in an hour’s work, 6-days a week on it. Its such a great workout and always turns out to be sweat-fest.

After an hour on the Stair Mill, I jumped in the pool to swim. I am not a strong swimmer, but this turned out to be a really good session for me. I swam freestyle for a solid hour. I usually get really bored in the pool with no music, but I was so focused on going for a full hour that the time seemed to fly by. I can tell it was a good workout because my arms, shoulders, and lats are sore today – the good kind of sore.

I followed up yesterday’s workouts with a Pilates class this morning. I used to take Pilates religiously twice a week, but once the instructor ended her classes, I hadn’t found another one that I liked. I really need to build up my core strength, so when I saw an early morning class scheduled at the gym today, I decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed it; I had forgotten how much I liked it.

I’m enjoying rediscovering all the workouts I haven’t done in a long time, but now that I am pain-free, I’m getting anxious to run again. Seeing my running shoes sitting at the door makes me really sad. I know the rest is needed, but I’m doing everything that Dr. Eva has told me to do in hopes that she’ll say its okay for me run towards the end of this week.

Keep your fingers crossed that I can get off the 15-day DL earlier than expected.

Happy Blogiversary!

Happy 3rd Blogiversary to me!

Three years ago today, I wrote my first blog post. I was getting ready to leave on a three week trip to Europe, and started this blog to document my travels. It was my first experience using Blogger, so I wanted to write a few posts before I left to get a hang of it.

As I went back and read that first post, it reminded me of all the little details from that night at the ballgame, proving why in fact, blogging is so awesome. Since my first post was about the G’s, its only fitting that this blogiversary post is about them too.

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At this point in the season, they are 2nd in the division race, and tied for the NL Wild Card. They’ve been a “Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde” kinda team all season, but thankfully, this week its been all good. We’re talking “38 runs in three days” good! That hasn’t happened since…a long time ago! Though they lost today’s game, the comeback effort from a 1-10 deficit is plenty to be optimistic about.

I was lucky enough to go to go to Monday’s game with Lauren and Missy. It was one of those rare warm nights in San Francisco, where you didn’t need to wear a jacket at the ballpark. T-shirt weather at a night game AT&T? Hardly ever happens. In fact, I only remember it happening one other time at a game I went to, about 10 years ago.

When I got to the park it was blazing hot, so I went to Blush to get a cookies ‘n creme frozen yogurt. Then walked to Will Call to pick up the ticket Lauren left for me. Once in the park, I headed to the Giants Dugout section where Lauren and Missy were getting autographs. Still hobbling with leg pain, I was happy to grab an empty seat and wait for them to finish watching batting practice. Once BP was over, we got Cha-cha bowls from Centerfield (probably the most healthy food at the park) then sat in Section 128. Monday games are rarely crowded so we had the whole area around us to ourselves. G’s scored 5 runs in a first inning that went 55 minutes. After Sunday’s debacle in St. Lou, it was pretty awesome.

So you know the Ghirardelli guys? The ones that I wrote about in my first post? Well, they were everywhere that night…little demand I guess. LOL They probably should’ve replaced the hot chocolate packs with Ghiraradelli sundae ones instead.

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Up until a year ago, I didn’t write about anything in particular, just incidental things that happened to me. That’s why I named it the “Tao of Me”, because it kinda leaves the door open for me to write about any random thing.

Last year, I started playing around with WordPress, and my little blog went through a complete transformation. I used it teach me some web design skills, and it continues to be a work in progress.

These days I mostly write about running, working out, trying to stay active and healthy, because that’s pretty much what I spend most of my time doing. And during the summer, Giants baseball, of course!

So happy third birthday to the Tao of Me! May there be many more to come!

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