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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Kenny B. on Thu May 16, 2013 10:56 am

@Michael Mitchell wrote:
@Kenny B. wrote:56 will happen. So did you get the inserts? You have to go back?

I have had the inserts since June 2008. I go back to get them adjusted. The next time I go is May 30. I do not want the rookies messing with me again. Smile

I get mine refurbished every year or so. I have two pair and I swear by them. 14 more days and counting for you!
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Thu May 16, 2013 11:00 am

Yeah, I have two pair too. They cost me $250 a piece. I am using the regular ones right now for the adjusted ones are uneven (due to the first rookie mistake) and this exacerbated the problem.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Dave P on Thu May 16, 2013 5:35 pm

Wow - expensive inserts!

I've done ART in the past - good stuff!
Just think what kind of runners we could be if we could get all the massages. and/ or other treatments that work for us on a regular basis?
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Thu May 16, 2013 7:44 pm

Yes it does. I swear by it. Well, I am actually happier today than I thought I would. I ran for 30 minutes and got in 3.5 miles in. I was like, ok cool. This was before ART too. Last ten minutes were at an 8 minute pace. The last fifteen were 8:06 and below. Tomorrow, I am shooting for 56 minutes for 7 miles. I know I can do it. Also, I put in a 50 minute bike ride for good measure. I have 11 miles this week. I might run tomorrow morning to see what is going on. I might. I do know I will run at the YMCA for my run tomorrow afternoon. Gunning for 56 minutes, Smile
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Still Shooting For A Good Run

Post  Michael Mitchell on Fri May 17, 2013 12:16 pm

So far, the calf is holding up. So far. The knot in the calf is there, but loosens up as I walk. The ART session was good. I can tell you, with ART, the results come in the days after. Will commence the run in the Sweat Tank ("Cossaboom") at 3 pm. Will start at an 8 minute pace and hold it until 56 minute mark. I will be running to Death Magnetic from Metallica. All the songs (save one..it is right at 7:45) are 8 minutes long, so 8 songs at 8 minutes a piece. I am thinking, this run will be a little hard, and then easier each run thereafter. I have an ART appointment Monday and Thursday. That should get me through this week and next week to May 30.
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Sat May 18, 2013 6:02 pm

Yes, OMG. No, I do not normally use the new social vernacular, but I have to. 55:45 for 7 miles. Last two in 7:54 pace. Yeah, I am happy. Happy. The legs are good. Yeah, they were twinging, but ok. This morning, 2.15 miles in 20 minutes. I ended with 22 for the week. I can live with that. We won 5-0 today. We are 4-2-1 on the season. Gotta go.
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Sundays Are A No Go

Post  Michael Mitchell on Tue May 21, 2013 9:40 am

Nope. No run on Sunday. I wanted to, but folks did not leave until 5 pm. Sigh. Ok, Monday. The run was good. Not great, but good. I had to massage the calf a couple of times, but I did it. 56 minute 7 miler. Today at 12 noon, 56 minute 7 miler. I will have to baby the calfs and soleus until May 30. I suppose I can live with that. Sigh. I have no choice. I will be running in the sweat tank (aka Cossaboom) and looks like I will be running in it tomorrow too. I have soccer practice at 6 pm, the last one of the year. It is still dicey today for severe weather "could" be affecting us. I will make the call around 5 pm, I think.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Mark B on Tue May 21, 2013 10:32 am

Hooray or ART!

Sorry if I've asked this before, but do you take any mineral supplements to make up for all those you sweat out at Cossaboom? There could be a correlation between your sweat-fests and calf cramps. There are products like S-Caps and Endurolytes, but also calcium-magnesium-zinc supplements that Michele swears by after running so many years in Hotlanta.
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Tue May 21, 2013 10:48 am

No, but I make sure to drink 20-25 oz of fluids right after. Yeah Mark, I sweat a ton in that place. The sad part of it is that it is 73 degrees ( well if you believe the thermostat in the basement) but the humidity is just horrible. I run there because it is closest. With all traffic going on around the Texans branch, ( they are putting in tracks for the Metro train line), it takes forever to go and get back. I will have to suffer again this summer. Sigh.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Mark B on Tue May 21, 2013 11:16 am

Well, if you haven't tried supplements, you might want to consider it -- even if only as an experiment. It might help alleviate some of the problems you have with compartment syndrome.
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Tue May 21, 2013 11:18 am

Yep, I will consider it. I do take potassium from time to time...
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Learning To Overcome

Post  Michael Mitchell on Sat May 25, 2013 9:51 am

Again, I have stated and I will state before, I loathe Compartment Syndrome. I really do. The hit and miss is just agonizing. I have no idea whether I will be running for 20 minutes or 50 minutes. So far, I am ok. Dealing with it is just one of life's mysteries. Smile I ran 10 miles yesterday. You are thinking, wow. Just wow. Well, it was broken up into two parts. The first was 3.15 miles in 30 minutes. I was thinking, ok this is not too bad. It was a morning run, so I was happy. After taking our child to see Epic, then I ran a 56 minute 7 miler. Again, it was dicey, but I made it. I only had to massage the calves twice (10 seconds each). That gave me 25 miles for the week. I am thinking I will end up with 33 miles this week. Now, that is not too bad for being injured. My orthotic appointment is May 30 at 9 am, so I have that date circled on my calendar. I am just grinding it until then. My goal is to have 21-28 miles by the time I get to next Thursday. Today is a 56 minute 7 miler too with a mile warm up. I might, and stress might, run a quick 20-30 minute run this morning for we have to go to the local Chick-Fil-A for the team lunch. We won by default this morning for the opposing squad did not have enough players for a team. Being a Memorial Day weekend, I get it. Our team finished 5-2-1 for the year and I will take that. It was interesting being a coach for a sport I have no knowledge of. LOL.

Edit, I did not run Tuesday. I had a friend come in from out of town and that did that run in. I ran a 56 minute 7 miler on Wednesday at home. It was good, not great. Last 1/2 mile was dicey, but ok. Did not run Thursday, but had ART done and that helped. Since my DC will be out of town all next week, I am on my own. I am thinking ice, stretching and praying. I am keeping it at an 8 minute pace for endurance purposes only. Smile
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Mark B on Sat May 25, 2013 3:20 pm

Gaa. Compartment syndrome sounds awful, sorry.

I am still trying to wrap my brain around how an 8-minute pace would be "for endurance only," though... I wonder if running purposefully slow -- as in, 9- or 10-minute miles, might have a beneficial effect on your compartment syndrome? Or at least not aggravate it? I have no idea if it'd help, but there may not be much harm in mixing things up experimentally.
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Mon May 27, 2013 3:24 pm

@Mark B wrote:Gaa. Compartment syndrome sounds awful, sorry.

I am still trying to wrap my brain around how an 8-minute pace would be "for endurance only," though... I wonder if running purposefully slow -- as in, 9- or 10-minute miles, might have a beneficial effect on your compartment syndrome? Or at least not aggravate it? I have no idea if it'd help, but there may not be much harm in mixing things up experimentally.

Well, for me it is too slow. When I run, I want to finish. I, at times, do not enjoy it, but enjoy what it does for me. As far as the Compartment Syndrome, it rears its ugly head at 10, 9 or 8 minute pace, so I would rather go at an 8 minute pace until I am done. Going at a 10 minute pace does not do my knees well. LOL> Mixing it up, I actually do and that is my morning runs. Very rarely are they barn burners. Smile
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Mon May 27, 2013 3:30 pm

That is all I can say. I ran a 56 minute run on Saturday to give me 32 miles for the week. Sunday, I ran at home. I was bothered by all parts of my muscles, but trundled through in 55:30. Somewhat of a bright note was the last 4 miles were at a 7:54 pace. I do know the hardness of my treadmill can aggravate the Compartment Syndrome. Today. I knew I would have to leave early and run early. I ran at the YMCA. Those Procors are softer to run on. That was a relief. The run was actually ok ( although, again, all parts of my muscles were yelling at me), until the 6.5 mile mark. My Soleus started to ache badly. I mean badly. I was hanging on. I did run a 56 minute run and that gave me 14 miles for the week. Tomorrow will be at the Cossaboom branch ( another softer treadmill) at 12 noon. That will give me 24 hours for my legs to rest. I will ice them tonight and use the Stick on them. I am almost positive Wednesday's run will be at Cossaboom as well to take advantage of the softness. All points are headed toward May 30 at 9 am. That is when my inserts get adjusted. It cannot come a minute or day too soon.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Mark B on Mon May 27, 2013 4:30 pm

@Michael Mitchell wrote:
@Mark B wrote:Gaa. Compartment syndrome sounds awful, sorry.

I am still trying to wrap my brain around how an 8-minute pace would be "for endurance only," though... I wonder if running purposefully slow -- as in, 9- or 10-minute miles, might have a beneficial effect on your compartment syndrome? Or at least not aggravate it? I have no idea if it'd help, but there may not be much harm in mixing things up experimentally.

Well, for me it is too slow. When I run, I want to finish. I, at times, do not enjoy it, but enjoy what it does for me. As far as the Compartment Syndrome, it rears its ugly head at 10, 9 or 8 minute pace, so I would rather go at an 8 minute pace until I am done. Going at a 10 minute pace does not do my knees well. LOL> Mixing it up, I actually do and that is my morning runs. Very rarely are they barn burners. Smile

Ah. Makes sense. Hope that insert fix helps do the job.
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Mon May 27, 2013 7:13 pm

Me too. Me too. Spent over two hours swimming with my child. I should sleep well tonight. The Soleus has eased up a lot over the past 6 hours. I hope this trend continues. I should be ok by 12 noon at Cossaboom tomorrow. It will be a sweat tank though. Smile So far, I have not had to use any GUs. Yet.
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Run Canceled

Post  Michael Mitchell on Tue May 28, 2013 10:11 am

Run canceled. Sorry folks, that is the way it is. LOL. No, my soleus is just too wonkey today. I do not want to chance it. I will bike for an hour (hard) and take out my frustrations. This will give me 2 1/2 days of my soleus calming down before my next run at 4 pm on Wednesday.
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Where Ya Been Friend?

Post  Michael Mitchell on Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:24 am

Wow, I have not logged in since Tuesday. Ok. LOL. Here we go. I did get 32 miles in last week. I did get my orthotics adjusted on Thursday. Thursday was not good for running. I really needed the inserts to do their job. Then Friday ( at home), Saturday ( at home), Sunday ( Lake Houston) and Monday (Texans) were all at an 8 minute pace. Things are slowly getting back to normal. I will say, however, that I am not happy with Cossaboom. I get there and the A/C is not working properly. The sewer line is backed up and the place smells. I am like, nope. Done. I head off to the Texans branch. I get the run done, but I have to take 2 hours sick time to get it all done. Come on. Really? Not sure where I will run today. It is trending like it is the Texans branch, but who knows. The first practice of t-ball was interesting. Let me say this, the first game ( we will not be there, wife and I are going on a trip to D.C., me research and she, conference) will be interesting. He plays for San Fransisco. Their mascot. I am serious. The Sponge Bobs. Oh my. I have 14 miles this week.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Mark B on Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:35 am

Could be worse.... he could play for the Crusty Crabs! (Now THAT would be a team photo to remember...)

Glad the inserts are helping... but too bad about the stinking, sweltering hellhole that is Cossaboom. Heck, in those conditions, I think just going outside and melting would be preferable. Good luck finding a new place to run.
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:22 pm

Yeah, Mark I know. LOL. I kinda cringed when the coach said that. LOL. Oh well. Yeah, slowly but surely I will be back. I am thinking 8 minute pace today and tomorrow, then start the trend faster. I will be running at home today. I just do not feel like going to the YMCA. It is just easier to pick my child up and get my run done at home. Smile
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Trying To Get The Flavor Back

Post  Michael Mitchell on Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:24 pm

Yesterday was a day off. Today, I had some serious progress. I can tell you I ran a 54:55 for 7 miles, but that is not the great thing. The great thing is 38:41 for the last 5 miles. Yep, 7:41 pace for the last 5. I will go a 7:41 pace tomorrow for 7 miles and maybe, just maybe 7:36 pace for Friday. That sets me up well for Saturday. We shall see. I have 21 miles this week.
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Yes, I Am Back

Post  Michael Mitchell on Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:55 pm

Yes, I have had two awful weeks of running. Yes, I am starting back. Yesterday, 52:53 for 7 miles under sweaty conditions. Today, I will run a 5 miler easy. Slowly coming back. I have 8 miles. Will catch you all up tomorrow.
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Re: Dissertating And Running

Post  Mark B on Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:56 am

Wondered where you'd gotten off to. Glad to see you back!
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Post  Michael Mitchell on Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:53 pm

Yeah, we went to DC for a week. It was great outdoors. Very cool. Did I run? Yes. Inside? Yes...and it was tough as nails. I think I got 21 miles that week. I did not run yesterday, but will run at 3 pm today. 53:12 is the goal point. I have to hurry for it is picture day for my son's baseball team. So it will be rush rush...
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