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Hello again Loopsters! This is my first bloop in the loop reborn. It doesn’t look like I’ll manage to increase my writing on the new loop. But I’ll try…and try to be more interesting. (But this bloop doesn’t really accomplish that. More of a stream of consciousness about my recent training, and minor issues I’ve had)

                I am getting into the main part of training for St. Jude Memphis marathon. I’d love to go sub 4:30. That’s been my goal for how long now? It’s been more than a year since I completed a marathon. I’m feeling good but there’s been a couple set backs. A little more than a month ago I went to the chiropractor and mentioned that the side of my right heel hurt. He quickly determined that the real problem was in my calf. A quick press on a trigger point there confirmed it for me. Ow! My calf was super angry. I had a 6k race on that Saturday and he told me not to run before then. (So no running just for Thursday and Friday) He also said I should consider getting trigger point injections. I was not at all sure about that! My calf didn’t hurt except when someone pressed on the trigger points. But it was tight when I ran. After 2 days of rest the 6k went great (I placed 1st in my age group and was 9th woman overall – covered in my last real bloop on the old loop). My heel felt better by my follow up appointment the next week. I was even more unsure whether it was worth pursuing the trigger point injections, but they weren’t going to charge me more than the cost of a normal appointment, the heel felt better but the calf was still clearly very, very tight and angry. With such a tight timeline for my upcoming marathon, I don’t have time for injury so I went with it. Curiosity played a role too. For the next 4 weeks I went in once a week for the injections and massage. Each visit my calf got less tight and my heel pain was long gone. I still don’t know if I really needed the injections, but I do know they helped. I may very well have been fine without them, but I’m glad I didn’t take the chance.

                The other set back happed 2 weeks ago when just before I went to bed I started to feel really sick to my stomach. I went to bed feeling like I was going to have to get up again soon to…um, empty my stomach but I made it through the night (not sleep well at all, but without revisiting my supper). Tuesday morning I got up and still felt bad, but I got dressed hoping I’d feel better. I didn’t and just the walk to the bathroom left me all sweaty. Not good. Finally my stomach did give up. Ok, no workout, no run and no work. I spent the rest of the day on the couch, mostly sleeping and struggling to get water in. About 3pm I ate a little toast, and I had a small bowl of rice for supper but that’s all I ate. Wednesday I went to work, but still had no appetite. I managed to eat a little anyway. I went out after work to try to run. I made it 2 miles before my stomach started cramping and my legs said, nope, you are done for today. Gradually as the week went on I felt better, but my appetite didn’t come back at all even by Friday night before my scheduled 16 mile long run. I’d been eating so I figured I’d try and see what happened. I started running on Saturday and right from the very beginning my legs felt heavy. I hoped they would feel better as I went but they really didn’t. Finally at 11 miles in I called it a day. The following week was a cut back week, so I could attempt 16 again without getting behind on my plan. Finally Sunday night I actually felt hungry again. From there I did feel better. Last week I was able to all my runs in as planned. Attempt #2 at 16 went great – I even managed to run the last mile the fastest (something I’m doing to help simulate running the last mile of a race). I felt really good. Today’s run was great too. I’m feeling good, I hope I can keep this going.

                Sorry this bloop isn’t very interesting, and maybe kind of gross. Hopefully I’ll have more time to devote to the next one I write. And maybe there will be pictures…

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Trigger point injections? That's a new one to me. What exactly were they injecting? I've had dry needling from the physiotherapist a few times which is kind of like acupuncture on trigger points. Helps get to spots they can't get to with hands to release/reset muscles. I've mostly had pretty good results with it.

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A great 16 goes a long way toward a successful marathon. Good luck - and hope the mysterious stomach thing is gone.

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I see Hal Higdon post on Twitter sometimes and he is often telling people who had a set-back to not try to make up missed mileage. Just jump back in where you are and you'll be fine. It's the accumulation of training and not one day or week that matters. Glad you got the calf/heel figured out and are feeling better.

Keep us posted on the training! We are runners too, you know.

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On 10/16/2017 at 11:19 PM, ChocTop said:

Trigger point injections? That's a new one to me. What exactly were they injecting? I've had dry needling from the physiotherapist a few times which is kind of like acupuncture on trigger points. Helps get to spots they can't get to with hands to release/reset muscles. I've mostly had pretty good results with it.

Very small amounts of Lidocaine. If I had totally objected to actual injections they could have also done it as the dry needling without the Lidocaine. It didn't leave numb spots on my leg so it had to be pretty small amounts (or enough below the surface I couldn't feel the numb spots.)

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Wow. Lidocaine - that's a pain relief/numbing substance? Over here chiro's aren't even allowed to dry needle but even the physio's can't perform injections. Glad to hear it seems to have given you relief.

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