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Pseudo Running

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amarie2009

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Well, if you are a part of Loopville on facebook you already know – no marathon for me next weekend. After a foolish attempt at running on the treadmill 2 weeks ago (is that ONLY two weeks ago, three since I originally hurt myself? It feels like forever.) I set myself back to the beginning and I haven’t really run since. I’ve churned and churned away on the elliptical and gotten my “miles” in for Austin in February, but no actual running. Until a few days ago it still hurt some to walk, it wasn’t until Thanksgiving I even felt tempted to try running, because I knew it wouldn’t work. I had given myself the rule that I could not attempt to run until 2 days after I was first strongly tempted. That day was today. I warmed up thoroughly, with heel dips, leg swings in every plane and a mile on the oh so lovely elliptical (ok, I shouldn’t complain since it’s letting me pseudo run). I stepped on to the treadmill heart pounding already. I started to walk at a brisk pace. After a tenth of a mile I started to crank up the pace until I reached my easy pace and…after just a couple minutes I stopped. It was clear that I wasn’t going to settle in and be able to run pain free. It’s better. But not enough. So, I quit before I did damage to myself. Back to churning on the elliptical. It’s a cut back week for Austin, and I was meeting a friend and her family for brunch/lunch so I only got an hour’s worth in, but it’s something. It’s been very warm here and I did an hour or two of yard work yesterday, which I don’t think helped my foot, but didn’t make it obviously worse. But maybe if I hadn’t done that I’d have been able to run? It doesn’t matter. I did it, and it needed to be done. It’s still not done, but I have all winter assuming we don’t get some crazy snow that I haven’t seen in my lifetime. Snow here never lasts all that long. Generally a week at most. The leaves need mulching with the mower too, but I’m going to wait until after I’m running again to do that. The lawn will survive, I’ve skipped it altogether before, but it’s not a good thing.   

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I know the frustration of a "pseudo run" on the elliptical.  I hope you heal and are back in business soon.

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Pseudo running has made me be able to go out and run almost at the pace I used to. Now if my leg would completely heal that would be awesome.

Did you get an MRI to figure out exactly what’s wrong? Hoping it heals sooner rather than later. Meanwhile keep churning-elliptical, Stairclimber or rowing machine.

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Yuck, so sorry. This has got to be insanely frustrating. Keep churning, you'll get through it!

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Bummer about the race and running in general. Have some holiday pie and plan your comeback!

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On 11/26/2017 at 2:35 PM, ocrunnergirl said:

Pseudo running has made me be able to go out and run almost at the pace I used to. Now if my leg would completely heal that would be awesome.

Did you get an MRI to figure out exactly what’s wrong? Hoping it heals sooner rather than later. Meanwhile keep churning-elliptical, Stairclimber or rowing machine.

No MRI, Physical exam showed stress fracture extremely unlikely, so it wouldn't have made a difference in treatment. Since I could put weight on it (only walking and running hurt) anything that was wrong wouldn't have called for more serious intervention. It's also significantly improved fairly quickly (despite my impatience) so time is the best cure. Waiting is hard, but far better than needing surgery. 

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Clearly I don't spend enough time on facebook...sorry about the news. Hope you get on top of it soon. On the plus side the elliptical's gotta be less mind-numbing than pool running surely?!?

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9 hours ago, ChocTop said:

Clearly I don't spend enough time on facebook...sorry about the news. Hope you get on top of it soon. On the plus side the elliptical's gotta be less mind-numbing than pool running surely?!?

More people to watch for sure. If the sun isn't glaring in the windows there's the tv on the machine too.

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