Monday, January 21, 2008

Still alive

Sorry for the long absence. I haven't been too motivated to blog about my running lately since I haven't been running much. It's been pretty frustrating. But, I am back.

Well, after two weeks of very little running, I am feeling a little better. I think my ankle pains might be a result of some tendonitis. I pulled out my old ankle brace, and I have been wearing that for the last several days. I think that is making a big difference. I'm still not sure about the pain in my hamstring. This last week, it seems to have gotten a little better, but still hasn't gone away. I'm feeling optimistic, though. I just don't want to keep taking so much time off. Boston is fast approaching, (my countdown says it's only 30 days away--some lights must have burned out or something, so I gotta look into getting that fixed--I know I still have about 3 months, so I'm not too worried yet) and I want to be ready.

I went for an easy 3 mile run today. It felt so great to get out and run, but the discomfort is far from gone. I don't want to overdo it and cause further injury, but man, it's hard when I know I could be doing so much more! I have been doing some strengthening exercises for my hamstring and butt that I hope will help out. Maybe I need to ask my wife for some more massages. Those are always nice.

If anybody out there has any advice, I'd love to hear it!


nwgdc said...

more effective than a massage would be ART--Active Release Technique. If your problem is originating in built-up scar tissue that is impeding the normal range of motion in your hips, that will cause you to compensate during your gait through extra push off in your calves/achilles area. ART can loosen that up! Funny I should read your blog right now, as I just worked on a pretty elite marathon runner (2:22 PR) with very very similar problems.
I'm so jealous of your date with'll have to run it again next year so we can meet! At least I hope...

nwgdc said... is a good place to start...for other basic info, including some brochures you can download regarding running and ART, go to and click on the "running" icon...let me know about any questions!

Doug said...

I hear you on how frustrating injury can be, Reid. The best advice I can offer is RRICE (Religiously Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate). That worked wonders when I twisted my ankle; albeit a twist is much different than tendinitis.

I hope things work out and you don't have to stand up your date in Hopkinton!

By the way, good seeing you on Facebook - I kept meaning to bring it up, and it kept slipping my mind!