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Old 06-02-2011, 01:08 PM
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Hi All!

Just checking in. The PF has improved but not 100% yet...still a little ouchie in the morning.

Judy...congrats on 8 weeks without smoking! That's Awesome!

That's all I got right now.
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Glad you're feeling better LF!

Ghostly, sounds like you had a nice day with your girl yesterday!

A quick story to illustrate the cycling issue here in St. Louis: (Okay, maybe it isn't just St. Louis... I am relying on you all to tell me how it is in your neck of the woods).
Today on my way to work I pulled onto a busy two lane road. There was a woman on a bike in front of me, literally in the middle of the road. I could no-way-Jose get around her. She was going very slowly and not wearing a helmet. She was holding drivers up and so I honked my horn, hoping she would move over and let us go through. I don't know all the rules of cycling, but I'm pretty sure cyclists are supposed to follow basic rules of motor vehicles, such as stopping at stop signs, stop lights, signalling, etc., but that they are not to be in the middle of the road. Well, my honking pissed her off, and she turned around and gave me a nasty look, then slowed down even further. When I supposed she thought I'd had enough, she moved over to the side of the road where I and other drivers could finally start going more than 15 MPH, gave me the finger, and yelled BITCH!!! Then I watched in my rearview mirror as she proceeded to ignore a stop sign.
This is somewhat of an extreme example, but this is not uncommon in my city. I do see a lot of good cyclists following the rules of the road (and I know my friends here on KA do!), but there are still plenty who don't. We don't have a lot of roads with bike paths, but they are becoming more and more common. Drivers are starting more and more to expect cyclists to adhere to the same rules we do. My opinion is if you aren't going to wear a helmet or stop at stop signs, get on the sidewalk. I guess until it is strictly enforced, there isn't much that will be done.

A little walking today.

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Coffee, u r crazy cool.... JUST a marathon on Sunday... I really love ya... and since I'm the praying type, I'm praying that you will have an injury-free and fun run in my 'Higher Power's Name'!

Anyway, Doc said I have Interior (instead of Posterior that I thought) Tibialis Tendonitis... oh, what fun
She stopped short of saying I can't do the Warrior Dash on Sunday (because she is on Saturday ) But, unfortunately, she said that I need to go to physical therapy (sports therapist). She said that I could stop know or keep running and potentially have to stop mid-way through my marathon training and HAVE to stop. Worst case is that I'd need surgery!!! So, hopefully the last week I haven't done anything will help.

Do, I'll be at the Warrior Dash with my friend from work... wearing dresses???? I think??? Princess Warriors!!!
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Hi everyone!

Back from a week's vacation. 6 lbs heavier according to the scale this morning. I have some pics to post soon.

LF, I'm right there with you, the PF soreness is just persistent. I did bike to work today, do my short core routine, and then did two miles after work. so far so good but I really wish this would go away.

Ate nothing other than two apples all day, just did not feel hungry after a rich week. Had a salad after the run.
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I feel for you R4R. Running is such an important part of your being. I'm assuming that by running wearing a dress you mean one of those skirt thingies with spandex underneath. right? Never seen one of those Warrior Dashes but I can imagine. Physical therapy should be a lot better than any surgery. Wishing you fun and strength for you to finish it.
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Welcome back MyG. When I first saw your avatar, I thought Murray was back. 6 lbs on vacation is probably just water weight form routine changes.Two months from now you should back to normal...... How was the fishing?

Sending you and Femme good vibes on your PF issues also.
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Tom: Your 80 mile bike ride would kick my butt! I can do about 10 (even that takes an hour on flatlands)....then I've had enough. I really do admire you bikers.

Femme: Thanks for checking in. Sure hope that PF heals quickly and completely. I'm sure you've had enough of dealing with it.

DB: I don't have many issues with bikes, here. I would think, however living in a town of any size, a helmet would be a must?! And....courtesy is good for everyone!

R4R: From your prayers to my higher power, thank you! Really...I just needed a 20. This fit in my time frame. I'll run 20 for sure and walk the other 6, if I must. It really is intended just to be a fun day. The weather is cooperating, so far. 53 for a low and in the 70's for a high....hopefully I'll be done by then.

I don't know what to tell you about your foot. Guess you need to listen to your doc. You don't want to mess with it and then end up having to stay off of it for an even longer time....right? All my best....it must be driving you nutso.

GF: Glad you checked in. I tend to worry....or maybe it's just bossiness seeping from my fingers into SR. Glad you're back and hoping your vacation was a restful one. I agree with Tom, that poundage is probably a lot of water.

Have a peaceful evening, friends!
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:12 PM
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Cool Coffee! You are pretty nonchalant about the marathon. Sounds like it's perfect weather for it. Good for you.

DB - Totally know what you mean. Not tryin to irk our KA friends but there are some rude cyclists. Plenty of rude motorists too.

Grand - Guessin you'll burn that weight off in no time.

R4R - Good you get to do the Warrior Dash. Sucks about the foot though. Hope the therapy works. At least it sounds like the Dr. you saw knows about these things.

I got to the gym. Was a rest day so did some kettle bell swings. Also did some ring work. Good time.
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Happy Friday kickers! Love these short work weeks I'm ready for the weekend to begin!

Hi LF sorry the PF is still bugging you my first "attack" of it was the worst and lasted the better part of a year now I just have occassional flare ups and they don't even last 24 hrs. Take care.

DB: We have a similar problem in Dallas w/cyclists from what I've heard and therefore drivers are not friendly to even the good cyclists unfortunetly. A year ago a cyclists crashed into a walker on a trail in the city and the walker actually died, it was an accident so the cyclist wasn't prosecuted (I don't think) but that incident made a lot of people think even less of cyclists here (unjustified) so this isn't really a bike friendly city.

Coffee: Marathon on Sunday! Cool good luck!

R4R: Take it easy please

MG: Welcome back! Hope your vacation was fabulous!

Did 30 min of weights last night mostly free weights then my 45 min butts & gutts class...I went easy on the squatting part --actually I got a cramp in my foot when they were doing the walking lunges so I sat out most of that part....but I still got a good workout and my oblique's and glutes are burning today and it's a gooood burn!

I would like to attend an abdominal type exercise class on Saturdays but the gym doesn't have any so does anyone know of a good exercise DVD that you'd recommend?

Hope everyone has a great happy healthy weekend! Keep on keepin on!
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Ran to the grocery store last night to get some money orders lol, even though my legs were still killing me from squats on Tuesday...

Back & biceps at the gym for lunch today, half hour run after work. Enjoy everybody!
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Got my 20 mile fitness bike ride in this morning. Beautiful day. Not to hot, not to cold. Blue skies. No clouds in the sky. Just a couple of minutes off my best time, did not push that hard, just maintaining. And yes, I did stop at all red lights and stop signs. All systems are GO.

Great day everyone.
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I walked the dogs 2 miles at the Dog Park on the grass today. I am going to try and do this for a couple of days and see what happens. Fingers crossed!

Does anyone have any thoughts on vibrams and PF? I gather vibrams make the feet stronger which is good but when used too much, too soon can cause worse problems.

Happy weekend all!
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Nice job Judy! It is so inspiring to read about all the progress you have made. Sometimes I forget you were smoking just a few weeks ago. Quitting that alone deserves a lot of praise. Everything else you are doin...just amazing.

Hope the walks stay pain free LF.

Nice ridin Tom.

I got to the gym today. Set a PR on the front squat of 180#. Thanks for the tips Uncle. Also did some medicine ball stuff and sprints (if you can call what I do Sprints!).

Grillin right now as usual. Steak and burgers (no buns of course).

Hope everyone is well.
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Hi everyone.

LF, I am not sure about Vibrams.

Rode today, nice and cool out. did my home reps. Will try to get a longer run tomorrow, maybe 5+ miles. I kinda feel like I'm starting over on my running.

Fishing went well I will post a pic of my Muskie.
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LaFemme, I feel bad about your plantar fasciitis. That seems like it can really disable you from exercising. Hang in there. Check out post #201 on page 9 from Kicking Asphalt part 5 from Murray4x5 on how his plantar fasciitis got better. He had deep massages called Active Release Technology (ART) done by an ART practitioner. I like the part where he says, "OUCH-EE-MOMMA!!!!!!!!!!". Perhaps you can search if someone in your area can do that type of massage. It seemed to work for Murray4x5.

coffeenut, good luck with your marathon this Sunday. You make it sound so easy. You are a warrior!

Tom, you're a monster on that bike. I hope everything goes well with your son. Just 4 years ago we went on a week long family vacation to Florida during the school's Winter Break. I remember we were in the pool and the biggest issue at the time with my 5th grade son was he wanted me to get him a bearded dragon lizzard at the pet store when we got back home to Michigan. Now he's in 9th grade, in love with his girl friend and spends any free time he has with her or they're constantly texting each other. I've been replaced. I'm not much part of his life anymore. I can't imagine what it's going to be like when he goes to college.

DrunkenBasement, that woman on that bike was a sick person. Don't let her get you down.

R4R, I think physical therapy will do you good. They've got ways to speed up the healing. Sometimes they can rub medicine on your injury and then do ultra sound on top of the medicine to get the inflammation out. You might have to ask them and push the issue.

mygrandfather, I used to fish for panfish, bass, pike and Muskie all the time. After I sobered up 19 years ago I bought a 14 foot aluminum boat with a trailer and got a hitch on the back of my truck. I used to love to go to a bunch of inland lakes here in Michigan and go fishing. Fishing is freedom. I can't wait to see your Muskie.

Ghostly, your daughter is at such a precious age right now. Glad to hear you're sober and a good dad. Way to go with your PR on the front squat. It can be such a rush when you get PR's.

jamdls, way to push it with resistance training. And way to go with quitting smoking. You should be proud of yourself.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...it's, erikm02!!! He runs to the grocery store while having sore legs from squatting. He lifts weights or runs on his lunch break. Then he runs after work. ericm02, you are a warrior!
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Ghostly: Great job on that pr! That always, always feels good to be moving in that direction!

Femme: I think R4R has vibrams? Maybe she can help?

Judy: The only dvd work out I did was Jillian Michaels. It was a good one. I think she has quite a few out, though?

Erik: Nice!

Tom: Glad to hear your helmet is in place.

GF: That starting over running...usually happens to me every year or so. Just when I need some rest and refuse to take it. What is a muskie? A fish?

Uncle: So in awe of your 19 years! Talk about a warrior of the best kind! And, may I ask (I'm going to anyway...just ask Ghost and Top ) ...how did you get sober? None of my business, of course.

Okay. I'm outta here until probably Monday. Have a GREAT weekend, all!
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Hi LaFemme...here's the bit uncle holmes is talking about;


uncle holmes, have I ever seen a Podiatrist? Now there lies a story!

I got Plantar Fasciitis really bad 10 years ago. I had to kneel on a chair to make a sandwich in the kitchen, or kneel in the gravel to push our daughter on a swing at the playground. Our areas Podiatrist had me walk twenty feet away from him, then twenty feet back and said I over pronated, should wear shoes with extra support for over pronation, and cast my feet for orthotics.

I wore his hard as a rock plastic orthotics for over a year and my feet just kept getting worse. I was sitting all day at a job I hated; couldn't hike, climb, kayak, or carry my photography gear...it robbed me of almost everything. The stress caused gastrointestinal issues which I thought was Celiac's Disease. When I took gluten out of my diet I also began being proactive in solving my foot problems, and my gastrointestinal symptoms disappeared. (Back on gluten now).

I went to see a Pedorthist (somebody who has a degree in Kinesiology or Health Sciences who then takes another three years training to become an entry level Pedorthist) who specializes in foot biomechanics and building appropriate orthotics and shoes. They examined me for 20 minutes, declared I had a neutral gait pattern, shouldn't wear corrective footwear, and made supportive but flexible orthotics for my feet.

My feet got better, but didn't get cured of pain, so I kept investigating...gotta love Google!

I found a method of deep massage called Active Release Technique (ART), which unlike myofascial release that breaks up scar tissue in muscles at rest, an ART practitioner uses a stripping motion while the patient uses the effected area through its entire range of motion. He had me sit with my legs extended, and had me start by bending my foot downward a bit, then as I pulled my foot and toes back to make the Plantar Aponeurosis (tendons on bottom of foot) get as tight as possible, he would press with his thumbs almost as hard as he could and strip downward to the heel at the same time. OUCH-EE-MOMMA!!!!!!!!!!

I had five treatments over two weeks 4 years ago and my feet have been getting better ever since. I've gone on half day hikes barefoot, stood in line with the family at Disneyland for hours, played and ran and trampolined and skated and hopscotched and jumped rope with our daughter without a second thought about my feet. It's like I was given a second chance at life, and one of the reasons I quit drinking...why squander such a gift?



Mine got really bad, but it started out by being painful in the first couple steps after getting out of bed in the morning, or after standing in one place for a long time, or standing and walking after sitting down for lunch. Is that what's happening to you?

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Judy: The only dvd work out I did was Jillian Michaels. It was a good one. I think she has quite a few out, though?
I listen to a news talk radio station from Los Angeles (KFI 640) and many years ago (before she became a celebrity) Jillian Michaels used to have a talk in fitness show once a week and I used to listen to her once in a while when I was driving around.

I forgot all about her, then she became a celeb, but I found a couple of mp3s of her shows I must have recorded on an old computer I passed down to my nephew. It was like "where did this come from?" sort of thing when I found them. She was very genuine and inspirational back then.
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Minor surgery 10 days ago...feels like forever since last run...ran/walked 2K barefoot last night...found it very necessary to concentrate on smoooooth form!!!

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coffeenut, how did I get sober? I could get sober, but I couldn't stay sober for any great length of time. I used to be a chronic, relapse prone alcoholic. I think a more accurate question is how did I stay sober? I was in and out of AA for 10 years before I was able to stay sober for a year. Then I came across a book Staying Sober, A guide for relapse prevention by Terence T. Gorski and Merlene Miller that a counselor suggested that I read. That book fit me to a tee. I practiced the methods from that book and combined that with the 12 steps and AA meetings and it made all the world of difference. I was able to recognize my relapse warning signs and prevent any future relapses.

By the way I hope you do good in your marathon tomorrow. I'm excited for you.

I went for a 6 mile bike ride today with my other son. 3 miles to my mom's house, visited her for a while, and then 3 miles back. We stopped at Starbucks on the way back and got some drinks.
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Coffee good luck in your race!!!

Beautiful day here in DC, did 5.5 easy miles which included a really nice and newly re-opened stretch of riverwalk at the Navy Yard (has been closed for years after 9/11).

Got my core work in, actually managed 10 pull-ups too.

Already researching that ART for PF, thanks everyone for the great info.

And now, the muskie. It's being held by my brother:

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