I HAVE MOVED

After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.

Harold

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What Did the Doctor Say?

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: May 29, 2013



The pain in my Achilles got so bad yesterday that I did something I hate to do.

Let’s back up a little bit.

After the Miles for Mills 5K on Monday, I knew that I had hurt my left Achilles – probably a strain or some tendonitis, nothing too serious.

However, the way it was feeling wasn’t the kind of pain that I was used to from Achilles tendonitis or a strain and it got me worried.

I am not crazy about going to see the doctor, it usually means that something bad is going on. So I called and asked to see the doctor that afternoon and they were able to get me in at 4:00 PM.

The doc kidded around with me, saying he had seen me more in the last 2 weeks than he had in the previous 2 years and a few other good-natured sarcastic comments.

I explained what happened and he checked out my Achilles. After doing some tests and checking my tolerance of pain, he told me he thought that I had a really bad case of Achilles Tendonitis and due to the blood that was pooling at the bottom of the foot, that had probably also done some micro-tears of the Achilles.



I have a lot of respect for my doc and his opinions. So when he told me he wanted me to wear an air cast for at least a week and if there was ANY pain after a week, to wear it for another week.

These recommendations seemed reasonable and were inline with what I sort of expected. Then he shocked me by saying that I could start easy running a week after I took off the air cast. I agreed to do what he recommended without any whining or complaining.

He also offered me some pain meds, because on the pain scale, it was a 7 or 8 and I was having significant problems walking on it. I don’t like taking meds, unless I really have to, so I refused. Which was probably a mistake, because last night I got maybe 2 hours of sleep because of how bad the foot felt. However, if I take pain meds, I tend to do more than I should, so the pain is a way to slow me down.

The doc also agreed that my left hip issue was probably bursitis and discussed that if my left hip continues to bother me that he recommended to have a cortisone shot in 2-3 weeks. Hopefully, the bursitis calms down enough to not have to worry about it, with my current no running status.
Air Cast

Right after lunch today, I was finally able to get my walking air cast on and while I was skeptical about what kind of difference it would actually make. Just having my leg immobilized made a huge difference and I haven’t felt the need use any pain-killer for the past few hours.


The reality is that

Getting my legs right and ensuring that I do this rehab correctly, is too important for me to screw it up. I need to be able to start training again as soon as possible, to be ready to being my Marine Corp Marathon Training the beginning of July.

I did think it was a little funny, that after I left the doctor’s office this afternoon, I also got my appointment to see a specialist next Monday, about why my right foot gets so painful after running 5-6 miles. Right now, this is the least of my problems. I would happily trade to only having this issue and still be able to keep running, but I will walk in on my crutches and air cast on and then have them look at my other foot, explaining that should be interesting.

Oh well things are progressing and I still believe that training for the Marine Corps Marathon is still well within my reach. I just have to get through the next few weeks and not be stupid about things.

I know that some of you disagree with my decision to competitively run the Miles for Mills 5K, but even with what I know today, I would still make the same choices. It was important to me to do that and while this problem with my left Achilles has been inconvenient to say the least, but I will heal.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Miles for Mills 5K Race Recap - 5/27-13

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: May 27, 2013


Okay before anyone says that I was an idiot – I agree with you, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.

What are you talking about Harold?

I went to the Miles for Mills 5K expecting to walk it, guess what – I didn’t.

Why not?

Harold you haven’t really run since May 3rd and your hip was just beginning to feel no pain when walking, so why in the hell did you run in a race today, especially when you KNEW what the result would be?

This is why!



If Travis Mills can run a race with no arms and no legs, how in the hell can I with all good conscience not run, especially wearing Team RWB colors.


So I did.

I told myself that I was just going to go slow and then right before the start I told Laura – I just going to go until I can’t anymore and see how I do. I spent the first mile and half in 4th or 3rd place and finally passed the guy who had been holding down 2nd around 1.5 miles.

There were about 6-7 of us that were in the pack and I was holding off the eventual women’s winner (who finished 2nd) and was feeling good. However, coming around the final left turn, with about .5 miles left, I landed and twisted a little, with my foot planted and it was all I could do to struggle to finish. All the rest of the way my hip was telling me very loudly about how stupid I was to be running today and with a quarter mile to go, my left achilles, joined in the chorus.

Between the lack of training and my hip and achilles hurting, I ended up finishing 5th. Which was a little disappointing, but hey, I gave it a good effort and was very surprised and pleased at how I did. I am doing LOTs of icing the hip and listening to it complain about what idiot I was to have even thought about running today.

It ended up being my second fastest 5K of the year, so while I was a little disappointed that I didn’t hang onto second, I am happy with the fact that I did run and did okay.

Oh well – like I said if Travis can run, I am not going to let a little thing like this stop me from running.



Travis has a dream to help other veterans and the local newspaper has already got an article up that explains it a lot better than I can – here is the link. If you would like to learn more about Travis’ dreams and plans here is his website.


Here are photos of other Team RWB members from todays race.


Miles For Mills 5K



If I had it do over, I wouldn’t change my decision to have run in this race, the only thing I would have done differently would have been to run faster when my hip was not bothering me.

All I can say is that Travis and the other veterans that were there today, certainly inspired me!