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Training Log Archive: cmorse

In the 7 days ending Apr 26, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Run - Trail1 2:48:00 18.64(9:01) 30.0(5:36) 16050.4
  Hiking1 1:02:00 3.57(17:21) 5.75(10:47)6.2
  Total2 3:50:00 22.21(10:21) 35.75(6:26) 16056.6

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Saturday Apr 25, 2009 #

Hiking (Shenipsit South) 1:02:00 [1] 5.75 km (10:47 / km)
shoes: NB 474

Not up for a run today, so hiked and mapped some more trails in the southern section of Shenipsit before Strider meeting at 9:15. Left leg bothersome, but not painful

Friday Apr 24, 2009 #

Run - Trail long (Valley Falls <> Andover) 2:48:00 [3] 30.0 km (5:36 / km) +160m 5:27 / km
shoes: NB 790 {orange}

Late run w/ Bruce, Mark and Scott - they started at 8 in Vernon, but due to family committments, I couldn't join them until 9, so I met them on the rail trail above Valley Falls and headed toward Andover. Right from the start my left leg was tight in the glute and baxck of upper thigh. Ran with the lights off for the most part - the lighter stonedust surface contrasted well with darker surrounding ground so staying on the trail was easy and a very nice evening to be running - clear and low 50's. As we neared Andover (aid at 7-11) my left foot began to get a pins/needles feeling - not painful, but disconcerting. On the return leg it didn't get any worse, but didn't get any better either. The others were planning to exit the rail trail at Steeles Crossing and add some road mileage before rejoining at Valley Falls, I opted to part company with them and ran solo for the 5 or so miles back to Valley Falls just before midnight - finished the run at 29.6km, so I ran down the road and back just to make it an even 30km. Great night for a long run, but the left leg thing has me worried - I've had issues with that leg 3 of the last 4 long runs. Northern Nipmuck it was fine, but the others have been iffy... Need to do some more research.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2009 #


No time today... But saw the Lyme doc this AM and I'm officially off antibiotics for now. Feeling good the past couple of months with no sign of the symptoms I had last summer (and past 6 years). Will keep a close eye on things and have a prescription handy in case things start to backslide without the A/B's.... Here's hoping we're clear of this mess...

Monday Apr 20, 2009 #

(rest day)

Feeling pretty good today - general tiredness, but no aches or soreness whatsoever....

Did some research on my weird shin ailment - I'm leaning toward compartment syndrome - whereas the shin muscle gets swollen up within a compartment of fascia that doesn't give and ends up pinching blood vessels and more importantly, nerves. I'm thinking that perhaps my feet swelled up and with shoes too tight the blood flow was restricted through the legs causing the swelling in the shins. slowing down for a long walk perhaps allowed the swelling the subside and pain to magically disappear.

The swollen foot theory also concurs with some minor foot tingling I noted at the very end of my 27.5 mile run a few weeks ago - which subsided quickly once I switched to looser shoes.

So I guess the next step is to try some looser fitting shoes for long runs - but how does one go about 'fitting' shoes for swollen feet? Go run for 4 hours then go shoe shopping? Or just find a model I like and get a pair a full size larger than what's comfortable in the store?

And do I start the run in regular shoes, then switch to oversize after a few hours? I wouldn't want to start a run in loose shoes only to have blisters and other ailments from sliding around too much.

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