Beware of overtraining

By | March 8, 2010 2:22 pm | 0 Comments

Feeling fatigued? Is every run a chore? Losing speed AND enthusiasm?

You could be overtrained.

Check out these top 10 signs of overtraining from Running Planet.

Overtraining is pretty easy for a mileage-obsessed runner (like most of us) to do.

I should know…I do it a lot. I can tell I need a break when I have a “lead legs” run like I did this morning.

Actually TAKING that break…well, that’s a whole different story.

I have yet to master the ability to rest (which explains the lead legs).

These arches aren’t golden

By | February 2, 2010 9:05 am | 2 Comments

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I have a few recurring foot injuries that crop up from time to time. I’ve never been officially diagnosed or sought professional help because, frankly, I don’t know where to go (or if my insurance will cover it) and both problems typically go away with rest…which would indicate that they are overuse injuries.

One is a morton’s neuroma (my self-diagnosis) and involves an incredibly sharp/pinching pain between the third and fourth toes on one foot. I notice that this happens most often if I wear shoes that are too tight for me. It typically takes a day or two to subside.

The other recurring injury is a pain in my inside arch of the foot — something I’m suffering through right now. I felt it coming on 1/2 way through a 6 mile run on Sunday (following a 10-miler on Saturday).

Googling around and checking my symptoms would lead me to believe it’s posterial tibial tendonitis. It calls for rest, ice and compression as a first step in treatment — that’s always worked in the past. It’s hard for me to do nothing (and I mean nothing…aerobics hurts, walking hurts, standing hurts) for days on end, but…with complete rest it usually goes away within a week.

I’m hoping the cause of the PTT is wearing my high heel boots I’ve come to love this winter. I’m praying it’s not something more…or a more permanent problem.

For now, I rest….restlessly.

All knotted up

By | November 5, 2009 9:18 am | 0 Comments

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I’ve been having some nagging pain in my right heel for several weeks. It started with the bad shoes and just wouldn’t go away…except when I ran…which was weird, right?

It would hurt for the first mile and then — voila! — the pain in my heel was gone and I’d finish the rest of my run without so much as a twinge.

But..when I wasn’t running..oh..the pain. It became painful to wear certain shoes. My heel was painful to the touch — the pain centered in the back and sides of the heel bone leading me to start wondering if it was a stress fracture.

My running friend thought it had more to do with ligaments or tendons.

When I saw chiropractor (and ultra-marathoner/running guru) Dan Young on Tuesday I mentioned the heel pain.

He grabbed hold of my right calf…dug his thumbs deep into the muscle and hit pay dirt. I nearly jumped off the table.

“aaahhh…uuhhhhhuuuh….” he said in his trademark lilting…I-found-the-problem voice.

Knots. Several knots, actually, causing the ligaments and muscles in my leg to contract and pull tight. This caused the connections to my heel to be taut and strained …which, in turn, caused the heel pain.

The solution? Rubbing those knots out with my fingers, “the stick,” my knuckles…whatever I can use to break up the party in my right calf.

An article I found calls this “releasing the trigger points” and has some interesting information that would be useful to all runners — knotted up or not. Check it out  here.

OH….and the reason it didn’t hurt once I got moving? Because once I warmed up…the muscles, tendons and ligaments relaxed and stretched out.