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I lay close to the edge, I guess I didn’t know the ledge….

March 31, 2010

It has been one week since my last run due to my shin injury.  It seems the tendons running from my foot to my leg have become inflamed. The sheath around the tendon is what is most likely causing the pain which is known as tenosynovitis.  The swelling has come down and I don’t have any sharp pain anymore.  I still get a dull ache when I dorsi flex and the affected area is quite red.  At first I thought the redness was from the constant icing but even when I don’t ice for some time the redness is still there. 

It’s hard to say when I’ll resume running because although its feeling somewhat better I’m afraid of making it worse, again.  Last week when I was running I really didn’t think it was that bad until it hurt to walk a couple of hours after my last run.  Because it was feeling better each day I felt it was ‘on its way out’ and didn’t realize how bad it could get.  Even walking last Thursday and Friday was painful.

In the meantime I have taken to the spin bike and recently I’ve upgraded to the elliptical.  When I cross train I get a little worried about losing fitness so I tend to do more volume (in minutes) than I would normally run in a day.  Yesterday, for instance, I did 70 minutes on the spin bike in the morning and then 70 minutes on the elliptical in the afternoon.  A typical run day would be 70 minutes and then 45 minutes in the PM.

The Commonwealth games are the focus for the year and I feel that I have plenty of time to get ready for them, seeing as they’re in October (Oct. 6th-14th).  The end of the qualifying period is July 31st, much earlier than the games (don’t get me started).  On top of that, the opportunities to run a quality 10 000m pretty much dry up after May.  So although it seems that the CWG are not too close the opportunity to qualify in the 10 000m are just around the corner.  Hope this tenosynovitis clears up quickly.

  1. Andrew Taylor permalink
    March 31, 2010 7:34 pm

    Hey Reid.
    Great blog, really enjoy your commentary on how you manage injuries. I’m out for 6 months b/c of a couple of different injuries that just won’t go away after about 1 year of treatment.

    I’m amazed how long you can last on the spin bike, I find it mind numbing. The elliptical I find much easier to elevate the heart rate and work hard.

    Take care.

  2. Skuj permalink
    April 5, 2010 12:31 am

    But Dude, yer Jan 3rd entry has you talkin 5000m for CG10. Did you have a change of heart?

    • reidcoolsaet permalink*
      April 6, 2010 9:36 pm

      If I have a choice I’d rather run the 5000m. At this point in the season my focus is on the 10 000m and I’d like to hit a qualifying time and then go from there.

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