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Or maybe not. I don’t know. It may be too early to tell.

Remember that last post where I was saying my pain level hadn’t increased despite my mileage increase? And that I wanted to be careful not to get injured because that would be an excuse not to do the 10 k?

Ya, well, humph. Saturday I kinda sorta upped my mileage again, by 1/2 a mile.  And it felt ok, more or less. I was feeling the hip by the end, but it wasn’t killing me. Sunday I took off because I upped my mileage on Saturday and J wasn’t home in the morning to go roller-blading while I ran, so I had enough excuses to pass. And hey, since my hip was still a little sore, I thought it would be better to have a break.

Monday came. Hip still pretty sore. Had to stop (!!!!!!) while out after about the first mile, because the front part of my hip was getting tighter and tighter to the point where it darn near felt frozen. Stretched it out and it was bearable; no incline work, I said, until I got it sorted out.

Tuesday came. Hip still sore, but I took it slow, and while I did some incline work, it was 1/2 mile less (total; 1/4 mile each) and here again, I went really slow.

Oh. My. Stars. I napped in the afternoon, and by the time evening came, it was on constant throb. Now I have two points of pain. I’m thinking it’s the normal bursa pain and then new stuff I think is some kind of hip flexor/iliopsoas tendonitis. Achille’s tendon. Extensor tendonitis. Iliopsoas tendonitis.

Do you see the pattern?? Yes, I know, I am dense. When one has connective tissue disease (and since Raynaud’s is a symptom of mixed connective tissue disease), you never know what is going to go haywire next.

Anyhow. Hunny is convinced that the pain is the result of running on pavement. I think it’s probably the combination of increased mileage and being in a flare. In hindsight, when I woke up on Saturday with swollen eyes, I should have not increased my mileage, and just to be safe, I should have probably done my running indoors. And then Monday and Tuesday when they were still swollen-same thing. Meh.

I medicated last night so I could sleep. Pain is not as bad today, but it’s not good. I can do a bit more stretching without having my breath taken away, so that is good.  I think. We’ll see what tomorrow (and some additional targeted exercises and stretches) brings. I haven’t registered yet for the race, but I still really want to.

And the clock is ticking. The only other race on the horizon is in December, and I am not sure how running in the cold (because of my Raynaud’s) is going to play out.

But hey- the upside is that I did manage to find a cheap pair of sunglasses that I think will work. They are not terribly dark, but since I’m looking down much of the time, I think they will be ok.

So, bloggy friends who have dealt with this, please give me your two cents! Push on? Ditch the race this time?

The only thing I actually know is that I am headed for a nap right now.  😆

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I am now in my VFF Bikilas full-time. Total daily mileage (for the days I run) is 5 miles, but this week had me contemplating whether or not it’s time to start adding to my distance.  I was pushed for time this week, so I opted not to.  Next week, though, is another week, and I may accidentally increase my distance.

Total miles since getting VFFs: 202.5 

Total VFF miles: 138

Total days running in VFFs: 41

First day to run all in VFFs:  day 34 (I probably could have done this on day 33, but because I had 3/4 miles “left over,” I figured I could add just 1/4 mile that one day to even things out.)

First day running in VFFs: May 31, 2011  

First day running 100% in VFFs: August 26, 2011

FWIW.  😆

Summary: I will likely never own another kind of running shoe. EVER. My foot pain is not entirely gone; my Achille’s tendon in the one foot stays a wee little bit tight/sore, but as long as I make the point to stretch it frequently, it is not problematic or prohibitive.  In fact, the last several days, it has not bothered me at all while running.

Foot pain (plantar fasciitis) has not resolved.  It’s significantly better, though, and I think that’s encouraging.

Hip pain– I have days when it flares and is quite painful, or wakes me up when I’m sleeping.  Overall, though, this is also significantly better than even a few months ago.

Observations:

  • Now that I’m in my VFF Bikilas full-time, I only have a few “complaints.” On the inside arch of both feet, it seems the seam of the shoe is mildly irritating.  This doesn’t bother me at all when running, but I do some red marks of irritation.
  • I am very glad these are washable. I am planning on working on them this weekend and hoping I can get the sole back to 100% white.  I wish the inside of the shoe was another color.
  • Hunny still thinks they are really ugly.  I disagree. 😉

I am pretty sure that the next pair I’m going to get are going to be the Bikila LS (for Lace System), but am still researching.  Given that I only have 140 miles (give or take) on this pair,it will probably be a really long while.  I’d be replacing my other shoes soon. I will still update; but may do that in 100 mile intervals.

For those interested in a bit more detail, the log is below.

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Day 32 – ran 4.5 in VFFs, a little more soreness in L Achilles tendon; but not too bad overall; just really hot and tired today.

Day 33-  ran 4.75 in VFFs; things feel pretty good; some initial soreness until I warmed up.

Day 34- ran all 5 in VFFs; best time to date so things are finally feeling pretty good.

Day 35- ran all in VFFs; tired today and could not push through it

Day 36- ran/jogged all in VFFs; some strain in Achilles tendon when warming up; felt ok after 1/2 mile or so; quite tired today; allergies going

Day 37- ran all; Some initial soreness in Achilles, but fine once warmed up.

Day 38- ran all; felt R calf tightness a little; some initial tightness in L Achilles; did not push much today.

Day 39; – ran all; R calf tight; feet have been sore over the weekend; marginal tightness in L Achilles

Day 40; –ran all; got a late start and didn’t stretch a whole lot; wonder how that will go; things felt pretty good, but didn’t eat early enough

Day 41-ran all; legs/feet are pretty good today- all best times are this week, even though tired and not feeling like I can push much

Weekly totals:

VFF miles: 15

Total Miles: 15

Total VFF miles this record: 49.25

Total miles for this record: 50

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Took me long enough, eh? 😆  Last month was busy, which meant not much actual time for running.  I am a morning runner.  Come afternoon, I cannot promise I’ll be out of bed, unless, of course, I am working. So, I *have* to run in the morning when I am sure I have enough go-go juice to do it.

Summary 

Mileage for this record: 50 miles

VFF miles: 39.5

Total miles since getting VFFs: 152.5

Total VFF miles- 88.75

Total days running in shoes: 31

Pain summary:  As of this moment; right now; today, most of the tendon issues seemed to have resolved (knock on wood).  The hip pain has started to creep back in, so I am back to doing more exercises targeted to strengthen them. I have found doing the yoga stretches (that gave my L foot fits )*before* and after running has really been a very good thing. I have not had any additional extensor tendon pain.  

My chief complaint this record is as usual, the heat (rolling eyes), since overall, the foot pain has been tolerable. I’m still sick of pain, but am getting periods of reprieve, so that is encouraging.

Conclusion: Seriously- take it slow in adding mileage and make those resting days count.  One of the best things I’ve done, I think, is to add extra distance in VFFs the day before a rest day (the weekends, for me).  I also usually take Wednesday off as well, although I am pretty sure at this point, it’s not as much of a necessity as it used to be. I only add 1/2 a mile at a time, which I think is the most I would want to add (now that I have my head screwed on right :lol:).

The log is below.  Leave me your comments if you are interested!

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Day 22; Monday – ran 3 1/2 in VFFs; didn’t push; first day back after a week off

Day 23; Tuesday – ran 3 1/2 in VFFs; could not push; some L Achilles tendon soreness; cramping pain R heel; will do a lot of stretching today and tonight.

Day 24; Friday – ran 4 in VFFs, did a lot of stretching; glad I took 2 days off (company); R foot sore this am; very hot still, and feeling tired, so my pace was surprising today.

Day 25; Tuesday – ran 4 in VFFs; some Achilles tendon soreness; could feel R calf tighten, so will keep an eye on that; R foot continues to be pretty sore overall.

Day 26; Thursday – ran 4 in VFFs, some Achilles tendon soreness and some top of foot soreness; could feel R calf tighten a little bit, not as sore as Tuesday, but still needed to take yesterday off due to extreme soreness.

Day 27; Monday – ran 4 in VFFs; some Achilles tendon soreness along with sore R foot; R calf sort of tight; stitch in R side not feel real good; still wishing feet were not so sore, even when stretching.

Day 28; Tuesday – ran 4 in VFFs; more Achilles tendon pain; R foot moderately sore; could feel the tightness in R calf; didn’t push a lot today and was surprised speed was the same as yesterday.

Day 29; Thursday – ran 4 in VFFs; some Achilles tendon pain but not too bad; feet feel better today overall; R calf not as tight.

Day 30; Friday –  added ½ mile in  VFFs; ran 4.5; not much Achilles tendon tenderness; can still feel it, but thought it would be ok to increase another 1/2 mile; R calf pretty normal except when stretching and then I can feel it.

Day 31; Monday – ran 4.5 in VFFs; things feel ok today, but pretty hot; didn’t want to try to push

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I wish I had one.  Since I don’t, I keep track of my pain in other ways.

You may recall that I added more exercises specific to the hips as a means of hopefully combatting the chronic pain I’ve had there.  This has given me mixed results.  Initially, I was very optimistic.  I even had a whole day without the pain!  What I will say is that the hip pain overall has been better.  I don’t have the amount of intense hip pain when running.  Some days, I can feel the ache, but don’t have a lot of hip pain.  This is encouraging.

Foot pain, on the other hand, has long been an issue.  I’ve been paying more attention to this, since some days I can barely walk.  We have long considered this pain to be of the plantar fasciitis variety.  To date, this seems to be the most likely, although there are parts of this pain that don’t fit the profile.  I seem to have more problems in the winter when it’s colder. The high heels seem to help, sort of. I stretch every few hours during the day, etc etc.  This is not a constant pain, but has been sporadic for at least the last 5 years. 

Unlike typical plantar fasciitis, this pain *does not* go away after getting up and walking around a bit.  This can be a near constant, throbbing pain, regardless of whether I’m sitting down or standing up.  And, there are times when heel cushions in my shoes *do* help.  While I can press on the middle of the bottom of the heel and have sharper pain some of the time, what gets me the pain of the back of the heel.  Massage and compression alternately feel painful and good, but massage of the back of the heel can relieve some of the throbbing on occasion.  Basically, that whole area is bad.

What nearly brought me to knees, literally, on Tuesday was the pain in my leg.  While in many regards, this feels like run-of-the-mill shin splints, the sharp, shooting nerve kind of pain in the leg nearly rendered me non-weight bearing several times during my run.  I took it easier; I didn’t run as hard or as fast, and did more walking, which was still painful, but bearable.  I wrapped and elevated until evening, when the throbbing and shooting pain was too much, and I took some ibuprofen.  Twice.  This allowed me to sleep, and the pain in my leg and feet was not as bad.  Normally, I wake up and before getting out of bed, the feet are throbbing. I do several minutes of feet stretches in bed, knowing it’s going to bite when I put my feet on the floor.

I’m keeping my eye on this.  My debate is whether to exercise at all tomorrow, or, given another snow day, to just keep my feet up and knit.  I am leaning towards knitting. 😀 At the very least, I’ll just walk unless things feel really good, and I’ll wrap and wear my ankle brace.  I am not ruling out an issue with my Achilles tendon. In many ways, given the leg pain, this seems to be something that could be likely in the heel, if not the calf, since my pain is more the front of the leg.  If an issue with my Achilles tendon is the problem, the help (wearing heels) for plantar fasciitis is contraindicated, so what to do with that?

In the back of my mind, since I have had the feet pain for so many years, I have to wonder if it’s related to the whole body issue, and is a symptom of that?

I don’t know about you, but I am sick of pain!  When you have issues with pain, it is hard not to have it consume you.  Pain is physically and emotionally draining, to say the least.  Maybe I don’t need a painometer – maybe I just need consistent relief!  I had really hoped the heavy-duty anti-inflammatory I am taking now would have helped something. 

If anyone reading has experience with this kind of pain, feel free to share!

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