Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Confessions of a Non-Compliant Patient

Tomorrow will be two weeks since I sprained my foot.  I told myself that I would not run until it didn't hurt anymore.  I told myself I would cross train, and otherwise follow the advice I give patients every day to rest and let the injury heal.

Well, that lasted for about a day.  With the cool mornings we had last week, I couldn't help myself.  I did go out and run between 3-6 miles nearly every day.  Fortunately, each day my foot felt a little better.  It still hurts at times, but by and large, I think it is pretty much healed.  Good thing, too, because I don't think I could have tolerated myself as a patient much longer!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A "Streaker" in Clinic

Yesterday in clinic I saw a streaker.  Before you ask, "how did you get security to remove the naked man running around the office?" I should clarify.  In running circles, a "streaker" is someone who has run at least one mile every single day for so many consecutive days in a row.  To be considered a real streaker, one must generally do this every day for at least a year.

A 66 year old man came in and saw me yesterday who started running when he was 11 years old, and says that he has logged every single run since.  His running was interrupted 25 years ago when he broke his ankle, but he has run every day since.  He says that his original goal was to run 25,000 miles, basically once around the world.  He eclipsed that a long time ago, and is now nearing 100,000 lifetime miles!!  He runs 2.5 miles every day.  To put this in perspective, I've run 50 marathons and probably have 15,000-20,000 lifetime miles in.

This individual was incredibly fit, with a pulse so low that an ER doctor would probably want to admit him to the hospital for observation.  He came to see me because his big toes have been bothering him some, and he wanted to be sure he could continue to run towards his goal.  After an exam and X-rays, I declared him fit to continue running and asked that he drop me a line when he reaches his goal.  Amazing.....

Friday, July 18, 2014

Harvest Moon Hustle SOLD OUT!

The BRIN Harvest Moon Hustle sold out in just over two weeks.  If you missed your chance to register for this event, check back on this blog and the NOASM Facebook page for your chance to win a free registration!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Physician, Heal Thyself

I've often said that the worst patients are doctors and farmers.  Each works too hard, won't take time off, and thinks they know everything.

As it turns out, I am no exception.  I see people all the time with injuries, both of the acute and over-use variety, and the prescription always includes rest.

Last Thursday, while playing very un-competitive doubles tennis, I injured my foot.  I really didn't think much of it at the time, but the next morning I could hardly put weight on it.  What had I done?  These things happen to other people, not to me!  I can't rest, I need to train!

I reluctantly took a day off of training.  I had X-rays taken of my foot and confirmed that I hadn't broken anything.  I had a bad strain of my abductor hallucis muscle, a muscle on the inside part of the  foot.  It causes pain each time my heel comes off the ground and the front part of my foot is pushing off during the gait cycle.  I had hoped it would be better already, but it still hurts and I can't run on it.  Well, I probably could but I know that I would just prolong the healing.

Until I can walk without it hurting, I know I can't run.  So if you see a very depressed guy pedaling his bicycle over the next couple of weeks, waiting for his foot to heal, it might be me, taking some of my own medicine.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

So, what's next?

As I near the finish of my 50 state quest, one of the questions I get asked a lot is "what will you do next?"

The answer?  One word.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Harvest Moon Hustle

Registration is open for the Harvest Moon Hustle, the next race on the BRIN schedule.

This race will sell out fast!