3360 total / 709 in 2014

Get these legs healed up, get back to running, and then think once again about triathlons...

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  1. It's funny, now that I'm not running for a little while, I find we have too many groceries in the house. The bread is going mouldy, the leftovers are Petri dishes, the bananas are black, ... read more

  2. FIT
    alright First day's Physio 01:00

    An hour of straining against the cramped up and swollen leg muscles to try to improve the range of motion. Physiotherapist: "Do you have a foam roller?" Me (rolling eyes): "Argh.&quo... read more

    • John K.
      John K.

      Sorry Pierre, but foam rollers (and 'the stick') are the best :) After my 50 miler earlier this year, I'd say the foam roller is what got me running again the very next day. That and barefoot running.

      9 days ago Like1 person

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    • Pierre M.
      Pierre M.

      John, my knee has prevented me from running hard enough to ever feel I was very tired or sore except after running the marathons, and I had no plans to do anything the next day after running a marathon anyhow LOL. But will fiddle with the thing anyway, I'm open minded. Thanks for the suggestions!

      8 days ago Like

    • Brian O.
      Brian O.

      Welcome to the foam rolling crowd! I still don't comprehend how rolling my quad helps my knee, but hey, it seems to be helping a bit. It can be pretty painful when you are rolling and find a "tight" spot!

      8 days ago Like1 person

  3. walk
    alright to and from the Angus Glen 1.5 km

    Distance is a guess based on number of steps. Speed was excruciatingly slow, I used a cane. From car in the farthest lot to starting line, back to car, back to starting line, back to car. Cindy ran... read more

    • Spence D.
      Spence D.

      Hey Pierre, as we get older our bodies tend to start to wear out! Our role starts to change from competitor to adviser/coach. We don,t always have control of our bodies,but we have a great deal of control over our wisdom and advise we dispense. Good One!

      13 days ago Like2 people

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    • Henro F.
      Henro F.

      Hey Pierre! Congrats to Cindy (even though I am not sure if i know who Cindy is :D). I read about your knee and I am not happy to hear that. Hope it will get better. I know it is hard and not sure if running will be an option (you may wanna look at alter g treadmills) but dont give up on triathlons yet. I am pretty sure you will be able to swim and possibly ride a bike in a few months. Some events have swim/bike option, or maybe relay?

      11 days ago Like1 person

    • Pierre M.
      Pierre M.

      Hey Henro, C. is my wife, she agreed to do the 3 miler in my place when I found I could not do the 5 miler myself due to surgery! She had problems due to meds and gained weight, and has been TM jogging to try to get it off. I'm hoping to be "jogging" or grass running again soon, the sooner the better, and see where I can go from there!

      11 days ago Like

  4. FIT
    alright getting easier 15:00

    The swelling is going down a bit on the leg so the exercises were a little easier. (Or maybe I'm getting inured to the pain, hard to say). This morning the side of my leg was blown up like a b... read more

    • Menno G.

      This must demand a lot of mental strength. Kudos for your pulling through Pierre!

      15 days ago Like1 person

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    • Robert G.
      Robert G.

      I hope things are slowly improving for you Pierre. It’s only been a week so I’m sure there is still a lot of pain and swelling. Take it easy.

      13 days ago Like1 person

    • Pierre M.
      Pierre M.

      Thanks, Robert! I had to take the day off work today, I was too sick. But things are slowly looking up as I focus on getting the swelling down and doing the exercises.

      13 days ago Like

  5. FIT
    injured ridiculously easy exercises 06:00

    Thursday - still felt OK with the local anaesthetic, did the prescribed exercises and found them easy. That night the anaesthetic wore off and I could barely get out of bed in the morning.
    Friday... read more

    • Sheldon W.
      Sheldon W.

      Night Pierre. I hope that that knee keeps improving. Keep up the hard work! Best of luck tomorrow!

      17 days ago Like1 person

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    • Karin F.
      Karin F.

      So sorry to read that, Pierre. As someone who has suffered from chronic knee issues in the past, I understand your pain, but also know that there are solutions...

      16 days ago Like1 person

    • Pierre M.
      Pierre M.

      Thanks, Menno and Sam and Karin! I bought the Joint Ease stuff, Karin, and will be using it soon. Right now I'm just recovering from the surgery. The main problem has been that a couple of muscles were in spasm for the past few days and won't let go. I think they are easing up at last, but it was a long one.

      16 days ago Like1 person

  6. Sorry to announce I'll have to try to take a few days off from here as it's turning out to be a problem to keep up while recovering. I may still snoop on your posts but will restrain myse... read more

  7. Well, I'm out of surgery and home. Bad news, basically.The knee is pretty much beyond repair, with no cartilage left and a bone-to-bone contact, and he patched it a bit and said I have a 50 pe... read more

    • Deirdre G.
      Deirdre G.

      Well glad the surgery happened but unhappy to read your bad news....reading up is good idea. Rest up now today and start your recovery :)

      21 days ago Like1 person

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    • Pierre M.
      Pierre M.

      Alexandra, there are several procedures that work if you have a damaged cartilage, but apparently none can be used for "osteoarthriic degeneration". There are some new procedures being explored in Taiwan for instance, which are promising, however.

      19 days ago Like

    • Pranada D.
      Pranada D.

      Well, boo. I'm sorry you didn't get better news. hope the recovery goes well and you can find a therapy that helps you keep running happy and healthy!

      16 days ago Like1 person

  8. FIT
    good warmup 00:10:00

    Just some quick weights and floor exercises. Off to the hospital! I was practicing the crutches around the house so I'll know what to do.

  9. RUN
    good Last run for a little while, ... 8 km 00:45 09:03 pace

    It occurs to me that I could actually squeeze in another run before the operation tomorrow morning but I think it might make things swell up, which might not be so good. So this is the last run for... read more

  10. RUN
    good day 54 on grass 8.64 km 00:52 09:41 pace

    Next to last day of grass running before the surgery. I was half tempted to go for a nice 10K road run for a change, seeing that I won't get to run on the road again for a while, but decided t... read more

  11. RUN
    good Rainy run day 53 7.42 km 00:44 09:32 pace

    Woke up in a deep funk and dragged myself by sheer willpower out into the gloomy, warm rain. This was a deep-thought run with nobody at all (just some crows and a drowned looking squirrel) to distr... read more

  12. RUN
    good again into the breach #52 8 km 00:47 09:27 pace

    The leg was opposed to the plan but I went anyway. Saw a few dog walkers, including the Asian guy who was once more reading his iPad while his collie hauled him along. An old guy I haven't see... read more

  13. My next exercise routine! (just kidding)

  14. walk
    good checking out the pool and stuff 5 km

    Walked over to the new community centre to check out the library (not bad for a small library), pool (I have gotta try this out, not crowded), and indoor track (not banked? Why not? Looks like abou... read more

  15. RUN
    good warmup 1.6 km 00:12:00 12:04 pace

    Around and around and around on the small shady grass patch to warm up for the Kee Bala 5k.

  16. RUN
    good Kee Bala 5k 5 km 00:24 07:47 pace

    I thought I was faster than that, but am coming to accept the limitations of not being able to speed train until the knee is fixed, which happens next week. This rinky dink little race, which was w... read more

    • Deirdre G.
      Deirdre G.

      Wow that is still a good pace ! Delighted to read knee will be fixed next week - which day and what kind of recovery plan is there??

      26 days ago Like1 person

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    • Pierre M.
      Pierre M.

      ROFL Brian!

      26 days ago Like

    • Pierre M.
      Pierre M.

      I'm listed as "Pierre Mittok" and was 10th male and 17th overall from 172 participants. The fastest runners were just over 19 minutes. Would I run this again? Probably not. Too far, nothing else to do up there (they should have routed it through the scenic attractions instead of the effing highway) and nothing special about it that I noticed. Friendly little race though.

      26 days ago Like

  17. RUN
    good Slow and grassy day 50 6.5 km 00:42 10:23 pace

    A cool morning, 14C, sunny, light winds. I was feeling weak and crummy because of eating something that disagreed with me which sent me to the bathroom a number of times last night. However I dragg... read more

  18. RUN
    good day 49 in the grass 8 km 00:47 09:27 pace

    A nice cool morning (18C) sunny, hardly a breath of wind, lots of dew and puddles from the rain last night. I had a serious struggle to get myself out there, I was bored to death with it, but I wen... read more

    • Patty S.
      Patty S.

      lol at the animated wig. I saw a lady with 3 dogs that were kitten sized, I thought they looked like rats.

      29 days ago Like1 person

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    • John K.
      John K.

      Do you reverse the loop once in a while, or anything else to relieve the boredom? :) Keep up the good work - getting out there every day is not easy!

      28 days ago Like

    • Pierre M.
      Pierre M.

      Thanks everyone! :) ... John, I go CW one day and CCW the next, plus do some side loops to round up my distance! But yeah, it's not easy... it's worth it though, legs are shaping up well.

      28 days ago Like

  19. FIT
    good Just the minimum 00:15:00

    Just some weights and floor exercises and hoops to keep from falling apart too badly...

  20. RUN
    alright again the grass, day 48 6.5 km 00:41 10:09 pace

    Another humid morning, overcast (though the sun shone at first), 21C (humidex 27), it felt hotter than that, day 48 if you count yesterday. I was very slow today because the knee was in poor shape ... read more