June 29th, 2013

This is me in my normal life!

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  1. loumar747 on July 7, 2013 10:42 am

    Looking pretty darn good. Obviously you’re a great runner - natural runner’s body and, as you’re checking your watch, you’re a serious one too! My PT told me that once a ruptured tendon has healed it will be stronger than it was before so don’t despair, you’ll be churning up the track again!

  2. lodinpdx on July 7, 2013 11:49 am

    Thanks. That was me right before I did this to myself. I was not really sure if it posted as I can not figure all of this out. :)

    I have been told the Achilles heals stronger - hard to imagine now but I will try to believe that!

  3. eldonw on July 7, 2013 2:47 pm

    I’m curious to read how you ruptured it running. I had been taking comfort thinking that if I avoided acceleration sports I would not rupture my other AT in the future.

  4. lodinpdx on July 7, 2013 4:55 pm

    Well eldonw that is a very good question! I asked my dr that very question and he gave me the one thing fired this way while that went that way blah blah blah!

    Here is what I think. I had recently trained for and ran a fast half marathon (in the picture). This takes a lot out of you when you are 45 years old! While training I had tweaked my LEFT hip. This is an old thing - my left hip/IT/knee used to be my “Achilles tendon”. While training I had been hitting times in shorter intervals then I had in many years so I wanted to run in a 5000 meter race on the track. I was very strong, had a good base and figured I just had to work on SPEED.

    SO just 3 1/2 weeks post half marathon, and after a few speedy workouts, I ran a 3000 meter race to get ready for the 5000 - logical right?! I was wearing a flat pair of racing flats - flatter then I had worn. I was running within my self but still faster over such a distance than I had in a LONG while. I thought I had run smart as I stuck to my pace, was going to beat my goal time by 3-4 seconds but in the last 100 meters as I made an attempt to “kick” my Achilles just snapped! I guess there is your acceleration - but honestly in recent years I do not have much acceleration left in my kick.

    One of the hardest things for me about this injury is that I was doing what I always do. I was not doing anything out of the ordinary. I had no warning signs. It was a little cold, my shoes a little flatter then normal, I was sustaining a faster pace then I had in a long time but really I just do not know what happened! It makes me fearful for doing it again. I am a long ways off from racing at that level and honestly I may just have to be OK with never getting that fast again. People keep saying I’ll be back but I am just not so sure.

  5. kellygirl on July 7, 2013 6:25 pm

    Interesting, Lodinpdx, about the racing shoes. I was wearing Cons while skateboarding and I wonder if that flat shoe contributed to my injury. I still think about it and wonder if the outcome would have been the same if I was wearing more supportive shoes. Oh wells!

  6. kellygirl on July 7, 2013 6:26 pm

    Great photo by the way. It’s always nice to “see” who I’m talking to :) Love the back drop.

  7. lodinpdx on July 7, 2013 7:11 pm

    Thanks Kelly - I know good to know who we all are! I definitely wonder about the shoes. BUT - that said 0 drop is all the rage lately in running and I do run in some low profile shoes as well just a little bit of barefoot running when the weather gets nice. I just run up to a mile around a flat very well tended soccer field. My racing flats as well as your converse are not only flat they are kind of stiff so they do not allow enough natural flex. So yes indeed I have wondered many times about the shoes. That was the one and only time I wore that particular pair - and have since given them away as I think they were the devil shoes. WHO knows - that is the problem we NEVER will know why it happened!!

  8. eldonw on July 7, 2013 8:29 pm

    I’m a Saucony guy and they lowered the rise in my shoe last year but it was only a cm or two so I probably can’t blame that. I just waited too long to start training for last years’s half and then increased the mileage too fast in my condensed training schedule. That is what caused my heel pain. I’ve run 5 halfs but I’m not as young as I used to be so I need to take training more serious these days.

    However, there could be something to this shoe thing. I was wearing a very old pair of cleats playing softball. Will definitely be getting some new ones before I play again. As u said, those were cursed.

    I could see your speed work as acceleration. It certainly changes the dynamic of distance running. I added intervals the year I recorded my personal best and I’m sure that was a factor.

  9. lodinpdx on July 7, 2013 11:42 pm

    eldonw - Lower profile shoes are big right now and I think in general that is a good thing! I swear by Nike Free but I eased into them. AND yes always wise to follow a training PLAN when trying to run a half. Probably the most important part is the long buildup - you need base before anything else! :) BUT - intervals are not a bad thing they are GOOD when training for a PR. Over the last few years I had concentrated on bulk intervals at “threshold” pace which is excellent for half and full marathon training. SO - when you get back to running don’t shy away from intervals!! You are still young and many PR’s in your future! Just get rid of that other sport! :) (Just kidding - just get rid of the old cleats!)

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