Skip to main content

One Step Forward - A Few Steps Back

2015 is proving to be a weird and wonderful year so far.  

The week before Christmas, I managed to jam my right pointer finger, damaging the tendons.  The condition is call Mallet Finger.  Look it up if you are interested.  

The treatment for Mallet Finger includes mobilizing the affected joint for 8 weeks.  

If you haven't realized how important your fingers are, try wearing this for 8 weeks.  It makes typing, opening boxes, turning keys in locks and using your iPhone a little more difficult than usual.  

The good thing is it is was not painful.

After wearing this for a few weeks, a running buddy was kind enough to knit me a finger warmer.  Because the splint is made from plastic, it made my finger quite cold.  

The finger cozy got more attention then the splint did so I had to limit its use to running outside.

As time went by, I started to have fun with the splint after a friend mentioned it looked like a hat.

Two weeks ago, I was given the OK to start taking the splint off for 1 hour per day and build up to 4 hours a day in 4 weeks.  I am up to 3 hours per day.  I have also been given physio exercises to help get the joint moving again.  

Silly me.  I thought I would take the splint off and my finger would be good as new.  

Nope, not the case.  The joint is very stiff and may never fully recover.  Basic function has returned so I am happy with that.  

In other news, I discovered I have extremely low iron (ferritin) levels.  This was confirmed after a pretty horrible feeling January and February.  I would wake up as if I had never slept, my workouts were very fatiguing and getting out of bed some mornings was challenging.  I had entered a few trail races and a half marathon.  I completed them all but was VERY discouraged about my performance and how I felt during.  After completing the First Half Marathon on February 15 in my slowest times ever feeling like I had no more to give, I decided to go and get checked out.  I was pretty sure something serious was wrong.  

Good news was that it was just low iron.  I am almost two weeks into taking an iron supplement daily.  I'll be taking this for 3 more months and have my iron retested.  Might just be a placebo effect but I am starting to feel better in my daily life.  My workouts are still laboured but I am feeling stronger.   

And to top it all off, I had a 'suspicious' mole removed from my leg requiring 2 stitches.  It came back benign but it prevented my from swimming for the last week.  Probably a good time to take the time off anyway.  

Well, that is all for my aches and pains report.  

My focus:
St. George 70.3 - 8 weeks away
Challenge Roth - 18 weeks away
Challenge Penticton - 25 weeks away

Happy Training!


Popular posts from this blog

April Fools 1/2 Marathon Plus 15km cool down

After my minor breakdown at work on Friday, I set off on Saturday for Sechelt.  I have run the April Fool's Half Marathon two times and this was my third time.  It never fails to be hilly and hard.   Sunday morning I started off at in Gibsons ready to run to Mission Point Park.  I took it very conservatively knowing that I would be adding another 15kms on at the end of the 'race'.   I crossed the finish line, collected my medal, filled my water bottles, ate a  piece of bagel and a bite of banana and kept running west.   I do not recommend running your longest run before a marathon in Sechelt if you are not used to hills.  That place is full of 12-15% grades both up and down. At the end of the day, I ran from 9:17am - 2pm with a few quick breaks to refill bottles, eat gels and take few rocks out of my shoes.   After a shower and some real food, I was back on the ferry to North Vancouver.  Reward:  White Spot Legendary Burger combo with cheese and a Coke.  

Who is the April Fool for Running this Far?

With only two more long long runs before my marathon taper, I set out on a 34km adventure around Vancouver.  I had great company and I felt pretty good.  The hills in Vancouver won but I think it will be good training for next week's longest run and ultimately the marathon. Locarno Beach looking west Locarno Beach looking east