A Couple Days Early – RunLog 5/31/14

Yeah, I know – the Chiro told me not to run until I see him again on Monday.

Guess what – I didn’t listen 😉

Strava Pace-Elevation Chart 5-31-14

What else is new!

I followed directions better than usual (I made it from Tuesday until this morning), but since I started really focusing (in other words, beating the hell out of both legs), doing eccentric exercises on Thursday – my left hamstring has felt amazingly better. Even my right leg is feeling a big difference.

This morning I was doing a 3.0 mile walk with Bennie and I got the phone call to go pick up the lawn mower that I dropped off to be fixed yesterday, at 10:30 and he said that he closed at noon.

Which meant that I had to haul ass to get home – load-up the other lawn mower (which is leaking gasoline like a sieve), find Mary on her running route and drive up to Fairfield.

In order to get all that done and still get 1/2 hour drive and a half hour dog walk home, that I had to run from The Bog to home with Bennie. Now that was only a 1.5 miles, but it was an adventure, Bennie is not a good running companion, but he LOVES to run. Continue reading “A Couple Days Early – RunLog 5/31/14”

My Rehab Routine

Using the massage doohickey on my leg
Using the massage doohickey on my leg

Since I changed the name of my blog to Ramshackle Runnah, it has given me more of an impetus to really clean-up the mess that my legs have become.

It is also me admitting that I have made a mess of my legs and that I really am starting to be an old fart with a LOT of miles on my body. Who finally has to face the fact and actually accept, that if I want to keep running and do it relatively pain-free, I have to change things. Get real Harold – you have to change a lot of things, especially when it comes to injury management and rehab.

Changing my blog’s name was also a public acknowledgement, with more than a touch of humiliation of how far I had let myself go and how injury-prone I have become.

I am making progress and over the past few weeks I have been very diligent about doing my mobilization, stretching and strengthening exercises.

Let’s get the disclaimer crap out-of-the-way.

I am not a medical professional and what works for me probably will not work for you. If you have a medical condition or injury that you do not feel comfortable treating yourself, you should always see a medical professional for your actual treatment options. I am providing this information as part of my running journey, to share my ongoing efforts to clean-up the mess my running has become due the years of not rehabbing my multiple injuries appropriately (both running and non-running related). Continue reading “My Rehab Routine”

On The Shelf Until Next Monday

IMG_20140523_094648_138I went to my Chiropractor today and while he understands runners and our “need” to run – he just happens to be married to one.

However, based on everything that I told him, along what he did and noticed during our 1/2 hour pain-filled and teeth gnawing extravaganza this morning, I am on the shelf until at least next Monday.

Wah, Wah, Wah, I can either piss, moan, groan about not running for the next week or I can suck it up, do what I need to do to keep rehabbing my hamstring and other parts of my legs that need the work.

Knowing me, I will be whining by the end of the week about how much not running sucks and how much I just want to go for a run.

Yeah I know me pretty well, but at the same time, I also know that I will bust my ass to do this rehab correctly, because I do want to run sooner, rather than later, with a repeat performance happening within the next couple of months.

In other words, I will trust that Dr. Lawton’s judgement about what I need to allow my body to heal, is better than my own – after all that is why I am paying him as a medical professional and my track record is less than stellar. 🙂

That and the fact, that I know that I have to clean my act up and do it right this time. Continue reading “On The Shelf Until Next Monday”

Rail Trail Run Shop – Just Hanging Around

I was going to write this last night, but I was more than a little frustrated with how my hamstring is not responding – the way that I want it to and got caught up killing Orcs while playing NeverWinter Nights2 :-).

While I feel better and more positive this morning, I am still frustrated with lack of progress I am having, but hey it is what it is and I have to keep moving forward. A little later, I will be seeing the Chiro, so hopefully I will be more positive after seeing him.

Rail Trail Run Shop

Yesterday, the Rail Trail Run Shop was having a Memorial Day sale, after the Miles for Mills 5K and the local Skechers Performance Division rep (Seth) was going to be there with a bunch of demo shoes. Since the Skechers GoRun line has worked well for me for the most part and I am running again in the GoRun Ride 2’s (when I am running). I wanted to try on a couple of styles that I haven’t had a chance to yet.


I left my credit card at home, purposely. So I would not buy any new shoes (I know, but when the deal was 26.2% off for in stock and 20% off for special orders), I know that I would have been tempted and while TheWife is usually patient with my running shoe addiction, she also knows that right now I am not putting very many miles on the ones I have – due to my hamstring, so her patience might wear a little thin – if I came home with yet another pair.

The old saying a happy wife is a happy life applies here ;-). Continue reading “Rail Trail Run Shop – Just Hanging Around”

Frustration Level At 9/10

Whine Alert!!!




This trying to stay positive crap is just that crap, even when I know that I have to be.

It keeps getting harder and harder, when all you want to do is run and you can’t.

I haven’t run since last Thursday, then today I jogged around the parking lot at the Rail Trail Run Shop to check out a couple of different kind of Skechers to (more about a little later in a different post)

My hamstring didn’t feel too bad, so when I got back to the house, I decided to go for an easy run. The plan was to do a: Continue reading “Frustration Level At 9/10”

Where Do I Go From Here – Goals for the Rest of 2014

Bennie Looking at my rehab tools
Bennie Looking at my rehab tools

I am still in the rehab process for my hamstring injury, I have a feeling that if I am realistic, not pessimistic or optimistic, I am still 2-3 weeks away from actually running mostly pain-free from my current injury. 

Something I read recently said it can take 21 to 72 days to properly heal a hamstring injury, I guess I got the 72 day variety.

I am not going to start training for anything until July, even though I will be running before then. Why not? 

I know that I am loosing conditioning with the sporadic amount of running I have done all of May and I need to re-build my base during June, to get my confidence back, so that I can do the things I expect from my body while in a training plan.

While this is frustrating as all hell for me, actually it F*&%$*g sucks, because the weather has been just about perfect for running around here. However, I gotta stay positive and this injury time has given me yet another chance to re-invent myself as a runner or at least to look at the things I need to do.

Especially, if I want to run with less pain and a more efficient gait, which I hope will result in drum roll please — less pain.

Yeah, I am kind of centered around pain, for now. No, not the severe, oh I can’t stand it kind of pain that gets all the headlines, instead it is that persistent pain in the ass stuff that never really goes away and is there, especially when I run or if I step wrong.

The kind of low-level pain you can run through and do most other things, but sticks around and says “hello” like a meddlesome, nosy neighbor, comes around when you least expect or want the interruption.

Like that kind of neighbor, I just want it to go away. Continue reading “Where Do I Go From Here – Goals for the Rest of 2014”

Sore and Thinking – RunLog 5/22/14

The day after my appointment with the Chiropractor, I was sore.

I expected to be, when you are first seen by any medical professional and they are attempting to diagnose/figure out what is going on with your body it is part of the deal, but it is the first time that I felt like my legs had gone 10 rounds with a grizzly bear. He worked me over pretty hard and definitely used hands-on diagnostic methods to figure out what was going on.

I will say this of all the initial exams, I have had – none have been more complete or intense. He twisted me this way and that way, checked my leg strength, watched my walking gait enough that he saw the real one, not the one we do for a couple of passes and most of all he listened/watched and felt what my body was saying and doing, instead of making snap diagnosis based on what he thought he should be seeing, (had that happen too many times in the past).

What impact did this exam had on my run yesterday?

Here is the link to my Strava summary. Continue reading “Sore and Thinking – RunLog 5/22/14”

Seeing the Chiropractor Today – 5/20/14

I went to see the Chiropractor today and learned a few new things, had things confirmed and got to grit my teeth a lot.

What was confirmed?

  • Lots of scar tissue throughout my legs (yep – this one I knew).
  • Lack of flexibility in the hip and ankles.
  • Left Achilles not where it is supposed to be
  • Hamstrings tight, calves tight

What was learned?

Left Hamstring – Yes, it hurts and he did some serious work on it. Continue reading “Seeing the Chiropractor Today – 5/20/14”

First Run in Schechers GoRun Ride 2s – Number 3

Yeah – another first run in new running shoes, what else is new Harold?

Skechers GoRun Ride 3
Skechers GoRun Ride 3

What is new is that this time, this pair is number three of the same brand/style – the Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s. I explained my reasons for going back to the GRR2’s here and you know something…

I had forgotten how comfortable they are for me to run in.

They just work for me. Continue reading “First Run in Schechers GoRun Ride 2s – Number 3”

Going Back to What Works

I got in another pair of Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s yesterday and plan on them becoming my primary running shoes.

Skechers GoRun Ride 3 -- 5/16/14
Skechers GoRun Ride 3 — 5/16/14

Over the past month and a half, I have been doing the running shoe shuffle, with varying degrees of success. All the shoes have had their positives or negative features and well…to be honest none of the are the complete answer to what I am looking for in my primary running shoes and those will either find different uses or homes, so I don’t keep trying to wear them. Continue reading “Going Back to What Works”