Sunday, September 27, 2009

Varied moods: MRI results and NRT 50k preparations and fun!

Tunnels, like this one on the New River Trail are scary and dark and cold, yet light is at the end...


I had a follow up appt with my doctor on Thursday morning to get the results of the 2 MRIs taken on Monday. First let me say, if am ever a doctor (Not!) I vow not to make my patients wait 1.5 hours past their appointment times to see them if I am not dealing with a crisis! And I vow to be ready for my patient instead of spending 20 minutes to load MRI’s and look for radiologist reports. And I vow not to mislead my patient by exaggerating my skills as a professional.

OK. So there, now I have vented about my frustrating day on Thursday. My appointment was not very informative. There is ample swelling around and on top of my ankle. That is all doctor could tell me. Apparently nothing showed on the tibial MRI. Doctor suggested more rest. I said fine but I wanted to know what else I could do-after all, what was the real problem? I’d been “resting” for 2 months, and after the 1st 3 weeks of loss of swelling and increased range of motion-there have been no improvements-what could we do that was more aggressive? We had a discussion-emotional for me and I think I tried doctor’s patience with some of my questions I had prepared.

Anyway, I am going to Morganton, NC 10/1 to see a Foot/Ankle specialist who comes highly recommended by a marathon runner friend of mine…If I have to stop running at least I want to know WHY!

During the last several weeks I’ve spent many hours on the New River Trail-re measuring and looking to get more exact than last year about distance. I am darn sure that this year the measurement is accurate within 1/20th of a mile.
New River Trail State Park advertises 5.5 miles from Fries Junction to Fries. My measuring says 5.33 miles

We have 114 folks registered right now. Yippeee! An age mix from 20’s to 70’s…

Today I’ll be spending more time working on aid station stuff. Last year we had way too much food and drink-thankfully I have notes about what was not used and will make adjustments to this years plan based on what was used last year.

Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of running (maybe not smart due to my foot issue, yet fun) on the New River Trail with 3 other women from Jefferson and West Jefferson, NC. Carrie, Julie and Meredith are all training for the Outer Banks Marathon on 11/8/09. I joined them with the intention of running with them to Fries Junction, setting a piece of flagging tape for the Park Service for NRT 50k course measurement and returning directly to my car. Instead, we ran together-I did my “errand” on the short out ‘n back and caught up with the others as they turned around just south of the Gambetta road crossing. Carrie who has run several marathons and with whom I sometimes train with, picked up the pace some as we ran back just the 2 of us. What a great time!
Me, Carrie,Julie and Meredith at 7:30am in the rain getting ready to run on the
New River Trail out of Fries, VA

My foot felt okay-I know it is not right-still swollen even after icing it for 45 minutes-yet those 18 miles were fabulous! The rest of my body is hurting somewhat ‘cause I am very much out of running shape.
End of run...Congrat's to Julie for her longest run ever!


My Mountain Masochists drying out after their first run over 5 miles. (I got them a few weeks ago...new women's color for 2010...I wear men's 9 usually-yet these women's 10.5 feel terrific too!)

Thank you to Carrie, Julie and Meredith for your fine company-and congratulations to Julie for running her longest distance ever!

4 comments:

Rick Gray said...

Sounds like a great run for all of you ladies. Annette, beautiful picture of the tunnel. Looking foward to being able to run through it soon. Your race is already perfect and you keep trying to make it better. Thank you. I hate that you learned almost nothing from your MRI. I know that is so dissapointing for you, but keep at it. There is a female doc in the ortho group that I go to here in Johnson City. She is a foot and ankle specialist. They are good. If you need any info just let me know. Rick

Michael at 45 said...

Annette

I would recommend that you come to Greenville, SC and see Dr. Cassas at Steadman-Hawkins, he is a foot/ankle specialist and he was great when I went to visit him for Achilles Tendinitis.

http://www.steadmanhawkinscc.com/physicianCassas.asp

Good Luck

Mike

Michael at 45 said...

Annette

I would recommend that you come to Greenville, SC and see Dr. Cassas at Steadman-Hawkins, he is a foot/ankle specialist and he was great when I went to visit him for Achilles Tendinitis.

http://www.steadmanhawkinscc.com/physicianCassas.asp

Good Luck

Mike

Chuck Taylor said...

hello all!
I ran the first New River 08. Not only the run, but the ride over from Chapel Hill NC was a slice of America. My NR run in 08 was respite from the hospice care end of life care my husband and I gave to my German Shepherd Girl Coda. Ulta running heal and feels. I got so much support for my emotional state from others. At the NR 08, I was still was recovering as well emotionally from an ultra experience with hyopnatremia in a run partner. URs do not leave another downed. At NR in 08 I ran so fast for 16 then slowed to a respectable ulta pace. My ulta fitness allowed me to carry my beloved German Shepherd during her paraplegia. My grief/ligaments are better now. Sorry I missed 2009. Hope to see you all in 2010. Running on, forever, Bea