Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Running Doctor

The Running Doctor. On february 5th I did my last workout and after I had to stop the activity for the injury inside the knee. Suddendly I did the magnetic resonance imaging to show to a specialist: the head of the orthopedic department of the local hospital. After the visit he did to me 4 shots of hyaluronic acid (weekly). The “sentence” is always the same: you can come back to run but slowly and for short distances because the knee is damaged. In fact, after the 2 operations on my broken leg, I have run too many miles, too many races and, in recent times, too “fast” mainly when I ran with the group. Now the doctor and I are good friends and, what a surprise, while eating together in a beautiful restaurant on the sea he decided to run with me twice a week during the lunch break. He doesn’t run anymore since 2010 and he said that this is the right occasion to start again. I am really happy because it is a pleasure to do the workouts with him and because in this way he can check step by step my knee.

Training. Carefully I tried to run and I kept on swimming. And this is what I did in the last period: 13 7.6 km running; 14 2000 mt swimming; 16 2100 mt swimming; 18 2100 mt swimming; 19 6.8 km running; 21 2100 mt swimming and today 8.8 km running pain free at the slow pace of 6'09"/km (9'54"/ml).

Here are 2 pictures from Cardiff again. The B.K. is with the scarf of Italia (click to enlarge).


Happy running, swimming, biking, hiking.

28 comments:

  1. How funny (and cool!) that your running dr is now running with you. I'm really glad you can do SOME running, even if I know it's not as much or as fast as you want. Be well, my friend!!

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  2. Any running is better than no running, right?

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  3. correre con l'ortopedico è roba per pochi eletti, sei troppo avanti! ;))

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  4. what better running buddy?!! here's hoping the knee starts to feel better!

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  5. Glad to know that you can at least run and stay in shape. That's neat you can run with your doctor, at least if you fall or something you are in good hands. Way to go on all of the swimming Scuba Steve! Take care, cheers!

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  6. Running wiht your doctor - what a great idea. Hope your knee holds up.

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  7. Well that is certainly a neat way to run - with your own personal physician at your side! How nice to have a new running partner who will make sure you don't overdo it.

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  8. How perfect to run with your doctor! And do keep up the swimming. You do great distances.

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  9. Hyaluronic acid! The first time I read this a few weeks ago I was shocked....acid? Then I have investigated more and I am amazed that this is a cure, painful, but the benefits so outweigh the pain. I am so pleased for you.

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  10. That's so great that you're running with your doctor. He'll keep you in check and make sure you run nice and slow. Hey, you and I can start a worldwide running movement - slow is the new fast!

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  11. You're easing back into it! Great news! Your doctor sounds great--how many times have you wanted to have an expert with you every step of the way???

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  12. Una buona notizia la si legge sempre con piacere.
    Io dico che se non esagerai puoi ancora correre per almeno 50 anni... certo il rischio che prima o poi quel medico ti batterà lo devi mettere in conto

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  13. Don't let him stop you every step to give advice! Should be helpful to have him there - have him run behind you to see what your legs are doing.

    Nice scarf - almost as good as a Wallabies one ;-)

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  14. Interesting to be able to share not only your knee injury with your doctor now you can include him in the process! So glad to read you've been swimming, that will definitely help strengthen the muscles around your knee and be a benefit to your whole body as well.

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  15. Very convenient to have the doctor run with you that's for sure! Hopefully things continue to improve.

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  16. Look at that! running! this is wonderful. very happy for you.
    tomorrow is my Race for the Cure. I always think of everyone one who went through this battle..not just for breast cancer any cancer and so you are on my list of survivors!

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  17. That's really cool your doctor is going to be running with you! I hope the comeback goes without incident!

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  18. When I use the wet suit it will be in the open water. It is not time for that yet.There are people who use them in the pool (I have heard) but that seems silly. Once it is warmer - I do plan to have some open water swims. But those involve driving a distance and the pool is right here.

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  19. I'll run with you and your doctor as soon as possible.
    Do we have to meet Stella next Wednesday? Please, let me know!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  20. Praise God! I am so glad that you are back to running again and the Black Knight army now has it's own physician :)

    I am sorry I missed your post until now- this is very encouraging!!

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  21. The best running partners are PTs and doctors! You have all that time to talk and they are trapped, so they have to answer your questions :-)

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  22. The Black Knight continues to spread the goodwill of running by being a positive influence on his doctor! I hope your knee improves soon. After your accident, it's a miracle that you're abe to run. Be well.

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  23. Great to hear you can run again Stefano. And you got your doctor running again: that's awesome.

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  24. I am happy to read about your running; it is better than your previous posts when you weren't running at all. Plus, swimming is great for you!

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  25. Way to snag a great running partner! Glad you are running again and still swimming. How do you like swimming? I like it and hope my enthusiasm lasts. Hope your progress continues!

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  26. I hope the HA helps your knee. It helps mine. It just doesn't last forever, unfortunately the damage is permanent.

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  27. Happy to hear you're running! And how fun that you have a new running partner!

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  28. I'm glad you're able to be so active, even if the recovery will be slow. Slow and steady wins the race!

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