Oh yeah, close to a year. Maybe Ill resurrect the blog? I recovered well enough from hip surgery last November to run a 10k this summer in under an hour. Hooray for life goals! Anyways, I managed to demotivate myself with the running again because I knew I had to get the screws removed. That happened two weeks ago and I feel good.
Life is good in general. Got promoted at work, started another Masters and that has been going well. I think its time to get back to this running business. I don’t have a particular race in mind, remember when I did like 35 races in one year? that wont happen again, promise. (maybe)
My journey to diagnosis was a hard one. I mean I first started showing symptoms in January, but they were diagnosed as actual conditions; piriformis syndrome, ITBS, hip bursitis, you name it I have/had everything. But, no matter what I did (including weeks of physical therapy) I would still go right back to suffering. I started by seeing a sports orthopedist in the same office as my PCP, after xrays and many visits, he told me I needed surgery (took about 6 months) and he directed me to another surgeon who does hip athroscopy.
This other surgeon was like, “I think you should go to a colleague of mine who is way better at this time of surgery than I am”. Great, so I booked this other appointment. two MRIs later and a visit to see this surgeon’s PA, I was booked for surgery the 14th of November. The 13th of October, I had my pre-surgery appointment with the surgeon. Apparently, this was the first time this surgeon had seen all my films and he was concerned about my apparent need for surgery that would fix me ‘permanently’. Now this got me all upset since I had had the appointment booked for 2 months and all the arrangements had been made. Even my mom is flying up from Puerto Rico. This surgeon pretty much wanted me to get a second opinion from this super doctor at the Children’s Hospital. Now, how to I get an appointment within the next two weeks for one of the countries leading hip surgeons? Also, if I didn’t get the second opinion, would the doctor actually do the surgery? Answer is no. I was/am still in a pickle.
I did get to see this last surgeon. He confirmed the other doctors suspicions and now he will have to operate on me (the original surgeon doesn’t do the type of surgery I need) (honestly, these guys need to branch out a bit). Anyways, I explained my predicament to the surgeon and he is trying to accommodate me as much as possible. Yep, you heard right, this super surgeon is actually accommodating What a relief. He actually called me earlier this evening, to let me know that hes trying to get my surgery booked for the end of the month. Also, he wants to speak to my mom (WOW!) so that he can explain anything she might to need, and he proceeded to give me his opinion on the strategy he is thinking of taking with the surgery; it seems there are three different things wrong with my hip, but he thinks that I don’t actually need surgery for all of them.
After all the nightmare, its nice to get a healthcare provider that actually cares about the lives of his patients and tries to help out as much as he can.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted on the running blog. Mostly because I’ve stopped running completely. In early August I was informed that I would need hip arthroscopy surgery to fix my now diagnosed hip labral tear.
Although I had some races schedule for September and October, I was determined to finish out the season strong before going on an indefinite hiatus. For over a year I have been battling soft tissue injuries and although surgery isn’t something to look forward to, I relish the opportunity to run at 100% of my abilities. However, one month before my surgery, my surgeon looked at my X-rays more carefully and discovered that I might have something more serious going on in my hip joint.
I am now diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia, meaning that my hip socket does not cover my hip joint completely and causes over-stress and instability in the area. My new surgeon (apparently the old one doesn’t do the one I need) is a Harvard Medical School professor and the founder of the young adult hip unit at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. If this doctor says I need a surgery to prevent an early adulthood hip replacement, I’m going to believe him. Obviously, this surgery isn’t a joke.
While I don’t have a set surgery date (this is very inconvenient because my mom was already traveling to Boston on the 13th to help me with the first surgery) the doctor is trying to make room before the end of the month. The procedure is called a PAO or periacetabular ostectomy. It involves cutting a piece of my pelvic bone and reattaching it ( with screws) over my hip socket to create a better home for my joint. The surgery is very invasive and requires 4 or 5 days in he hospital and 3 months on crutches.
This definitely puts a damper on a lot of things I had planned for the next 6 months and honestly it’s very frightening. I must say that this is not due to running! Developmental hip dysplasia is a result of childhood development issues and could have been fixed with about 6 months of leg braces at age two. (Maybe we should all X-ray our kids while they are young and check for this!)
Why get the surgery now? Well the longer I go without the more time my hip has to develop arthritis and the higher the chance of me needing a hip replacement in the future.
I will be updating you all on my surgery when I have more information and maybe I can answer some questions regarding hip pain and the like for people who worry something might be wrong. I warn you, this blog might not revolve around running for awhile but I promise I’ll try to make my recovery as entertaining as possible :p.
Hope you are all well,
You signed up for a relay and you find yourself being the only van member with previous relay or even racing experience. You haven’t received many emails regarding the race and you feel like planning for the race is long overdue.
I recently found myself in this same situation. Reach the Beach New Hampshire starts tomorrow and I am very excited. When I ran Ragnar Cape Cod, I must admit, I wasn’t very involved in the planning process and I promised myself I would do more for my next stint in relay running and I have.
These are the things you need to think about when planning a relay.
A relay team usually consists of 12 people, or in extreme cases and ultra team of 6. In most cases though, you will need two vans. You and your team need to decide if you want to rent a 12-passenger white van, a mini-van or a 7-passenger SUV. My first relay we went with a teammate’s SUV and it was relatively comfortable. However, there are pros and cons to each vehicle.
12-Passenger Van-These vans are expensive to rent, I mean like $500 per van, crazy right? They offer a lot of space though, enough for 2 team members to sleep lying down. Also, they offer ample storage space in the back. These are usually a staple in relay races and the majority of teams have these vans, though I feel that they are using the others more and more often.
Mini-Van or SUV-These vehicles can rent for a lot less, I actually got a mini-van for a total of $179, divided by 6, that’s only $30 per person. However, these types of vehicles are less spacious than a van meant for 12. Also there is less cargo room. You have to measure the pros and cons of space/smells/stuff versus money and commodity. Keep in mind that 1 team member will always be out on the run, and not much sleeping will be had in the process of your legs, since you will be frantically running from one transition area to another. So there are usually 5 people per van meaning 1 person can lay down on the back row to sleep. I think there is enough room to be had in these vehicles, they are also more fuel efficient and some quality time with your team mates should be something you should look forward too. If infringement on your personally space freaks you out, maybe team relays are not for you.
Most relays require specific gear, headlamps, vests and flashing lights. You need to make sure that every person brings their require gear. Ragnar requires 12 vests, 1 vest per person, while Reach the Beach only requires 2 vests per van. Other than these requirements there are things that each member should bring along. There are van necessities and runner necessities, here is a list of both.
-3 pairs of running clothes
-1 thermal shirt (in case temperatures drop in the night legs)
I personally believe that less is better so I told my van that only one of these should be brought per van, to minimize bulk.
-Foam roller/’The Stick’
-Binder with race handbook, course maps with extra copies for each runner to take on legs. Also you should map out directions from one van transition area to another. Cell signal might get spotty in remote locations and you should ensure you have ways to getting to where you need to go.