questionsgot any plans for the first day of spring?

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I chanced the treadmill today & yesterday testing out my knee. I did some meniscus damage in December and have not been able to run since. So far it seems stable with only a bit of soreness last night. :::fingers crossed:::

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Go out into my garden and enjoy the sun, the sprouts and maybe even a snow flurry!

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@lavikinga: Have you tried Ibuprofen? Disclaimer, I am not a medical doc, just another exercise person with sore knees!

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@lavikinga: As a fellow runner with mild knee problems, I've found that compression tights have helped me in the past. 2XU is a good brand for compression tights. Hope your knee gets better.

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I'm gonna try to find a cheap rake on deals.woot

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@lavikinga: I severely sprained my ankle last fall and I'm still feeling the effects. I have found that wearing a good quality brace make a world of difference.

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My office buddies and I have planned a picnic lunch at work today. One of the few benefits of our miserable new office space is a very lovely courtyard (which I have no doubt they will soon ban us from, but for now we are making good use of it). After work I plan to take my dog to the park.

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Well, with almost a foot of snow outside, I can't do anything outdoorsy. But, I am planning on doing some light house-work, then some spiritual cleansing type stuff. Happy Spring Equinox!

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Throwing clams at the sun, as usual.

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@coreyking: No, wait...clam throwing is only for the summer solstice...

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@thumperchick, @figgers3036: Come join us for our picnic lunch. It will be 75 with a light breeze and a cloudless blue sky. The past few days, glorious weather. Tomorrow, 60 with winds approaching same. Spring and fall we get a lot of variety in temperatures, usually blown in on gale force winds. Once the wind drops off the new weather we have it for a while, then a new windstorm brings us different weather.

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@lavikinga: I agree with the suggestions above on wearing some sort of brace or binding. I had severe shin splints and I got a McDavid brace on Ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/McDavid-442-SHIN-SPLINTS-SPLINT-WRAP-Support-Brace-/270941965591?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f15664d17

It cuts the pain and I think it is helping the area heal stopping the shin muscles from over flexing. When you wear it put it on snug, not tight which could hurt circulation.

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@mlutz3: @drj48: The ibuprofen has been my friend since December. X-rays showed good bones, no damage. Will get my MRI results next week. After last summer's rotator cuff major repair last summer, I will move heaven and earth avoid another surgery & intensive PT. I was hating life for weeks and weeks.

I've never run with any speed, but going for a miles & miles every morning used to be how I'd find my Zen moments. Plus I could eat & drink a few extra calories. Since I live in Florida & the heat, even during the cooler months, I'd be peeling off as much as possible during my run. Hate wearing a lot of anything while I run.

@jmattoon: Knee seems to do better without a brace. To my way of thinking, if it needs to be braced when I run, I should not be running quite yet. So far it seems pretty stable.

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@moondrake: So not helping!

Hopefully next week it'll warm up. Enjoy your picnic!

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@lavikinga: Do look around at any of the academic track teams from junior high to college. Go to one of their workouts and watch/listen to the coach. Once you find one that works well and makes sense to you introduce yourself, explain your situation and elicit advice. Fortunately for me I taught at a college which was known for its track team and the coach and team doc/trainer were always pleased having faculty practice with the team. At that time I was running with some minor pain and the coach advised me to modify my footing and overall upper body motion. The doc/trainer taped my feet to facilitate and fitted me with different practice and race shoes. The kids supported my changes by advising and telling me how well the advice worked for them. Pain went away and I can still get out for a jog to enjoy the energy, sun, sweat and Mother Nature. I had a good experience learning and healing from the pros and hopefully so will you. LMK how it succeeds for you.

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First Day of Spring in the Philadelphia area means FREE Rita's Italian Ice.......People line up for blocks to get a free 2 oz dixie cup of what may be the worst Italian Ice ever......

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Here in Southern Illinois, it's 32 degrees and 20 miles per hour wind (wind chill of 21).

And for this weekend, we get to look forward to rain or snow depending on how warm it gets. Might get into the 40's. Might get 10-15 inches of snow Sunday Night if the developing storm heads our way.

So....no plans.

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Shoveling the 6 inches of snow off my front steps, since I didn't get to it yesterday.

Lying-ass groundhog.

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@drj48: Got something even better. My niece is an AT & now working on her Masters. She interned awhile ago with a major Southern college football team so saw a lot of knees go bad. I'll be seeing her this weekend (and taking the cd with my MRI pictures on it).
I know she won't blow air up my skirt and give me the straight scoop on PT. My last two mishaps where I had to undergo PT made me wonder if I ( & my insurance company)wasn't actually lining pockets of the rehab center. Much of the work I did could have been done in my own home at a fraction of the cost. I have bands, weights, steps, etc.

Best thing I ever did for myself was switch to Vibrams. Since I have a few skeletal issues at play, the Vibrams allowed me to run without over correction that I was experiencing with standard running shoes. Made ALL the difference in the way I run, especially getting me to stop with the heel striking and learn a proper running form.

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@lavikinga: Do LMK how it goes. Make a copy of your MRI and your niece could show it to the team trainers and docs. You'll have feedback from decades of sports related experience; priceless and painless. You have learned to listen to your body and it will LYK when you discover the right path. And from seeing so many people I've known, and know, the most successful and strongest recoveries are the ones where the people gave their bodies TIME, gentle exercising, supportive massage/heat/cold and moving forward little by little. My very best wishes for your health and recovery, Dr.J

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@drj48: I will. I am the poster child for not listening to my body and pushing through the pain, thus the other stints with PT.

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@lavikinga:"No Pain, ....." great idea! There is something off about our style especially when it comes to exercise and medical treatment. So many people want immediate results rather than long term investment with results that manifest marginally, yet significantly, over years. The seniors and youngers who I see who are in the best shape [and look years younger than they are] have settled into a gentle D2D exercise routine that works their minds and bodies together as a team. None of this X-treme stuff. Over the last 30 years I have seen very much the same faces in the schoolyard where I practice. They do gentle non-impact routines. The ones that come and disappear do the gym rat high impact intense stuff. I can go on for volumes, impossible in this forum. So please remember ‘KISS’, keep it soft and soughing with your treatment.

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I thought I would go out and celebrate Spring by shoveling the 10" of snow that fell the past two days. Then I thought against it, it should be melted by June.

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Just to make it to the second day.