Recovering from CECS

November 2013

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Location:

Colchester,VT,USA

Member Since:

Sep 15, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Young Man PRs

2:30:36 @ 1995 SGM (Aided)

1:08:59 @ 1996 Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon (aided)

1:12:56 @ 1995 Fiesta Bowl 1/2 Marathon

 

Old Man PRs

18:19 @ 8/10/14 Get Your Rear In Gear 5k

1:25:36 @ 10/12/14 Green Mtn 1/2 Marathon

Short-Term Running Goals:

Diagnosed with Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome in 2010

 

2014 Goals:  Recover from CECS surgery.  Train consistently.  Build base without injury interruption.  Stay injury free.  Learn to enjoy running for the sake of running.  Maybe race a little by summer/fall.

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Become the fast old guy that beats up on the young kids.

Personal:

Married, no kids, 3 cats.  Grew up in AZ.  Now I live in New England.

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

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I haven't posted in a couple years.  To bring the community up to speed:  I've had off and on calf strains since about 2001.  These problems kept me from running more than 1 month at a time.  I've been to the doctor a few times, but I never really pushed the issue.  I chalked it up to getting old and running way too many miles in my 20s.

In early 2010 I was diagnosed with Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome in anterior and posterior compartments in both legs.  In short, the fascia are too small for my muscles.  When my calf muscles swell, the arterial blood gets in, but venous blood is restricted leaving the muscles.  Imagine trying to blow up a ballon inside a pipe.  Nerves are also pinched.  It feels like the worst cramps you can imagine.  I've had it for years, but no one was able to properly diagnosis until recently.

My choices: surgery or greatly reduce my running volume to a couple miles at a time.... I chose to decrease my running.  I was worried about potentially ruining my military career with an elective surgical procedure.  Additionally, I wasn't excited to have this surgery after listening to horror stories about painful recoveries, botched operations and the potential of returning symptoms.  Additionally, surgury was out of the question for the short term - soon after the diagnosis I took an all expenses paid trip to Afghanistan for 6 months.

Fast forward to 2013, I decided to jump in with both feet and get the surgery.  I'll keep this post short by leaving out play-by-play of the fasciotomy surgery; but needless to say, the doctor cut all 4 fascia from the ankle to the knee releasing all the calf muscle compartments of both calves - all through 2 2-inch incisions on each leg.

I had surgery on 11/11 and was in prone position with my legs elevated and iced for about 3 straight days.  First PT appointment was on 11/15.  I had my post-op meeting with the surgeon today.  He's very pleased with my recovery so far and thinks I may be able to start "jogging" in about 6 weeks.  Pretty exciting stuff.

So, 2x weekly PT for now, crutches and very little weight bearing activity.  I'm so excited with the prospect of being able to put together more than 30 days of injury free training.  I'm doubtful I'll see a 2:30 marathon again but maybe.......

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Still recovering from 11/11 CECS surgery.  I'm slowly transitioning to light weight bearing activities and spinning on the stationary bike.  The incisions are mostly healed.  My right leg has minimal briusing, but my left leg is technicolored and is still a little swollen & painful.  I'm still go to PT 2x weekly.  I may be able to start "jogging" in early January.

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