Crystal’s New Race

Running and Coaching

As pretty much all the Napkin Kin know, I am a runner and a coach of runners. It’s actually my part-time paid job. I coordinate the 10k and 15k training program called Pathways for Fleet Feet, a specialty running and fitness store here in Tulsa. I’ve been doing it for 5 years now.  We have 4 sessions a year, ranging from 8 to 12 weeks. We have had up to 170 participants split between 3 locations. They run 3 days a week with another run or cross training they do on their own. I typically run with them 5 days a week between the two main locations. 

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Pathways, fall 2014

To coach all these runners I have over 20 volunteer coaches under me.  All the coaches have been participants in a Fleet Feet program, most of them having gone through Pathways at least once. We are a tight knit group, many having ran and coached for 3-4 years with me. They not only coach but they also train for their own races, usually 1/2 or full marathons. They are incredibly supportive and encouraging to those they coach, and they are the same for each other. I think many of them would say their best friends are now those they run with.

This past week we had one of those coaches, Crystal Gee, go down. This wasn’t down by twisting an ankle or getting overheated. This was down by something far more severe. We had just finished our final training run for our goal race, which was to occur two days hence.  A final training run is a very easy, casual affair. We don’t run long (it was only 2.5 miles) and we don’t run hard.  We are doing what is called a taper, easing out of the heavy training so our legs and bodies will be fresh for the race. It’s also a celebratory moment for everyone. We have finished the training and we are ready! The air is filled with excitement, nerves, relief, last minute details about the race and much encouragement from the coaches and fellow runners.

Crystal and Angelika

Crystal helps lead a group with another coach, Angelika. It had been a great final run and Crystal was in fine spirits. She hung around the store for a bit after the run with the rest of us but soon had to leave to pick up her daughter. She said goodbye to Angelika and walked to her car.  Moments later Angelika got a call from Crystal. She was in her car, still in the parking lot. She told Angelika she felt really bad and something was very wrong. She asked her to come help her. Angelika went to her car, no more than two rows away, and found her slumped over towards the passenger seat. She was in pain, saying her head felt like someone was squeezing it terribly. Angelika pulled her back toward her to see what was the matter.  Crystal tried to get up and out of the car, Angelika trying to keep her in her seat, telling her not to get up. Angelika asked if she wanted her to call 911 and Crystal said yes. That’s the last she said. As Angelika called, Crystal slumped towards the open door and basically slid out of the car onto the asphalt. Angelika was able to help as she slid out so she didn’t fall and hurt herself further.

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Crystal and Angelika

Meanwhile I was among the usual crowd at the front of the store after the run. I looked over when I saw a small fire EMT truck show up out in the parking lot. I went over to see what was going on and found Angelika kneeling over Crystal.  Crystal was on her side and was rhythmically moaning with pain.  She was drenched in sweat which initially made some think she was suffering from some sort of heat exhaustion. It was pretty obvious though that this was more than that.  What, we didn’t know.

Crystal could not have asked for a better co-coach to come to her aid, not just because of the friendship, but because Angelika is a nurse.  She was in command of the scene.  She made sure her breathing was not obstructed (she had thrown up a few moments earlier). When the paramedics arrived Angelika gave them all the important information, heart rate, blood pressure, etc.  

Fellow Coaches

The paramedics took over with her still assisting while others started to work on contacting her husband. It wasn’t easy since her phone was locked and we couldn’t talk to her. We got the emergency information from the store records and another coach, Caddie, tried to call but there was no answer.  

We went through her purse and wallet looking for other phone numbers.  Another coach, Susan, found some and tried to call them but to no avail.  One of the other coaches, David, had been friends with Crystal for over 10 years and figured out the best thing to do was to start Facebook messaging some of their mutual friends to get the message to her husband, mother, brother, etc.  Communication started flowing at that point.

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David and Crystal

Angelika, David and I went to St. Francis hospital, which was right across the street. Angelika actually works at St. Francis so after Crystal’s best friend Natalie arrived the two of them went back to see her. David and I waited for the family to arrive and when they did we told them what had happened.

At this point it was pretty obvious she suffered a brain trauma of some sort.  Maybe an aneurysm, maybe a stroke, we didn’t know.  but we did know that Crystal was in for the new race, the race of her life to beat this and recover.  David and I left after the family arrived. Angelika stayed a while longer helping out in the ER.

Why Are We Here?

Two days later two things happened.  Pathways had our goal race, the Aquarium Run 10k, and Crystal had brain surgery.  They couldn’t find the source of the bleeding the first night but the next day they found it and went in to repair it. It turns out it was a stroke from an aneurysm.  

At races we usually gather for a big group picture.  I used the opportunity to ask a question of the group I have asked during training over the years, ‘Why are we here?’  My answer that morning, as we dedicated our run to Crystal, was ‘because we can’.  We sometimes take it for granted but knowing Crystal’s situation drove home the truth that we never should.  We never know, do we.

Pathways ran the race strong and victoriously, hoping that Crystal would feel our love and strength as she ran her own, far more dangerous race.  Many of us wore ‘Running4Crystal’ bibs on our backs in addition to the usual race bib.

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Marty’s extra race bib

The next day my wife, Linda, and I went to the hospital to deliver a card that the Pathways and Fleet Feet family had signed.  On the way there I thought of another reason ‘why we are here’.  We run so we are in shape, so we are fit. That may seem obvious but you then have to ask why do we want to be fit?  It’s not only so we are healthy in our day to day life. It’s so we are healthy in times of trauma.  Crystal has the race of her life ahead of her.  The fact that her heart, muscles, lungs, bones and even her brain, are strong and healthy from running, will no doubt help immeasurably in her winning this race.  I told this to her family in the hopes of encouraging them as they run the race alongside her.

Crystal’s New Race

As of today (Monday April 13th, 2015) Crystal is resting comfortably after having successful surgery Saturday. She is going to be weaned from the respirator and brought out of sedation so she can start her road to recovery.  We believe things worked in her favor so far. She was able to call Angelika before she started to drive off. Angelika is an incredibly competent and sharp nurse, she knew what was happening and got her help immediately.  The hospital was literally right across the street and she was in expert hands within minutes.  The start of Crystal’s new race was harsh but filled with good timing and good people.

We have every expectation that she will run the rest of this new race she has in front of her victoriously.  We will be cheering her on.

Helping

If you would like to keep up with her progress you can subscribe to her CaringBridge site.  

If you would like to donate to help offset expenses you can help at her gofundme.com site.

On Saturday April 18th from 11am-3pm there will be a silent auction at Charlie Mitchell’s Restaurant at 51st and Yale. 100% of the proceeds will go to help offset her recovery costs.  10% of the lunch proceeds that day will also be given.

On Saturday April 25th from 9-11am there will be a pancake breakfast fundraiser put on by OKChive at Applebee’s in Broken Arrow (101st location)

Update Friday, April 17th:  She’s off the breathing tube and the sedation. She is talking and walking and eating!  She is very weak though and is spending most of her time resting and sleeping.


 

© 2015 Marty Coleman

p.s.  I wrote about Angelika before, in a blog post from 2013 – Angelika and the Painful Procedure – A photo/art essay

 


The Glory of our ‘Problems’ – A Fitness and Photography Story

 

 

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The Problem

Yesterday I did a photo shoot in a park filled with gigantic rocks and steep, narrow trails. There were gnarled tree roots trailing all over the ground and the rocks, loose branches and dirt were everywhere, and the heat was well into the 90s.  My friend and model, Brittany, was doing yoga poses for me in what was essentially a scouting trip for a future group photo shoot I will lead later this year.  

I investigated the park beforehand and found it was a mecca for local rock climbers. As I read up on that I found something interesting.  Each rock climb a person does seems to be called a ‘Problem’.  And that makes sense to me. It’s a problem to be solved. How to get up and get down the rock.

Suffering for Art

We had a great time and got some fantastic shots.  At the very end we had to ascend a pretty steep trail covered with roots. I had a two photo bags and attempted to make it up without putting them down. Brittany even asked if she should hold them while I went up. As I said no, I lost my balance and fell/slid back down the trail. I only went down maybe 10-15 feet so it was no big deal but somehow I hyperextended my left middle finger and got a small gash on my palm while trying to hold on to my bags and catch my balance.  I then gave her the bags and tried again, successfully this time.

The finger felt pretty stiff and it didn’t want to bend all that much. But I knew it wasn’t broken so we finished up the shoot and went and had a nice lunch. I showed it to my wife when she got home last night. It was the illustration for my narrative about the shoot and the environment. 

The Hard Working Muse

Brittany meanwhile escaped without injury. But she didn’t escape without plenty of ‘problems’. She did incredibly hard work hiking, climbing and posing in heat that was above 90º by the time we were done.  She balanced on very high rocks.  She crawled under low tree limbs through the dirt.  She held intense poses on undulating tree roots halfway up rock faces. She planked over dry gullies while perched on two small flat rocks feet away from each other. All the while she was trying her best to look good, pose well, keep from slipping due to sweat being all over her, keep from laughing, keep from keeling over from dehydration (we had plenty of water, don’t worry. But it was REALLY hot!) .  She figured out the solution to a multitude of problems. It was amazing to watch her work.

Here is one of the photos of Brittany to give you an idea of what it was like.

 

Brittany Doing Yoga

Parsva Bakasana – Side Crane Pose

 

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What Remains

Sometimes misfortune or ‘problem’ is what we really remember.  Brittany and I will always have the photos to view years later, and that will be great. But the story we tell about the day will be filled with how difficult and harsh the environment was and how much fun we had finding the solutions to the multitude of problems we set for ourselves.

 That is the essence of great storytelling after all, right?

 

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Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman

Quote by Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784, English 

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“Depend on it that if a man talks about his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him.”

While Coffee Brews – Workout Exercises # 7 and #8

 

Last December I did a series illustrating my morning workout regimen.  I have added some exercises that I do somewhat regularly since then and wanted to update the series to include them.

 

The While Coffee Brews Workout - Exercises 7 & 8

 

Butt Lift and Kicks

The big craze the past few years has been planking. I never planked until I did this exercise. It’s simple enough. You lay on your back,  lift your butt of the ground and hold the pose.  You really have to work to push your butt up in the air so you body is in a straight line, you can really feel it in your hip flexor and quadricep muscles.  It was boring to me to just stay in that pose so I started kicking up high with one leg while maintaining the straight body line.  It’s harder than planking if you ask me. I did 20 kicks on each leg.

Flutter Kicks

While I am down on the ground it’s easy to move to the next exercise.  I simply lower my butt back to the ground and lift my legs so they are off the ground by a foot or so. This can also be a held plank position of course but once again I like action instead of just holding a pose so I scissor my legs as wide as I can. I mean REALLY wide, then bring them together and cross them, and then back wide again. This is great for strengthening your lower back since your legs are off the ground. It’s fantastic for your glutes and your hips, opening them up and stretching all the small muscles that go deep into your groin.

Because I am so unlimber and stretching is critical for me, I sometimes will lower my legs and use my ottoman and my coffee table to hold my legs wide open. It hurts but it also really helps me avoid really tight hip and groin muscles when I run long distances.

It usually takes about 15 minutes to do 3 circuits of the exercises.  Just enough time to let the coffee brew.

The rest of the series is linked here:  The ‘While Coffee Brews’ Workout Series. Scroll down once on that page to go from newest to oldest in the series.

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Drawing and exercise plan by Marty Coleman

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The ‘While Coffee Brews’ Workout – Exercise #6

 

Lunges

 

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In Place, Forward and Backward

I use lunges as part of my running group’s active warm up before every run.  It’s a great way to get your large leg and butt muscles warmed up and ready to go.  These are so easy to do wherever you are, in work clothes, pajamas, or naked, and it takes no time at all to get a good bun and thigh burn in, there no excuse to not do them a few times a day.

When I am doing these in my morning workout I do them standing in place, not walking forward. I go forward and back in the same movement, for about 20-40 reps.  Then I switch legs and do the other one forward and back as well.

Lunges help build your glutes (your butt) as well as your major thigh muscles, front and back.

Guidelines:

  • Keep your back straight and your head level.
  • Push your butt forward a bit when you go forward.
  • Don’t let your front knee go past your toes.
  • Use dumbbells if you have them. Hold them down by your side.  Don’t use heavy ones at first.
  • Balance aptitude as one of it’s primary goals.  Focus on that at first over heavy dumbbell weights.

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Exercise #6 – Lunges

Exercise #5 – Jumping and Laying Down Jacks

Exercise #3 and #4 – Abdominal Crunches and Oblique Crunches

Exercise #2 – Push Ups

Exercise #1 – Glute Kickbacks

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Drawing and guidelines by Marty Coleman, whose butt is in pretty good shape due to these.

 

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The ‘While Coffee Brews’ Workout – Exercise #5

 

I drank a whole pot of coffee drawing #5 in the exercise series.

 

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Knowing vs Doing

Another simple exercise that we all know is Jumping Jacks. But knowing it and doing it are two different things. Knowing anything is of little value if you don’t put it into practice.

Jump Start

Practicing jumping jacks is a great way to get joints loose, blood flowing and heart rate up just a bit. Sort of cardio jump start.  Make sure you keep your arms fully extended and bring them all the way to the top. Stretch those arms up.  Doing jumping jacks half-hearted is not worth doing so do them right or skip it.  Unlike the exercises I have shown so far, women probably want to have at least a sports bra on for this one.  Some men might as well.

Stretch Start

Number 2 is illustrating something that really helps me, Mr. Unlimber.  It’s not Jumping Jacks, it’s Laying Down Jacks. Spread your legs as far as they will go (maybe use some barrier, like a table leg, to keep your legs open, that is what I have to do) while you also spread your arms out and up at about a 45 degree angle. Make sure the backs of your hands are touching the ground and your arms are as flat as they can be. It may not seem like much to do, but hold it for 30-60 seconds and you will really start to feel the stretch in your pectorals and your inner groin muscles.

This is a great stretch to help runners keep from getting to tight and wound up in those areas.  We often think about our legs getting tight in a run but long distance runners have a lot of problems with shoulders, chests, and arms starting to hurt and cramp as well.  It’s important to keep the upper torso limber as well as the leg muscles.

 

Exercise #6 – Lunges

Exercise #5 – Jumping and Laying Down Jacks

Exercise #3 and #4 – Abdominal Crunches and Oblique Crunches

Exercise #2 – Push Ups

Exercise #1 – Glute Kickbacks

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Drawing and instruction by Marty Coleman

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The ‘While The Coffee Brews’ Workout – Exercises #3 and #4

 

My Morning Routine

I have gotten into the habit of having rice cakes for first breakfast.  I toast 2 of them, then put on a bit of jelly and peanut or almond butter.  They are crunchier when you toast them but you have to watch out, some of them have a glaze on them that will start to smoke in the toaster oven.  I then take them into my office and eat them while I start my day.  Speaking of office, we recently had a slew of visitors to our humble abode for Thanksgiving weekend.  My office was used as a bedroom so I thought I would try out moving my napkin drawing studio into the dining room so I could draw early in the morning while our guests were still asleep.  It worked out pretty well so I think I might keep it like that for a while.

Exercises #3 and #4 – Abdominal Crunches and Oblique Crunches

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Exercise #4  – Oblique Crunches

In the sequence, #4 actually comes twice, once on the left side once on the right, so I do one side first, then do #3, then do the other side of #4.

In the original photo I saw on how to do oblique crunches the guy was laying on the large flat side of his glute, a 1/4 of the way towards being on his back, and raising his torso up to get the crunch as in version #1. The legs stayed on the ground. But when I started doing them I laid directly on my side and found my legs came off the ground as did my torso.  I like the #2 version better because it seemed to work the lower oblique region as much as the high region.  But I notice that #1 tends to work the lower side back more than #2 so I do both on and off.

One of the coolest things about doing these is where the lower arm (on the floor) ends up going.  It is folded in front of you with your hand actually on your obliques. What that means is you can feel the muscles working, contracting and releasing, as you do the exercise. Over the months I have started to feel all the definition throughout the oblique and ab areas. It’s very cool.

Exercise #3 – Abdominal Crunches

These are pretty straightforward.  They are the beginning of a sit up, but you don’t go above about 25 – 30 degrees from the floor, then you go back down. That is enough to get the abs working.  The drawing is a bit off actually because you really shouldn’t be bending your head forward at the angle I have it. Keep it as straight as you can.  

Do 10 to start and repeat each time you come around to it in your circuit.  

Finish up by doing the oblique crunches on the other side and you are done.

To Repeat or Not Repeat

As usual, you can do these two ways, one is a set amount done in a circuit with the other exercise. Most of the time a circuit of 3-4 is good.  Or you can do each exercise to the fail point, with no repeats.  It’s sort of like the two different versions of Solitaire you can play, once around drawing every card and you are done, win or not, or every 3 cards until you can’t do anything more or you win.

Either way, you’ll get a good work out.

Benefits

Obviously your abdominal muscle and the oblique abdominals are the main beneficiary. Did you know that the ab muscles are actually just one big sheet muscle?  The ‘six packs’ aren’t different muscles, they are parts of same muscle that just happen to build up. Each of us has a different landscape when it comes to our one big ab muscles.   The oblique are separate however.

By the way the pink bumps on her tummy are not her intestines popping out don’t worry, they are her six pack of abs (of which you can only see 3)

Speaking of…If you are hoping to have that six-pack by just doing exercises, it’s not going to happen. Well, it can happen, but it will be under a layer of fat and you won’t be able to see it.  To see your abs you really will have to change eating habits so you not only lose fat but build your muscle as well.

That’s It

And that’s it. These 4 exercises should take you about 10-15 minutes, max.  That’s about the length of time a pot of coffee takes to brew.  It’s not sophisticated or complicated or hard to figure out. It’s easy and it’s doable today, right now. Start somewhere, and repeat. That’s the key. You can do it.

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Exercise #6 – Lunges

Exercise #5 – Jumping and Laying Down Jacks

Exercise #3 and #4 – Abdominal Crunches and Oblique Crunches

Exercise #2 – Push Ups

Exercise #1 – Glute Kickbacks

The ‘While Coffee Brews’ Workout – Exercise #2

 

My Morning Routine

When I first started doing this morning routine it was just stretching and warming up for the day.  I still stretch and warm up before I do the exercises because I am an old and creaky guy. You should limber up too, even if you aren’t old and creaky.   The run groups I coach always start with an active warm up time to get the blood flowing, the heart beat up just a bit and the joints and muscles lubricated and ready to work.  It’s alway a time to just be quiet and meditate for a few moments before you start exercising.

Exercise #2 – Push Ups

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Version #1

This is the version you need to do.  Even if you can do only one pushup this way, you need to do it this way. It’s where you want to get to so why not work at it from the very beginning. If you can’t do 5 pushups this way, do at least one, then do the other 4 in the version #2 method.  A full push up goes all the way until your nose touches the ground.

Version #2

Forget the sexist crap about this being the version for women. It isn’t. It’s the version for those who aren’t yet strong enough to do version #1. That’s it. It has nothing to do with whether you have a penis or vagina. Nothing.  Here is the truth, male or female – if you can’t do one pushup in the version #1 method, then start with version #2.  If you can do 5 of version #2 then next time you do the exercise start with #1 and try to do one of that.  Keep trying #1 each and every time you do pushups.  Do not settle for version #2, it’s only for those who can’t do #1 and everyone can do #1 if they work at it.

To Repeat or Not Repeat

Once again you can do these as part of a circuit of exercises that you repeat 3 or more times, or you can do them once to the fail point. Both have their benefits and you should try both types of regimens during the week.

Benefits

Obviously the arms and chest are the prime beneficiary of pushups. In the arms it’s the entire shoulder and the triceps (back of the arms) that get the bulk of the workout. The pectorals of the chest are being built as well.

Remember, to lose weight you have to burn calories. To burn calories you have to have metabolically active tissue, and that’s muscle, not fat.  If you build muscle you get a better metabolism and that means better calorie burning.

When To Start

Duh, now. Don’t wait until you have the right workout clothes or the right mat or the right headband. Do it first, then get all those things as you have time.

 

Exercise #6 – Lunges

Exercise #5 – Jumping and Laying Down Jacks

Exercise #3 and #4 – Abdominal Crunches and Oblique Crunches

Exercise #2 – Push Ups

Exercise #1 – Glute Kickbacks

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Drawing and workout description by Marty Coleman

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The ‘While Coffee Brews’ Workout – Exercise #1

 

My Morning Routine

I typically get up around 5:30am and have about an hour to myself before Linda calls me in to cuddle before she gets out of bed.  My usual routine was to let the dogs out, make coffee and go into my office/studio immediately. In April I decided to add some early morning stretching and calisthenics into that routine.  Instead of going directly into my studio while the coffee brewed I went into the living room and stretched.  I am not a limber guy by any means and stretching is something I really need to do for my running.  While I was doing the stretching I started to add some light calisthenics. I timed the exercises to about the same time it took the coffee to brew.  Over the course of the months I have worked out a very brief workout routine that is easy to do with no need for equipment or extra space. If you have a space on the floor as big as your body, you have room.

Exercise #1 – Glute Kickbacks

 

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Version #1

Version #1 starts with your leg bent with the knee on the ground. You kick the leg back to be slightly above horizontal and return it. You aren’t kicking hard, just putting it out there until it’s straight. And yes, I know the drawing makes it look like the person is farting. She might be, farting is allowed!

Version #2

In version #2 you put your leg straight out back and have your big toe touching the ground. You then lift your leg up past horizontal and return it to the ground (or close, you don’t need to touch the ground and break your toe!) I usually do this version, I just like it better. And yes, the drawing sort of looks like she is peeing. That is not allowed, it will ruin the carpet.

To Repeat or Not  Repeat

You can do the reps two ways. One way is to pick a number, 10 to start is good, and do them, one leg at a time (as opposed to alternating legs like you are riding a bike). You will do those, go on to the next exercises and then return to these after you have done the circuit.  When I do it this way I do the circuit 3 times.

The other way is non-repeating.  This way is one time only. You don’t pick a number, you just do it until you can’t do them. You do it to ‘fail’.  I do this way when I have less time to do the entire workout. You aren’t going to come back to these at the end of your circuit of exercises. You will be done after one circuit.

Benefits

The benefits of this exercise are in your glutes (that’s your butt just in case you weren’t sure) and your hamstrings (the muscles on the back of your thighs).

When to Start

DO NOT wait until January 1st. That is an arbitrary date, it means nothing. If you start this (or any) exercise regimen now, and start in on making some simple diet changes, you can lose 5 lbs by the start of 2014.  Why wait?  I will talk more about all of this as this series continues. In the meanwhile, today is the day.

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments, I would love to hear them.

 

Exercise #6 – Lunges

Exercise #5 – Jumping and Laying Down Jacks

Exercise #3 and #4 – Abdominal Crunches and Oblique Crunches

Exercise #2 – Push Ups

Exercise #1 – Glute Kickbacks

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Drawing and exercise plan by Marty Coleman, © 2013  – All Rights Reserved

 

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Angelika and the Painful Procedure – A Photo/Art Essay

 

Coaching

As many of you know, I have a part-time job as a running coach.  I am in charge of a intermediate program at Fleet Feet in Tulsa training runners for the 10k & 15k distances.  I have about 14 coaches under me that run with the 8 different pace groups 3 times a week.  Many of these coaches are also in training themselves, usually for the 1/2 marathon and full marathon distances.

 

A Doctor’s Visit

Earlier this season one of my coaches, Angelika (pronounced with a hard G, like ‘guide’), broke a bone in her foot. Her husband had to be out of town on business so I recently accompanied her to the Doctor’s office for a procedure to help get rid of the scar tissue on the bone and hopefully facilitate it healing. 

The procedure is called extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Same type of thing used for breaking up kidney stones. It sends very powerful waves into the location with the intent of breaking up the scar tissue that is at the broken ends of the bone, keeping it from reattaching and healing.  

 

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The marks on her right leg are due to her having to have it in a boot all day. She had just come from her job as a nurse, where she has to be on her feet sometimes for 12 hours at a time. 

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The Numbing

 

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The procedure is very painful so for it to take place she had to have her foot at the spot of the break numbed.  One of the reasons Angelika was so nervous about the procedure was she knew it takes a LOT for her to be numbed. She’s had horror stories from her youth about going to the dentist and them not being able to numb her enough to do the work necessary. She made sure to tell the Dr. and his assistant of this.  They gave her extra and waited longer for it to take effect, just to make sure.  She was still worried it wouldn’t be enough.

 

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The x marks were put on by the doctor to let him know where he needed to numb the foot.  I felt bad for the turtle since it looked like it had been shot in the head.  At this point we are waiting for the Lidocaine to take effect.

 

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The Hammer and Chisel

 

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This is how it looked as the procedure happened.  The black round thing up against her foot is filled with water. The shockwave is pulsated through it directly to her foot. The machine makes a very loud hammering sound, so loud we were required to wear ear plugs.  The goal was to have 2800 pulses hit the foot, which should take about 30 minutes. 

 

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The procedure took a while so I spent a bit of time drawing her in my sketchbook as she lay on the table. 

 

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It turned out Angelika was right.  The Lidocaine dosage was not enough.  She was in increasing pain as the pulses went on. She said it felt as if someone was taking a chisel to her bone.  The procedure was stopped and a second dosage was given.  It helped a little bit but in the end she just had to bear the pain and get through it.  She is a very tough woman.

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The Hope

 

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But, after a tear or two, she made it through. She definitely wants people to know that if they want to avoid this sort of travail, listen to your body and stop running (or whatever it is you are doing) when your body says it’s hurting!  Get it checked out and find out what is going on before doing further damage.

She (and her running friends) are very hopeful this procedure will be worth the pain and her bone will heal up in the next month or so.  We are looking forward to her running with us again.

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Drawing, photos and essay by Marty Coleman

 

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