Had my first 1-hour long session of Airrosti treatment yesterday. In addition to some diagnostics - I already knew what the issue was so the doc pretty much just confirmed it - it consisted of a very intensive massaging/manipulation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot and also the left calf. Extremely painful in both instances. I was given a small 'stress relief' squeeze ball to hold and I practically poked holes in that thing.
The good thing about Airrosti treatment? You do not have to cut down or quit running or whatever type of exercise you are doing. So I went out and ran mile repeats at Rice: on a very hot afternoon (around 90F) knocked off 4 miles at 6:48, 6:50, 6:51 and 6:42. Heart rate in the 150's for each of them, the last two occasionally into the 160's. On a 1-mile time trial I ought be able to get pretty close to 6:20 or so, need to do that one of these days or enter a 5-K. Will definitely do that as soon as the worst of the heat is behind us!
By this morning the foot is definitely much improved. Considerably less pain upon waking up and taking that dreaded first step. Considering the stress I put on it last night with the track workout, that is pretty remarkable. I have to do a few stretches and some icing every day, will go back for a second treatment next Monday.
Weigh-in Wednesday: Down to 161lbs this morning. Total loss since April now 14 lbs, 11 to go to 150. Considering the heavy mileage weeks ahead - several around 50 miles per week - I probably won't quite make it to 150 by Oct 9. If I can be at around 155 lining up at the start of the race that morning, it will be fine.
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