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In the 1 days ending Apr 7, 2011:

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  Run1 52:00 5.1(10:12) 8.21(6:20)
  Total1 52:00 5.1(10:12) 8.21(6:20)

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Thursday Apr 7, 2011 #

Run (River road backwards) 52:00 [3] 5.1 mi (10:12 / mi)
shoes: Asics2

Early day loop, everything felt great and relaxed and almost back to normal with only a little essence d'AT


Acupuncture - having tried most everything else (skimping a little on toddp's prescription of 3 ice baths per day), I found myself a Chinese Dr of Acupuncture. In the last few weeks I have been heavily massaging my tendons as well as my calf muscles.... to the point of bruising sometimes, and my right AT seems "fixed". Left had lingering pain and morning soreness for SURE, but the cure of the right, left me thinking that perhaps it wasn't 100% the tendon that was the problem.. maybe some other stuff affecting the tendon.
What he did: I got about six needles in each leg, electric wires attached and pulsing shocks (2/sec). Some needles were on the achilles, some in the middle of the calf, not sure what else cause it's hard to tell when you're on your stomach face down. Shock treatment lasted about 30 minutes. That was it. (Oh, except for some herbs he put on after with a bandage... but that seems almost more quacky to me; maybe I'll be a convert some day).
Lying on your stomach with electric needles in your legs is surprisingly relaxing and I fell asleep during the process. Afterwards... almost no pain in AT, and later that evening couldn't even pinch for pain. Morning felt much better too, not the characteristic stiffness. I'll go back for more treatments, 2/week for a while. I believe it's helping, but if it doesn't, I can still fall back on magnets, crystals, church or amputation. Unfortunately, I think insurance will only cover the latter. (It DOES cover acupuncture!)

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