Tuesday, October 31, 2006

MRI on Halloween

I went to Milford Regional Medical Center for my scheduled MRI tonight. It was smooth and uneventful. Pre-registration worked via the phone with a couple of forms to sign upon arrival. The only "surprise" occurred as the technician and I walked down the corridor to the unit and we went out an exit door. It did say for exit only, alarm will sound but she seemed quite confident in what she was doing and indeed it was a portable unit pulled up alongside the building. The space between the unit and building was heavily draped so she was joking that they should have decorated it for the evening, it did seem like a "haunted house".
Laying down, knee propped for a good picture, headphones on with piped in music, also heavily cushioned to drown out the noise of the unit itself. It does make some funky sounds. So funky, briefly talking with the other technician as I was leaving, she acknowledged that a couple of teens like the sounds so much that they wanted to come in to do some recording. She had to explain to them, that due to the magnetic field generated, they would not be able to record it. They were disappointed. I can see why. It was some funky sounds.
I wonder if they are necessary to generate the field, or some sort of signal noise to provide assurance that the machine is working? I recall hearing about a vacuum company that tried introducing a quiet vacuum and although they could prove that it did pick up more dirt and material it did not market test well. Introducing some noise back into the unit improved its sales. As if it wasn't working unless it made some noise to show it was working.
Next visit to the doctor is Monday. As I was walking out the technician said that the images were already posted to the web and he could view as soon as he wanted to. Ah, the wonders of technology. Now, let's figure out what is wrong with this knee!
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Happy Halloween

Some quick work with the sharp knife and a pumpkin is now a Jack'o Lantern.
With both girls away this year at college, I get to have first crack at the pumpkin seeds.
Wishing a safe and fun Halloween to all with plenty of treats and no tricks.
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Sunday, October 29, 2006


Originally uploaded by shersteve.

Do you have lightining like feet?

Or do you have to work consistently?

Either way, to repeat the line

today's preparation determines tomorrow's achievement!

Hopkinton - Pacers Joint Run 10/22/06

Originally uploaded by nc_pacers.
A little late getting to this but there were a couple of photos taken at the mini joint run last week when a few of the Hopkinton runners came to the Big Apple to run with the Pacers.

Post run the conversation circle was a combination of standing talking and stretching talking.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Proper Heart Rate Calculations

The Complete Running Network has been highlighted here previously for being a good source of information on and around running. You can get there easily clicking on the CRN logo located in the right column. Today, there the is a good article by Mark Iocehlli on how to calculate your heart rate and level of effort. Mark writes:

Wikipedia does an excellent job of describing the Karnoven Method:

Target Heart Rate = ((Maximum Heart Rate – Resting Heart Rate) × %Intensity) + Resting Heart Rate

So, for someone with a Maximum Heart Rate of 180 and a Resting Heart Rate of 70 we have two examples:

For A 50% Target Heart Rate: ((180 - 70) × 0.50) + 70 = 125 bpm
For a 85% Target Heart Rate: ((180 - 70) × 0.85) + 70 = 163 bpm

Read his full article for all the details. He will come back with more

... next week we’ll talk about the basics around Resting Heart Rate, Maximum Heart Rate and how to measure them.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Knee Update

The MRI is scheduled for Tuesday evening.
Yes, I wonder about going to the hospital on Halloween but that was the next available time.
May the roads/trails be good to you!
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Knee update

Visited the doctor today and the quick summary is the x-rays don't show anything, the exam didn't find anything, so it is on to schedule an MRI to determine what might be the matter.

Stay tuned.

May the roads/trails be kind to you!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Joint Club Run today

The Norfolk County Pacers hosted a joint club run today the the Big Apple. It was well attended by Wampanoag Road Runers, Hopkinton Runners Club, and some Tri-Valley runners, over 50 in total. It was a great day to run. A little cool but the sky was clear blue.

Here the runners head out to the road:

Here the runners have finished their routes and are replenishing their fluids and calories.

Additional photos are available at the Pacer's Flickr account.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Running Update

My running is still on hold. My knee does not feel normal. I have an appointment soon with some xrays to be scheduled to prepare for the visit.
In the meantime, I'll spend my "running" time providing support to the Norfolk County Pacers.
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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Easy Mile

First time running in about two weeks. The knee does not feel "normal" but it did not hurt or 'slip' when taking the easy jog on the track tonight. I'll be happy with little steps.

It was dark as I arrived and I expected to be running with my flashlight but the lights came on as a girls team gathered for soccer. It was eerie as the lights gradually brightened up the field spreading from the sidelines into the center and covering end to end, where just seconds before, it was pitch black and dark shadows.

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