|My view from Cannon Mountain|
As it turns out, I had an incredible day. Both for the sense of accomplishment of finally doing something I've wanted to do for years, but also because it was just a beautiful quiet day of being alone in the mountains. I decided to climb two of the 48 4000ft peaks, Cannon and Tecumseh. Both are fairly short (5 miles each) with about the same elevation gain and loss (around 2500 ft).
|Crusty Ice and Snow on Tecumseh|
I was wearing my New Balance MT110 Winter's with Microspikes, which was a perfect setup. The trail consisted of lots of ice and a layer of new snow over the top, more so as the elevation rose. I had a little bit of a hard time at first since I was the first one on the trail and took the wrong entrance at Cannon. After a mile of bushwacking I crossed the trail and it was much easier from there.
On the way down from the first climb I noticed an old familiar feeling in my right lower shin. Its an itchy, achy pain that hurts when my ankle is fully flexed upwards, and lesser so but still present when fully flexed the other way as well. I decided to ignore it and drove to Waterville Valley to hit Tecumseh. It didn't get any better. As you might suspect, it got a lot worse on the climb up. Obviously the steep incline of the trail, possibly combined with the very tight fitting "boot" built into this shoe, was a combination that my shin didn't like.
My old friend, Anterior Tibialis Tendonitis is back. This is a chronic problem that used to plague me years ago, and hasn't really reared its ugly head for a while. The Tibialis anterior muscle is the large muscle that runs down the shin. Inflammation of the tendon sheath can cause pain at the front of the shin. It is terribly uncomfortable and feels like you have your shoes tied way to tight over the top eyelets.
Peter helped me the last time by suggesting that I change my stride. This lead me to discover running in more minimal shoes and leaning how to be more of a mid-foot striker. I wrote about this transformation almost three years ago here on my blog. This time, Pete took some slow motion video to see if it once again might be a striding problem. We are going to take some more video this week in different shoes for more analysis. The good news is that the video showed that my stride is pretty efficient and at this point not seeming to be the problem.
I feel compelled to give them both a shout out here on my blog. I am a non-professional recreational runner. These two guys make me feel like an Olympic athlete that needs to get fixed for the big race. I have the utmost confidence that with these guys in my corner that we can nip this in the bud. If you have a sports injury and you live anywhere close to Concord NH you should give them a call. I can't say enough good about them. I'm very lucky to call them friends.