Mechanical

Thanksgiving

Haven't posted in a bit so the following will be a bit of a ramble just to fill in some details.

Thanksgiving was great. xwrn made most of the dinner and papertygre came down from Seattle and celebrated with us. This was my first time meeting her (papertygre) and she was great company. Much turkey, stuffing, and rummy eggnog was had by all. I was ready to explode.

Later, we visited a friend of xwrn and I noticed that one person was playing the new XBox 360. A most unusual XBox 360. It had a fascinating faceplate with interesting pictures, some of the plastic had different colors from what I see in advertisements and it has a small section which reads "I made this". Seems the guy was one of programmers responsible for the launch of XBox and he was explaining about his work on Project Gotham racing and how the lighting system works. One of his complaints was about the trees in the London section of the game. Apparently, the programmers thought London was the most beautiful city in the game but the trees were generated with a third-party software package that just doesn't look terribly convincing.

The next morning I went for a 3 mile run. That was my fourth for the week and my last for a month. I'm finally convinced that the (current) problem in my left leg is shin splints. That's pretty much a minimum of two to four weeks of no running to let my leg heal up. This really pisses me off. I was finally getting to the point where these shorter runs were very comfortable and now I'm off my feet again.

And in other news, being the geek that I am, I spent part of my four day weekend working on software which I've just released to the CPAN. I've added "runtime traits" to this software package and it allows people to incorporate new behavior into their code on the fly. Never mind, though. It's really not that interesting unless you're a serious programmer who does object-oriented work.
Can you do something like an elliptical machine instead of running? Or does that still hurt your shins, too?
I'm not sure but I'm so paranoid about hurting my leg again that at this point, I'd much rather do nothing that risk injury. I'm such a novice in this department that I just don't (yet) know the best course of action. I just know that my left leg seems particularly fragile and prone to giving me hell at the slightest provocation.
yay! Thanks again for having me down.

Also, I'd like to reiterate my suggestion that when you get back out there in a month, you might try the running-on-the-balls-of-the-feet technique, and see if it doesn't help.

The guy with the Xbox 360 was tanjent.
Hopefully you'll make it to Portland again (or I'll make it to Seattle) and we'll have more time to chat.

As for the running technique, I'd have to look into it more, perhaps even consulting a sports medicine practioner. In researching shin splints I read a couple of times that this style of running is one of the causes of this malady. I'd much prefer not to go through this again :)
LJ just notified me of your comment :)

Where did you read that this style of running causes shin splints? I don't doubt you, I'm just curious for my own sake. I thought the whole premise was that shin splints are caused by shock, and that this style of running prevents shock.
Ah.. track.. cross country.. they just made us run with shinsplints..
That's what I thought, too. Then I found out about the possibility of getting stress fractures if I force it. I'll pass on that.

Plus, right now my leg hurts like a son of a bitch. It's painful to walk on, much less run. That's not good.
Yep, that certainly sounds like you need a rest. Are you currently doing anything to treat it, or just resting?

When it was just painful simply to walk on, you really needed to sit out practice and go see the physical therapist as well.
You should really check out either 'Chi Running' by Danny Dreyer or the 'Pose Method' by Nicholas Romanov. Both of these guys have books, DVDs, and websites devoted to specific form and postural corrections that eliminate common running injuries like shin splints.
I've been working on the Chi Running stuff for a couple months now and it has really changed the way I run. I've been able to really start ramping up miles while hurting much less than I ever use to before. Since then I've been preaching the gospel of Chi Running to everyone I know.
I haven't studied the Pose Method quite as closely, but it seems to be very similar.