Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Podiatrist appointment

My arthritic ankle had been bothering me for all of May.  I knew I'd need to back off a little in June, but also wanted to get in to see my podiatrist (the excellent Dr. Gauthier at Reading Foot and Ankle).  I was able to get an appointment and got a cortisone shot for my left ankle and had the right ankle checked out.  Turns out the lump is a gangaloid cyst.  Since it isn't bothering me I just need to keep an eye on it for now.

Ganglion Cyst

What Is a Ganglion Cyst?  

A ganglion cyst is a sac filled with a jellylike fluid that originates from a tendon sheath or joint capsule. The word “ganglion” means knot and is used to describe the knot-like mass or lump that forms below the surface of the skin. 

Ganglion cysts are among the most common benign soft-tissue masses. Although they most often occur on the wrist, they also frequently develop on the foot—usually on the top, but elsewhere as well. Ganglion cysts vary in size, may get smaller and larger and may even disappear completely, only to return later.


Although the exact cause of ganglion cysts is unknown, they may arise from trauma—whether a single event or repetitive microtrauma.


A ganglion cyst is associated with one or more of the following symptoms:

·        A noticeable lump—often this is the only symptom experienced

·        Tingling or burning, if the cyst is touching a nerve

·        Dull pain or ache, which may indicate the cyst is pressing against a tendon or joint

·        Difficulty wearing shoes due to irritation between the lump and the shoe


To diagnose a ganglion cyst, the foot and ankle surgeon will perform a thorough examination of the foot. The lump will be visually apparent, and, when pressed in a certain way, it should move freely underneath the skin. Sometimes the surgeon will shine a light through the cyst or remove a small amount of fluid from the cyst for evaluation. Your doctor may take an x-ray, and in some cases, additional imaging studies may be ordered.

Nonsurgical Treatment

There are various options for treating a ganglion cyst on the foot:

·        Monitoring but no treatment. If the cyst causes no pain and does not interfere with walking, the surgeon may decide it is best to carefully watch the cyst over a period of time.

·        Shoe modifications. Wearing shoes that do not rub the cyst or cause irritation may be advised. In addition, placing a pad inside the shoe may help reduce pressure against the cyst.

·        Aspiration and injection. This technique involves draining the fluid and then injecting a steroid medication into the mass. More than one session may be needed. Although this approach is successful in some cases, in many others, the cyst returns.

When Is Surgery Needed?

When other treatment options fail or are not appropriate, the cyst may need to be surgically removed. While the recurrence rate associated with surgery is much lower than that experienced with aspiration and injection therapy, there are nevertheless cases in which the ganglion cyst returns.

Monday, June 1, 2020

May - big miles

This May with 409 miles was my biggest month since October of 2014.  That makes sense since November of 2014 was when I met with my PT (Bob Worden) and worked out a mileage cap (80 mpw).  I’ve been very good about sticking to the cap.  August of 2018 featured a really big week when I ran the Wonderland trail.  May of 2020 was high because I was working from home and kind of got into a nice groove of running three (relatively) short runs per day.  My ankle took a beating (which is why we originally came up with the mileage cap) so I’ll take a it down a notch for June and hopefully mix back in some biking.


Sunday, May 31, 2020

Week Ending 05/31/20

Ankle was really bothering me this week, go figure.  Could be the last 10 weeks of mileage.  Time to ease back a bit.  Hated the hot, humid, and high pollen for most of this week.

Week = 90

Month = 409

Year = 1,486

Life = 146,393

M - 730am 8 on the Londonderry rail trail in 710s (very fast last 4)

        930am a nice relaxing 6 mile in 859s

T - 5am Methuen rail trail 5m in 759s

      1130am industrial park 3 in 658s

      315pm Salem rail trail 5 in 809s

W - 5am Methuen rail trail 5m in 731s

        1130am Dan's AVIS woods 6 in 822s

        3pm Rainbow development 3 in 802s

Th - 5am Methuen rail trail 5m in 746s

        1130am Industrial park 3 in 643s

        315pm Winnekenni loop 5m in 821s

F - 5am Methuen rail trail 2 x Depot to Stateline for 5m in 733s

     1130am Industrial Park 3 in 803s

     3pm Kingsbury 6 in 801s

Sat - 7am 7 at Freeman Rail Trail with D-la (and Petey on the bike) in 838s
        930am really nice 5m in 854s

Sun - 730am 10 on the Bay Circuit Trail in E Bridgewater & Hanson in 746s

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Weekend Ride on the Groveland, Georgetown and Boxford rail trail

Had fun getting in a long ride on the Groveland, Georgetown and Boxford rail trail this weekend.  Perfect weather and probably the most scenic rail trail near here.  I hadn't been in a LONG time, I think Dan and I did it as a long run a bunch of years ago.  Mostly in great shape but a little rough for biking.  I may be a bit spoiled with smooth surfaces!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wachusett mountain - 25 years ago today

I ran my first Wachusett Mountain race 25 years ago today (05-27-95).  Along with the win I set a new course record of 24:37 topping Sean Livingston’s 25:04 from 1994. Bob Hodge and I ran together through the tough opening mile (6:02) before I pulled away for the win.  Since 1995 I’ve only missed the race twice (injured in 1997 & 2011).  With 23 finishes I’m tied for third most.  Hoping there will be a race up Wachusett later this year!

Name                # Finished         First Yr  Last Yr  Rank
Peter Orni                     25         1978     2019     1
Dan Wagner                  24         1993     2017     2
Ray Boutotte                  23         1998     2019     3t
Dave Dunham                23         1995     2019     3t
Paul Grant                     22         1998     2019     5t
Donald Hogardt             22         1993     2019     5t
Richard Stockdale          22         1998     2019     5t
Vin Rivard                     20         1994     2018     8t
Don Slovenkai               20         1980     2018     8t
Lisa Doucett                  19         1997     2019     10t
Walter Kuklinski             19         1999     2019     10t
Bob Hodge                    19         1993     2018     10t
John Bakstran               18         1996     2014     13t
Fred Ross                      18         1996     2011     13t
Bob Mulvaney                17         2000     2019     15t
Emer O'Donoghue          17         2001     2019     15t
Jay Daly                        17         1996     2014     15t
Todd Brown                  16         2004     2019     18t
Jeff Gould                      16         1994     2019     18t
Rob Bradlee                  15         1996     2019     20t
Ken Goodin                   15         2003     2019     20t
Len Hall                         15         1997     2019     20t
Rich Miller                     15         2001     2019     20t
Laurel Shortell               15         1999     2015     20t
Chris Harrison                14         2003     2019     25t
Richard Hudson             14         1998     2014     25t
Skip Cleaver                  14         1996     2013     25t
Jim Maloney                  14         1994     2009     25t

Most of the top 25 (from the CMS newsletter so mostly CMS finishers)
1          24:37    Dave Dunham    M20-39             CMS
2          26:14    Bob Hodge        M20-39             CMS
3          26:27    Dave Lapierre    M20-39             GLRR
4          26:41    Dave Hannon     M20-39             GCS
5          26:54    John Lachance   M20-39             CSU
6          27:55    Peter Blomquist M40-49             CMS
7          28:09    Tim Blouin         M20-39             NMC
8          28:32    Mark Kimball     M20-39             GLRR
9          28:44    Paul Hermes      M20-39            
11         29:00    Brad Hurst         M40-49             BAA
12         29:12    Peter Dane        M40-49             CSU
14         29:49    Jon Stableford    M50-59             MVS
15         30:20    Tobe Barksdale                         CMS
16         30:28    John Carey                                CMS
17         30:28    Vin Ricciardi                              CMS
18         31:16    Jim Impresscia                          CMS
20         31:30    Sue Lachance    F30-39              CMS
21         33:19    Jeff Gould          M20-39             CMS
22         34:44    Kevin Moroz                              CMS
24         36:14    Dave Walecka   M40-49             CMS
25         36:21    Harriet Myer      F30-39              CMS

From the CMS Newsletter

05/27/1995 – Dave Dunham (CMS) lowers the course record to 24:37.  Sue LaChance (CSU) tops the women’s field in 30:19 (CR). 163 finishers – near perfect weather conditions – clear; low humidity; mid-60’s; minimal wind.  After Bob Hodge (Clinton) winner of the 1993 Wachusett Mountain race, pushed the pace for the first mile, up aptly named mile hill road, Dave Dunham (Londonderry, NH) pulled away en-route to a course record 24:37.  For Dave, the 1994 Mt Washington Road Race winner, it was a first time effort at Wachusett Mountain.  Peter Blomquist (Worcester) topped two non-CMs runners – Brad Hurst of the BAA and Peter Dane of CSU in winning the men’s masters’ competition.  Over one third of the field – 57 runners in all – were in the men’s masters’ division.  Peter Orni (Fitchburg) was second to Jonathan Stableford of the Merrimack Valley Striders in the seniors’ division.  Eric Wysk (Oakham) was the second junior.  Harriott Meyer (Sterling) and 1993 winner Margo Webber (Boxborough) placed 2-3 behind Sue Lachance of CSU in the women’s division.  Lachance broke Margo’s 1993 CR of 30:20 by one second.  Laura Beckwith (Holden) was the first female senior and second overall among age 40+ women.  MariLou Crohan (Leominster) was the first and only femail veteran to make the 1095’ climb from the bottom of Mile Hill Road in Westminster to the summit of Wachusett Mountain. – CMS newsletter

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Weekend run on the Bay Circuit Trail

I did a little more running this weekend on the Bridgewater/W. Bridgewater section of the Bay Circuit Trail.  Fairly scenic but mostly a road run.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Weekend Group run

Ran with Jim P, Doug D, and D-la at Bradley Palmer State park.  Great day and great fun getting 10m done in the woods.

Week Ending 05/24/20

Sick all week with prostate issues (?).  Tried to not let it get in my way but thought it best to not do a workout this week, mostly due to a lack of sleep.

Still a decent week

Week = 92

Month = 319

Year = 1396

Life = 146,303

M – 5am Methuen rail trail 5m in 754s

        1130am Industrial Park 3 in 725s

        315pm Salem Rail Trail 5m in 757s

T  – 5am Methuen rail trail 5m in 734s

        130pm (after Dr appointment) 8 out/back on the Rockingham rail trail in 722s

W – 5am Methuen rail trail 5m in 753s

        11am (after Dentist appointment) River trail out/back 4m in 724s

        3pm Kingsbury 5m in 740s

Th – 5am Methuen rail trail 5m in 735s

        1130am Industrial Park 3 in 717s

        3pm Tough Trail loop 6m up Maiden hill in 845s

F – 5am Methuen rail trail 2xDepot to Stateline 5m in 716s

        1130am Industrial Park 3 in 703s

        315pm Salem Rail Trail 5m in 753s

Sat - 620am 4 on my own into 6 more with D-la, Jim P, and Doug at Bradley Palmer in 857s
      930am 5m nice relaxing run in 853s

Sun - 7am 10m out/back on the Bay Circuit Trail in W Bridgewater in 811s

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Three long runs

Last week I got in three long runs.  Running longer than 5 or 6 miles is a rarity for me even with 80+ mile weeks.  Last week I got in 95 miles and had long runs of 10, 12, and 13.  Pretty happy to be able to get our there.

On Thursday I did 12 miles in Amesbury, Salisbury, and Newburyport

On Saturday Jim Pawlicki joined me for a run in Bradley Palmer State forest
I closed out the week with 13 miles on the Bay Circuit Trail in the Hockomock Swamp