To Keep Moving as You Age Understand Your Steering Gear

To Keep Moving as You Age Understand Your Steering Gear

To keep your body moving as you age it pays to be aware of what you are doing. For instance, steering your body is in many ways similar to steering a car and the metaphor is instructive. Excerpt From: The True Story of Plantar Fasciitis: And Why Heel Injections Should Be Banned, Kindle Edition. There are interesting parallels between the way cars and your body function. They are both machines that do stuff, which ... Read more

Consider Present and Historical Baseline Fitness When Training for Aging

Consider Present and Historical Baseline Fitness When Training for Aging

How does one train? For Ironman? You train your body, you train your mind, you train your spirit, you train your ass off. For Aging? You train your body, you train your mind, you train your spirit, you train your withering ass off. While writing the second edition of my book on how to prepare for aging, under a new title, "How to Train for Aging, the Ultimate Endurance Sport," it occurred to me that one ... Read more

Hip Muscle Anatomy And A Muscle Day?

Hip Muscle Anatomy And A  Muscle Day?

The author (left) with his Jordy friend, Walter (a real runner), during a 4-mile run along beautiful nature trails near Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. If I decided to really understand each muscle (striated) in the human body, by studying one a day, it would take me about two years. Even then my understanding would be cursory, at best. While visiting my friend, Walter in England, recently, my intermittent ... Read more

He Who Has Not Sinned And PAD Hill Repeats

He Who Has Not Sinned And PAD Hill Repeats

Recent Instagram post by FitOldDog (Yours truly) from Lomas, near Torrevieja, Spain. Well, I did those peripheral arterial disease (PAD) painful and enjoyable hill repeats, ten in all, and they worked out well. Here's my PAD hill repeats training adventure for the day. Selected hill: 200 yards, climb 7-9%, 10 repeats, walk to start each time. PAD Hill Repeat Report All 10 - mild cardiovascular effort - ... Read more

When Treating Peripheral Arterial Disease With Exercise You Can’t Be Chicken: Further Observations

When Treating Peripheral Arterial Disease With Exercise You Can't Be Chicken: Further Observations

Galaxy loves to be picked up and petted. A lovely creature. Don't be chicken when you exercise with PAD, and NO! We do NOT eat our chickens. When treating peripheral arterial disease with exercise to improve the painful symptoms of claudication (which is screwing with my running, but not affecting cycling - interesting), there is a number of key issues to consider. Conditioning: Tight muscles are less readily ... Read more

Pressure Wave Interference when Running with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Pressure Wave Interference when Running with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

This is a cursory consideration of an interesting issue: Pressure wave interference when running with peripheral arterial disease. https://youtu.be/SCtf-z4t9L8 I have pretty severe vascular occlusion in branches of my right popliteal artery (partially blocked blood vessels in my right calf due to arteriosclerosis, reducing blood flow to tissues below my knee). This is further complicated by the presence of my ... Read more

Tight Calves? Stretch Your Hamstrings!

Tight Calves? Stretch Your Hamstrings!

I know it sounds weird, but if you have tight calves, stretching your hamstrings works better than a roller or using all those crazy calf stretching gizmos. Trust me! https://youtu.be/cArWgQXoktc I know, I said hip flexor instead of lateral hip rotator for the piriformis stretch. I guess I was distracted. Why did the music go on after the images? So you'll be encouraged to relax, chill out. Never force ... Read more

Timed-Mile with Peripheral Arterial Disease – Progress Towards Returning to Ironman

Timed-Mile with Peripheral Arterial Disease - Progress Towards Returning to Ironman

I really am looking forward to returning to Ironman racing, but there is some work to do, first. In 2008, I qualified for the Boston marathon, with the help of a great coach, Chris Hauth. I finished that marathon in 4:07:59, with seven minutes to spare, which guaranteed me a slot in the Boston Marathon, 2009.  Make sure you have a good coach! Chris Hauth spotted my heel strike, and taught me how ... Read more

Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.