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CSE Baltimore Marathon is Saturday!

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I know I haven’t really been good at updating lately (will be better), but on Saturday I will be running my 7th CSE Baltimore Marathon! I am looking forward to the race and the great weather! Good luck to everyone running hope to see a number of you out there!

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Long Overdue Post Baltimore/Hip Surgery Update

I know it has been a long time since I posted, but I am going to start posting again on a more regular basis. For those of you have not been following me, I had the honor of winning the Baltimore Marathon for the second time back on October 17th 2015. It was a great experience and once again the support of the city of Baltimore was amazing. Corrigan Sports continues to do a superb job of organizing running events in the Baltimore area. Other events include the Baltimore 10 Miler and the Frederick Running Festival. I would like to thank Jami Gobao and her Under Armour team not only for their support, but providing me with the most bad ass running gear for training and racing. If you have not tried any of the new Under Armour running shoes you are definitely missing out. I would also like to thank Custom Collagen and Dominic Sessa. I have been using Custom Collagen Hydrolyzed Gelatin ever since injuring my hip leading up to the 2014 Baltimore Marathon. Not only has it helped with my overall well-being it allowed my hip to reach a point that I was able to train and race after doctors told me it would not happen without surgery. It has also helped my recovery from the arthroscopic hip surgery I had back in November (more about the surgery below). Leading up to the 2015 Baltimore Marathon I tweaked my hip again by stepping in a hole while running on a grass field with high grass. Over the past 4 years I would get my hip to a point that I could train/race, but all it took was one slip on mud/ice or stepping into a hole to bring back the pain in my hip. Unfortunately this past fall it happened again a little over one month before the race. With the Baltimore Marathon being so close taking time off was not an option. I ended up changing my entire training program to one where I would do one big workout (high volume/high intensity) once every 4 days. The three days in between would consist of two days off and one day of 20-30 minutes of running. By the fourth day my hip was recovered enough to put in another long/hard effort. In addition to the training changes I was able to see Dominic Sessa a few times in the weeks leading up to the race. The body work he did was amazing. I have never met someone with as much knowledge of the human body and how the different parts interact than Dominic Sessa.

Post marathon I spoke with Medstar Doctor Kenneth Tepper who I had seen in 2013 (along with Doctor Matthew Sedgley) after dropping out of the marathon halfway with left hip/leg pain. First he told me he could not believe I was able to run a marathon with what he had seen in the MRI I had done on my hip 1 year ago. Then he told me when I was ready to take care of my hip once and for all that I should let him know. I had another MRI completed and he performed arthroscopic surgery on my left hip on November 23rd. Initially Dr. Tepper had thought it would just be a simple repair of a torn labrum, but after going in he decided that the head of my femur needed to be shaved down as well. Shaving the head of the femur made it more symmetrical and would hopefully keep the injury from ever occurring again. While repairing the torn labrum he also had to re-attach it with some plastic screws and sutures.

I did not run a step for almost 16 weeks, but was able to ride the stationary bike after around 8 weeks. I am happy to say that I am back to running again and expect to be back to 100% in the next few months. I am still not 100%, but have been able to get in some solid mileage and workouts over the past couple of months.

I am going to do another post about this later, but my next race is going to be the Baltimore 10 Miler on June 4th. I have done the race 3 times before and thoroughly enjoyed my experience each time. If you would like to do the race you can get a $10.00 discount if you use this code B10ZOO !!! It will also be televised live on WMAR ABC2!

Articles from Baltimore Marathon 2015

Long Overdue Baltimore Marathon/Injury Report

I know it has been a LONG time since the Baltimore Marathon, but here is an update of what happened during the race and my hip injury…

For those of you that do not know, leading up to the Baltimore Marathon I ended up having what I thought to be a small issue with my left hip. I had stepped in a hole while running in a field with high grass and felt a familiar pain in my left hip the next day. Normally this pain comes when slipping on mud or ice and will go away if I take a week or two of no running. Taking a break from running was not going to happen this time as the the Baltimore Marathon was less than 1 month away. I had a goal of not only trying to win again, but to represent the people of Baltimore and everyone else who believed/supported me. Leading up to the race I ended up limping through runs…running a 1:10 half marathon at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon (which I probably should have not run…) and then taking off a few days to see if my hip would feel better. Unfortunately my hip was hurting to a point where I was limping even when walking. I kept my head up and remained positive through the whole experience and really thought I could go and run under 2:30 and win Baltimore again. Well….that did not happen. My hip hurt from the first step of the race and got progressively worse as the race continued. By the 6 mile mark I was already starting to wonder if I was going to finish the race. I kept pushing…hoping that the pain would eventually subside (normally as I get warmed up it would go away), but this time the pain stuck around and was getting worse with every step. I ended up stopping at right around the halfway mark of the race. I immediately sat down on the curb in tears as I really thought I would have been able to make it, but it was not happening. A few different people and my family (who were at the halfway mark) came over to see if I was okay. Two different people told me to keep my head up and that I was still their hero. Hearing those words and having my family with me definitely helped. I know it was only a race, but I did feel like I was letting a number of people down.

Immediately after stopping I quickly realized the severity of my hip pain. (I guess the running motion and endorphins kept my body from truly realizing how bad the injury had gotten.) I stood up from sitting on the curb and could not even take a step on my left leg without my whole left side giving out. Thankfully my family was there (specifically my wife (Amanda) to help me hobble to the other side of the road and sit on the curb while race officials sent for medical personnel. Eventually I was picked up by medics in a gator and was transported to the medical tent where I was fortunate to have some great sports medicine doctors waiting to examine me (specifically Dr. Matt Sedgley). He told me they were watching me on the big screen tv in the medical tent and could tell that both my form was getting worse and my limping more pronounced and it was just a matter of time before they saw me. They examined me and told me they wanted me to go to the emergency room to get an x-ray after leaving the race and to get an MRI within the next couple days as well. I am fortunate to be working at Stevenson University and have access not only to Dr. Matt Sedgley, but also Dr. Kenneth Tepper who is an orthopedist who has a lot of experience with hips. Both doctors work with our student athletes and are great to work with. After being examined I was pushed by wheel chair to the Under Armour tent where my family and I were able to get some food and drinks. It was a great experience and I am fortunate to be affiliated with Under Armour. Here is a picture of some of the Under Armour elite runners that were there for the weekend:

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After leaving the the Under Armour tent and getting a ride to our car by a police officer in a gator (glad they offered as it would have taken forever to get to the car on one foot…the medical staff were not allowed to give out crutches) we went to Union Memorial Hospital where they did x-rays of my hip/low back. Fortunately the x-rays came back negative…having no actual breaks seemed like good news, but I still could not put any weight on my left leg. The next step was an MRI and I was able to get an appointment the next evening…

The day after getting the MRI I received a phone call from Dr. Sedgley. The first words out of his mouth were, “I have no clue how you were able to run on what I am looking at right now…you must have an extremely high pain tolerance.” The diagnosis was a stress fracture in the femoral neck along with a small labral tear. He went on to tell me that had I tried to finish the race I would have risked a complete fracture and never running at the same level again. Apparently breaking your femur is not fun as it would require both bone grafts and a metal rod. I am glad that I stopped!

After 6 weeks on crutches and a ton of time on the stationary bike along with rehabilitating exercises I am slowly building my running back up to where it was before the injury. I can finally say that I am at a point where I can do some harder workouts and long runs without feeling my hip too much either during or the next day.

Here are a couple of interviews from before and after the race:

Before: http://www.wbaltv.com/sports/homegrown-baltimore-marathon-winner-looks-for-repeat/29099222

Me After: http://www.wbaltv.com/sports/dave-berdan-talks-hip-injury-withdraw-from-marathon/29211300

Brian Rosenberg Interview after the race (Brian is a good friend and I am glad he was able to win the race!): http://www.wbaltv.com/sports/marathon-winner-talks-big-win-berdans-injury/29211112

Once again the staff of Corrigan Sports and the Baltimore Marathon did a wonderful job with the event. I will definitely be back again and would recommend the event to anyone!

I want to thank Under Armour for the continued support. They have been great and I can assure everyone that they have everything “right”. Their current and new shoes are incredible. If you have not tried out the new Gemini’s or the Speedform RC / Apollo vent shoes I would encourage you to do so!

I also want to thank Kind for their support on the nutrition side. Not only is their products tasty, but they are extremely healthy! They also do a great job of being involved within the community…making the world a little kinder!

 

Baltimore Marathon

The Baltimore Marathon is on Saturday! I apologize for not posting in a while, but I have been extremely busy with my new job as the head cross country coach at Stevenson University. Training had been going extremely well up until about 3 weeks ago when my left hip/glute area started bothering me. As with a number of my other injuries it was something minimal that turned out to be much more. In the past it it happened after slipping on ice or mud. This time it happened by stepping in a hole while running in a field with high grass. I am not sure of the exact mechanism of the injury, but I feel like it is a strain to my rectus femoris origin up by my hip/groin area and/or my psoas. I feel like something is contracted in defense and won’t let go…not sure if that makes sense. Anyway it causes a misalignment of my pelvis and a number of issues come up.

With all of that being said I am still running the marathon on Saturday. It was never a thought of mine not to do the race. It is such a great event with such wonderful people. I have been able to get some strong NSAIDs and with the help of them and some adrenaline/endorphins I feel like I will be ready to go for the race.

Also, here is an interview done by Kate Amara from WBAL:

http://www.wbaltv.com/sports/md-runner-looks-to-win-marathon-again/29107210

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the race!

-Dave

Training from 8/4-8/10 (in Bald Head Island)

Here is my training from last week. Nothing too crazy. I kept my runs/workouts to less than 1 hour a day, but added more intensity.

 

 

Monday

Dirt Road (Bald Head Island…rolling—>flat)

– 10 minute warm-up

– 6 x 5:00 w/3:00 recovery

– 5:00 cool-down

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Tuesday

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52 minutes pushing Colin in stroller while Amanda and Evan rode bikes

Wednesday

Dirt Road (Flat–>rolling)

– 5 minute warm-up

– 40 minute tempo

– 3:00 recovery

– 4 x :30 HARD with 2:00 recovery

– 5 minute cool-down

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Thursday

45 minutes with Evan riding his bike

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Friday

Dirt Road (flat—>rolling)

– 7 minue warm-up

– 16 x 1:10 hard/1:50 easy

– 6 minute cool-down

30 minutes pushing Colin in stroller while Amanda and Evan rode bikes

Saturday

 

25 minutes with Evan riding his bike (several surges of 1:00-1:30)

Sunday

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I’m Alive…Update on Life and Training

I’m alive! I apologize for the delay in updates. It has been a whirlwind since Vermont City with the end of the school year and then starting my new position at Stevenson University. I had not been training much either. I had a scare with my peroneals on my right side and then it switched over to my left. I still have some lingering pain on my left side, but it has been getting better day by day. The promising sign is that it is getting better each day even with me increasing training volume and intensity.

I am going to make a longer post in the near future about my new position at Stevenson University and my journey leading up to this point….

Below is my training from last week and the first part of this week. The two weeks before that were all over the place, but significant workouts included 6 x 1:30 uphill one day and 3 x hill circuits on another. Everything else was just easy running with my peroneal issues.

Monday:

–          53 minutes on roads/sidewalks

Tuesday:

–          55 minutes easy on roads/sidewalks

Wednesday: (Grass Athletic Field at Jemicy School)

–          20 minute warm-up

–          12 laps of athletic field alternating 1 lap hard with 1 lap moderate (hard lap was around 1:20 and moderate around 1:40…I do not know the distance)

–          15 minute cool-down

Thursday:

–          1:22 on hilly roads/sidewalks

Friday:

–          55 minutes easy on grass

Saturday:

–          20 minute warm-up

–          16 x :30 HARD (3k effort) with :35-:40 recovery on flat section of dirt road (last 2 were run HARD!)

Sunday:

       – OFF (Traveling back from Pocomoke City, MD)

Monday:

–          1:46 minutes at Soldier’s Delight (25 minutes there and back, but everything else on trails) (1 x :35 HARD over last 2 minutes)

Tuesday:

–          30 minute warm-up

–          6 x :12 Hills sprints with 3:00 jog in between

–          12 minute cool-down

Wednesday: (Grass Athletic Field at Jemicy School)

–          22 minute warm-up

–          8 x 3:00 moderateàhard with 1:00 recovery jog (going through each lap around 1:23-25)

–          5:00 jog

–          1 lap Hard in 1:05

–          15 minute cool-down

Thursday:

–          2:15 in Soldier’s Delight (pictures below) (2 x :20 HARD/UPHILL over last 5 minutes)

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

 

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Vermont City Marathon

By now most of you know that my Vermont City Marathon experience did not go 100% as I expected it to go. I want to start by saying, it’s only a race…everyone has bad days….there are many more races to run in the future. A friend of mine (Mike Simonds) brought to my attention that it is okay to have “off” days and everyone has them. He also mentioned that another thing that has helped him keep things in perspective is thinking of people like Sarah Defren who lost her life at the Frederick Half Marathon. When you think of it like that it really is just a race and you should take some time to enjoy the fact that you are actually able to be out there doing it and working together with every single other person in the event. Another example, my wife’s grandmother (Nanny) has been sick over the past couple months and today, after my wife had been through the stress of hearing about me being in the medical tent and wondering if I was okay, she received a phone call from her father saying that it did not look good and she should come down to see her asap. Now, I’m in Vermont and my wife and kids went to go say goodbye to Nanny without me… It is also not normal for me to travel without my family and I miss them immensely! I love experiencing new places with them…

About the race:

After going out in 5:30 for the first mile I ran 5:11, 5:11, 5:07, 5:18 for the next four miles. My original goal was to run 5:17/mile and I definitely think that those early faster miles could have been a little “too” fast. I noticed I did not feel “right” as soon as 3 miles into the race. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but it was definitely a feeling of the pace not being right. In hindsight I should have probably gone out a little slower, but it sounds like the heat eventually got to everyone. By 10 miles I knew it was going to be a “long” day and I started to slow down significantly. I told myself that I was still going to finish the race as I had come all the way up to Burlington and did not want to let down the race organization, my family, and anyone else that was pulling for me. Unfortunately everything started to go downhill fairly quickly. 6:00/mile ended up being hard and eventually between 17 and 18 miles I almost blacked out twice. After the second time I almost blacked out I decided to try and continue running until I saw the next race official. When I eventually saw a race official I felt like very muscle in my body was cramping up….from my feet all the way up to my neck. I ended up sitting on the road with the help of the volunteer and they called for medics. I had expected a car or ATV to come and pick me up and take me to an “official” medic tent, but the local fire department paramedics ended up coming to get me. In hindsight I am glad they came as I was not doing well and had never felt that way before.

Now, of course I am trying to figure out what I did differently, why did it happen to me, how am I able to get in 20-30 miles in training and not have issues like this….. I can say that one main fact that stands out is in training I do not take any fuel. I complete almost every workout in a “fasted” state and only take in electrolytes and maybe some caffeine. I have to get over the fact of thinking that during the marathon I should take in carbohydrates and go crazy with carbo-loading in the days prior. I need to stick with what works. Sure I think it might be beneficial to take some carbs later in the race, but I need to stick with what works. In the future I am going to do that….and maybe carry a gel or two and use them late in the race when I actually feel like I need them…..

With all of that being said I do realize that it is just a race and that there will be many more opportunities to run races like Vermont City in the future. 

I also want to thank the organizers at Vermont City….Joe Connelly, Lyman Clark, Zeke Tucker, and all of the other wonderful volunteers for making it such a great experience for me. It is definitely a race that I would love to come back to in the future! I’m glad I had the opportunity to come up to Burlington and be part of such a great event!