If my self-diagnosis is correct, I've just determined that I have Anterior Compartment Syndrome. Effectively, this is caused by muscle swelling that outgrows the sheath containing it. Sounds sexy, eh? When I start running, blood floods into my legs and my shin muscles become engorged (ooh baby) causing undue pressure on the sheath around the muscle. This results in an intense pressure down the front of my leg that forces me to stop running. i haven't experienced this since high-school PE class but really haven't done any extensive running since that time. A recent interest in the game of Ultimate has re-awoken my blood-thirsty shin muscles and their inadequately sized sheaths. I end up pairing myself with the slow guy on the other team and then limping around the field after him. Very exciting. I was hoping that 10 years would have 'matured' my legs so I no longer had this problem, but it just isn't so. I don't want surgery so am going to try some intensive massage that will hopefully expand the sheath and reduce the pressure.
Life: June 2004 Archives
Well, I'm getting ready to move to San Francisco. I've been in California for 4.5 years and have likely spent less than 15 days up in the city. I was at a movie in the Castro recently and I suddenly realized just what I'm missing. I dreaded the idea of leaving in 6 months or so and never really getting familiar with this famous city. One strong reason against moving was the commute. I never wanted to drive 1-2 hours a day just to get to work and back. Google has recently introduced a shuttle service that has 3 pickups in the city and gets you to the 'plex in 40 minutes or so. Same thing in reverse in the evening. Cool! Being fairly ignorant about the neighbourhoods, I asked some friends at work for their opinions on different areas. Later that day I found a annotated map printout on my desk chair. The map was of the city, and the annotations were a series of happy, indifferent and sad faces indicating the area's status. You can see the full map by clicking the image. Agree with the map? Disagree? I'm surprised with the close proximity of 'good' areas and 'bad' areas. One area: high-end residential area... walk two block: crack-whores. Perhaps something to do with the constrained land with no room to expand. I'm currently considering the Noe Valley area as many people at work seem to live there. Hearing lots of good things.