Posts Tagged ‘ Running ’

Running Behind

summer-runningI have been a total flake with my blog lately! My running has taken off and I’ve been loving every minute. I finished my first race back from my injury with a 10.35 minute pace. Not bad! Now I just need to work on improving my time and form. My next race is a 10k on September 29 that supports a local cancer center. After that I’ll have a 5k a month until February when I run my favorite Superbowl Sunday 4-miler. Fun!

It’s beyond amazing to be able to run again. And it inspires me too. Every hill and difficult mile I run, I remind myself how lucky I am to be running again and it pushes me to finish strong.

Let’s Get This Party Started!

happy_runnerFinally. Finally! I’m back to running. Hooray! It’s been a long road and I still have a ways to go, but I’m happy to say that I’m once again lacing up my Nikes and hitting the pavement. 😀

Happy running, my friends! 🙂

The Power of Positive Thinking

Positive-ThinkingToday will be my first day “back in the saddle.” Or, rather, back on the Pre-Cor. Although I’m itching to run, I’m restraining myself for the sake of healing. Tonight I’m going to lace up my sneaks, drive to the gym through the buckets of rain that have descended on Central Jersey, and do cardio for the first time in over a month. Yikes! I’ll start with some strength training to warm my muscles up, followed by some light stretching, then on to the Pre-Cor.

I’ve been good about applying heat to my injury a couple times a day for 15-20 minutes each time. My plan is to do cardio for only 10-15 minutes at a snail’s pace. I’ll stretch again after my cardio, paying special attention to my hip/groin, then ice when I get home. The hardest part will be not pushing myself. It’s really hard for me not to feel like a failure if I’m not sweaty and (happily) spent after any cardio. I need to keep in mind that my goal is to run consistently again and whenever I want to. This won’t happen if I push myself too early and set myself back thus prolonging my recovery time even more than I have already.

I did notice that before I was ordered to rest for a few weeks by my doctor, any strength training I did, especially for my legs, seemed to help ease the strain on my injury. I’ll focus again on building up a strong core, glutes, and legs in hopes that my propensity for injury will lessen.

This all said, I believe that a key factor in my recovery is my mental state. For months now I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to recovery and get back to running. Frustrated at the lack of results, I’ve noticed that I get down on myself for not being successful. Rather than focus on what I can do, I’ve focused on what I can’t. Instead of celebrating small victories, I get disappointed at what I see as failures. I know that positive thinking is a HUGE part of healing and succeeding. I need to work on looking at what is good and using more positive, affirming thoughts. If I don’t believe I can get better, then I won’t. Runner’s World recently had a great article on how to change the way you think in order to become a stronger runner. As any runner knows, it’s one thing to be in shape physically and a whole other thing to be in shape mentally.

My goal is to not only run again, but facilitate my recovery through positive thinking. Happy running! 🙂

Getting Results

splitinroadMonday I had my follow up with my ortho doc to discuss the results of my MRI. The MRI itself was uneventful. Not as scary as I thought it was going to be which was a relief. It took about 25 minutes. My head wasn’t completely inside the tube since the scan was of my pelvic area, so I didn’t feel claustrophobic at all.

The doctor spent a half hour basically telling me that the MRI results were inconclusive. The good news is there were no apparent tears or other damage. The bad news is the doctor wasn’t really able to point me in the right direction. His advice? Rest. Apply heat. See him in 6 weeks.

Awesome.

After my visit with him, I headed straight over to my chiropractor to get a much needed adjustment. I love my chiropractor as well as getting regular adjustments. For those of you who don’t see one, I highly recommend it. You don’t realize how out of whack your body gets until someone puts you back in place. I always feel amazing whenever I leave.

When I saw her I mentioned my persistent discomfort and what the ortho doc had told me. After manipulating my leg through a few different stretches, she said she didn’t think rest would help because I’ve been resting and haven’t seen a marked improvement. She recommended that I see a physical therapist who also is an ortho guy who specializes in sports medicine. Her daughter saw this guy and it really helped. Her conclusion? Scar tissue build up. See a PT. Work it out don’t rest it.

Today I saw the PT. He was a really nice guy who talked to me for a while about the pain, then put me through a series of intensive stretches. Like many runners, I’m very inflexible, so it hurt! His theory is that my pelvis is out of line which in turn pulls my muscles out of line, puts strains on my ligaments and causes pain as I do cardio or other specific strengthening exercises. He worked for a while on pulling, pushing and moving my leg to try and get any parts that may have shifted back into place. He left me with this advice: Do hip flexor exercises, start back with light cardio and strength training, and come back to see him in a week.

Three “experts,” three different ideas of where I should go from here. So where do I go? What can I do to be smart and get back to running again? Here’s what I’m going to do: Light cardio, strength training, stretching, ice and heat. My main problem is that I get so excited to workout that I do too much too fast and end up worse than when I began. So this time I’m going to work at being smart, starting slow and stopping before the pain starts rather than when it starts.

Wish me luck! 😀

Next Step to Recovery

HealingDespite how difficult it is, I’m continuing to rest and take it easy while I figure out what’s going on with my injured hip. I have an MRI scheduled for Saturday then a follow-up with my sports medicine doc the following week. I’m a little nervous as I’ve never had an MRI before. From what I understand, you lay on a board that then slides into a long metal tube. There are closed MRIs and open MRIs when the tube is above and below you, but open on the sides. I’m having a closed MRI because my doctor says they’re more accurate. Once inside the tube, you lay there for about 45 minutes while they scan whichever area needs scanning.

I’m going to bring a PlayAway, a small portable device that contains one book and is about the size of a pack of gum, to listen to while I’m getting scanned if I’m allowed to. I borrowed The Hunchback of Notre Dame from the library and have been listening to it whenever I get a chance. Since it’s over 14 hours, it’s taking me a while!

Here’s hoping it all goes well and that the MRI shows what’s going on. I’m excited and nervous about what they will find as it will make it more real but then I can hopefully figure out a plan of action to work toward my recovery.

 

The Next Step

doctorQuick update on my injury. Visited a sports medicine doctor yesterday. He was one of those old-school, no BS doctors, which I really appreciate. After asking me a series of questions about when and how the injury happened and what causes it to hurt more, everything, or less, nothing. Then he had me do a series of leg lifts, pushes, pulls and presses so he could try to pinpoint what the injury might be. After those he took X-rays to rule out any injury to my bone. Fortunately, the slides came back clean with no evidence of any bone damage. So he sat me down to discuss a plan of action. It pretty much boiled down to this – REST. Then rest some more. And after that I should REST. I’m not sure which hurts more, my injury or the command to rest. What he said made sense, but was hard to hear for someone who loves being active and, even more, loves to run. But I’m going to take his advice and the advice of other runners in both resting and also thinking positively about healing.

What’s next? I’m going to go in for an MRI then a follow-up with my doctor. Hopefully the MRI will be able to pinpoint what exactly is going on and I’ll be able to discuss a more specific plan of action, or a timetable, to help facilitate my healing and get me back to running faster.

Until then…happy running! 🙂

Going Long

hillrunningMy goal is to run a half-marathon this fall. After my injury heals, and I’m sure it will, I plan on tackling a training plan that will get me back on the road and on my way to running a successful half. Tomorrow is my visit with the sports medicine doc where I’m hopeful that I can get the tools needed to run again. It’s not going to be an easy road, but I’m a runner. I’m strong. I’m motivated. I’ll tackle each hill one at a time until I’ve conquered them all.

Next up: finding the perfect plan to promote healthy running! 🙂