About a week after my last post, our dog, Buster Douglas aka Buddy, had his second case of vestibular disease. It was a scary few days but now he is back to almost 100%. There have been lots of jokes in our household over he and I being the injured running buddies. No running for either of us so we’ve been a tiny bit grouchy. On the bright side though, we’ve had more time for naps and eating, two of our other favorite hobbies. We are in full recovery mode together :)
To his dismay Buddy could not attend physical therapy with me when I started this past week. There I learned more about my form, muscle imbalances, and range of motion then I knew was possible. I always had this idea that my hips were weak from childbirth and basically from carrying a kid (or two) on my hip for years. It turns out my hips are not weak at all. My hips and core are incredibly strong, I just haven’t been engaging them at all. So I left the office on my first day with a set of exercises to do and- almost as important- a huge sense of optimism.
One of the main things I have learned about injuries this past year is that the injury spot is most likely not the source of the problem. The problem is almost always another weak area that has put too much pressure, by way of over-compensation, on that injured area. The human body is an amazing machine. It will adjust it’s workload from weak areas onto stronger ones almost without notice, but there is only so much those areas can take before they warn you and/or quit. Without going into boring detail, I have an idea of why the injuries on my right side have happened and I’m making progress towards addressing those weaknesses.
Cross-training has been happening almost daily. I type almost because unlike in the spring where I was pressuring myself to keep as much fitness as possible, I’ve been very lax this go round. There have been lots of long walks with the sweetheart pictured running on the trails below. Without any suggestion by me (though I was REALLY hoping) she decided to join Girls on the Run. In case you haven’t heard about this organization, its an amazing group for girls grades 3-6 to train for a 5K while learning about themselves, self-confidence, standing up to bullies, and other life skills. I was elated to hear she wanted to join. Look at her training:
I’ve also been biking and swimming as cross training, along with core, stretching, and some yoga. While I’ve been enjoying it all, I honestly cannot wait to run again. I feel like a tiger with a broken paw. It’s just not natural for runners not to run! It’s hard to be patient and I have a few more weeks of no running, so to keep myself off the edge I signed up as a pacer for a half marathon. The running store that I run for, Running, Etc., is arranging the pace teams for the inaugural Harbor Lights Half Marathon in Norfolk, Virginia on November 23rd.
I have paced friends in races before but never anything official so I very excited. J & A Racing always puts on fun events so if you are in the area, be sure to run it. I will be pacing the 1:45 group along with two other pacers. Let me know if you have any questions about the pacing or race. I’ll be working at the expo too and hope to see many of you there. Click on the picture to go to the race website.
That’s all I have for now. Hopefully next time I update this site, I’ll have running news to share. Also, Go Shalane Flanagan!! I can’t wait to see her go for that American Record in Berlin next weekend. Take care all!