Injured Running Buddies.

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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:
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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.
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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!

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20 thoughts on “Injured Running Buddies.

  1. I think it’s awesome you will be able to pace the half marathon. I paced the Charleston half one year and it was a lot of fun, actually the most fun half marathon I have done. Everyone was so thankful for the pacing and encouragement on the course. I bet you will love it!

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  2. Curious about what kind of exercises you’re doing to activate the hips and core. Would you mind writing a post about that sometime?

    Awesome that your daughter signed up for GoTR on her own — it seems like such a great organization.

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  3. So happy to hear you are on the mend Kris and that’s awesome news about your little mini-me taking up running. You just might have some competition now haha 🙂 Sorry to hear about Buddy but I’m glad he’s better. It’s nice you both have each other

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  4. Awwww this was a very heartwarming read Kris. As much as I wish you were not injured, you can already see the positive effect this injury is having on your perspective on your running, and your life. You are finding balance, and finding those areas that are weak, to make sure less happens in the future. I have been there, and it sucks, but you are making the most of it, and I KNOW you will come out the other side of this glad that it happened. Will miss seeing you at Chicago, but I know you will bounce back and be running with us again soon 🙂

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  5. Oh wow, what a sweet picture!! I just want to give your running buddy a big kiss!! Just too cute!! I wish you and your adorable pal all the best!! XOXO!! Have a fabulous Friday!! I live in Newport News, so the Harbor Lights Half sounds cool!! XOXO!!

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  6. Kris, your endless optimism and spunk is so inspiring! Keep doing everything you do! Glad you are enjoying your down time as much as possible. Might as well, right? Only makes it go by faster 🙂

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  7. I feel like we are kind of in the same place as far as running and injury recovery goes. Yes it stinks but we are doing other things and enjoying life along the way. You will get back to your fitness and where you were. You are the best Kris.

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  8. Great post! So glad you’re able to see a PT and figure out imbalances/weaknesses/etc. I remember realizing how weak and imbalanced I was and being blown away! Definitely optimistic! Can’t wait to see you come back. Stay positive, you’ll be back to your old self in no time.

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  9. I love your spirit Kris. The tiger with a broken jaw analogy…good one! Your daughter joining the Girls on the Run group…Ah, I loved this for my daughter when she did it!! I wish I would have convinced them to sign up again this year now that we are in Oregon again. I saw such good things with that program. A dream of mine is to start a program like that but for parents …specifically mothers and daughters but I think even sons and fathers too (or guardians or other family members in place of the parent if they don’t have one)…a group that would empower them with messages on self confidence, goal setting, positive messages , etc. All while working towards a 5k (health and fitness) and bonding/growing with their parent. It sounds like you are taking your healing process with such grace. I hope you continue to learn and heal up quickly! It will be fun to see you come back even stronger!

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  10. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking a few
    minutes and actual effort to generate a top notch article… but what can I say…
    I hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

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