- Hamstring. Over the summer, I worked at strengthening my hamstring and glutes (using the machines at Planet Fitness) and I think it's paying off. Well, along with listening to my body - I started to feel that nagging hammy/glute ache a couple of months ago, but stopped doing my hill repeats workout, and the ache is minimal-to-none at this point.
- Right ankle. This was the injury that began in January of 2011 and pretty much wrecked my running for that entire year. I had surgery on it in October 2011, and last year I made it through the season by having some occasional lidocaine injections into the ankle. I haven't had any in over a year, and it does bother me, especially when I pivot my foot when it's planted on the ground. When I'm warmed up, I don't notice the pain while I run, so I'm choosing to not get any injections in it at this time.
- Plantar Fasciitis/Achilles, left foot. This has been pretty painful, not gonna lie. I tried stretching, ice, Motrin, massage...and it was still there. I finally, and reluctantly, because I admit a strong bias against the field in general, went to a chiropractor; the reason I decided to go to this particular one is that I discovered many, many friends of mine see him. I kept hearing how he did such a great job of relieving their aches and pains, and he wasn't one of those chiros who wanted you to go in for an extended period of time for treatment - he pretty much says that if you don't get relief by your third visit, he probably can't help you. So I went to him on a Wednesday for my first visit, and then again on that Friday - this was the week before my 10K race a month ago. I was shocked to run that race with no pain. Seriously - I kept running, and my heel and Achilles kept NOT hurting - it was incredible. Now, the chiro recommended that I ease up on the long distances based on the state my Achilles was in, and I get that, but I have two important races coming up, so I'm going to continue to monitor that particular pain (it has come back to an extent, although nothing like it was), and I'm planning on going back in for another adjustment either this week or next week, and as needed leading up to Houston in January.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Body Assessment, Running-Wise
I am four months into training for my two upcoming half marathons, and it's time to assess the damage, aches, and pains. The good news is that there are no injuries, halleluiah!!! After the last few years, that alone feels like a huge victory. Now, I'm not without some issues, but here's what is going on with them and how I'm managing them: