Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fluff Running

Fluff running…What is that? Well I guess I am in the process of finding out after yesterday’s appointment. Late last week after realizing that I didn’t feel as great as I had originally thought after the marathon I emailed my sports chiro to see what she thought and of course I was on my way back there. This was only reinforced on Sunday when I decided to be smart and cut my run short very short due to pain and quit after 1 ½ miles.

Yesterday I had that appointment and wow, I thought things were bad before! I got both good and bad news…
  • Good News: The hamstring is only mildly achy and she couldn’t find any spots of “knots” or inflammation around the hamstring. And the area on the piriformis was also improved.
  • Bad News: The pain in now centered on the glute muscle and yikes! Anyone who’s done ART knows that you wonder what you have gotten yourself into! This time I was lying there clenched fists, trying to continue to breath and not scream. Today I still feel like someone repeatedly kicked my left side/butt L

We also made a plan to get me back…
  • Core/Glute Strengthening: Plenty of planks, eccentric strength work and focus on “whole” core work.
  • Fluff Running: Yep, I am back to square 1 but at least I am running when I can. I need to follow the easy plan with no speed or hill work and be okay with walking. Guess what this means…Naked Running (don’t get excited, it is summer and you’ll likely see me in a sports bra but no less!): Garmin and iPod at home.
  • Continue ART: I return next week for what we hope is a final session. I will continue to roll on my own. The best part, when I go back next week I get to run on the Alter-G Treadmill J
  • Cross Train: Bike, swimming and pool running with make up the bulk of my early marathon training. I am also focusing on strength still.


I am hoping with these few weeks of easy running, no race tonight and listening to my body I will be able to race on July 4th. I guess this injury has been going on since Spring 2012 so I can’t expect immediate response. I just got my new “MJ” ProCompression Socks and want to be a speedy runner in these soon!


Aren't these great?
Now is where I need to help: Hold me accountable to get in the pool! I will swim and I will enjoy it (or at least try!).


14 comments:

  1. Yay for the good news. Sorry to hear about the bad news. You have a great plan! Tell me your swim schedule and I'll text you GO SWIM! Will that help? I'm serious. I will if it will help :)

    You swim and I'll do my pushups so we will both reach our short term goal.

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    1. I love that idea! I will have to let you know :) After tomorrow's dance recital is done I can make time to swim!

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  2. Oh - sorry that you are injured (still)!
    Sounds like you have a great plan and hopefully knowing that sticking to the plan will have you out there logging miles sooner will help you do the swimming and/or biking and core/glute work!

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    1. Sticking with it is the tough part for me, I love to run and miss just taking off for long hard runs!

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  3. Ouch! I'm sorry you're still hurting!

    However, at least you have a plan and it sounds like you're going to do great with it! Now, get in that pool!

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  4. Post marathon is an ideal time to cut back. Have you ever tried MAF training? Running slowly in your heart rate training? Lots of great testimonials of people who have gotten faster using it, plus you're not putting your body at risk of injury because you cut out the intensity and learn to use fat for fuel rather than carbs. I'm intrigued by it!

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    1. I haven't tried that but sounds like a great plan since easy running is fine. I finally found a working HR monitor, somehow we have 4 that don't work!

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  5. Ugh, there's nothing worse than being told to cut back. I'm sorry you're struggling with this! I hope you're back up and running (haha, pun intended) by July 4th!

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  6. So sorry you are still injured! Sounds like you are making a great proactive approach, hope your healed quick and fully soon!!!

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    1. Thanks, trying to be positive on this and focus on the things I can do to be better in the long run :)

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  7. Sounds like a good plan for recovery!

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