9 runs to the Chiropractor

Sometimes I am so stupid.

I know I have issues with my hip.  Fortunately I’ve been to the doctor and there isn’t anything physically wrong with it.

It began hurting about half way through last week.  I had already run about 6 days straight and was going to end up running 9 days, including a trail run.

Yesterday my run (after my day off) was not good.  I thought I was going to run hills or a tempo run.  I got outside and began a slow jog.  After a quarter mile I had horrible pain in my left ankle.  It was so bad I had to immediately stop and limp slowly.  After about 5 steps it got better and I was able to run again – what was that?

I felt good the first mile and then my hip started hurting.  By the middle of the second mile I was in quite a lot of pain.  It was similar to mile 20 of my marathon.

I ran through the pain, which usually works and it lessens.  I couldn’t get it to lesson yesterday.  Even so, my 4 mile run was completed 9:20 pace.

I went home, got my Gatorade and throw the stick with the dog.  I was licking my wounds when I read a post from one of my favorite bloggers RunningToHerDreams.  It really put me in my place.  Go here to read it: http://runningtoherdreams.com/2013/10/08/tootsie-tueday-3.

So I got on the phone and made an appointment with my Chiropractor.  I haven’t gone to him lately because by the time I go after work it can be after 4:00 before I get to my run.  That isn’t easy after getting up at 3:30 in the morning.

I guess I have no choice in this.  I will do what I have to.  I need to be able to run without pain and just enjoy running again.  I figured after several weeks off I would be better, but I am worse.  So I am getting help and pushing through.  Believe me when I say that no one wants to live with me if I can’t run. 🙂

Onto good news.  Below is a picture of my Nike app yesterday.  I finally crossed the 2,000 mile mark.  It has only been 19 months, so I am pretty happy.  I need these milestones to keep me going through the rough times.

19 months in the making

19 months in the making

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18 thoughts on “9 runs to the Chiropractor

  1. Congrats on the milestone! And I read her post – and completely get it. 3 months of no running with a stress fracture last year darn near killed the Hubs. I’m glad you are getting checked out. If anything, he can help you thru this so you can move towards running pain free. Praying for ya!

    • Thank you!! I can always use the prayer! I also wonder if my shoes may be the issue. Unfortunately I don’t have the money to experiment with different types. I may go to the local running store and see what they say.

  2. Wow, nice job on 2011 miles! I had to go check mine – I’m only at 545km – loooong way to go.
    I hope you can sort that hip out. Mine sometimes gives problems when I run slower than my usual(also slow) pace or run in any shoes with more than a 4mm drop.

    • Thanks! Interesting about your pace and shoes messing with your hip. I have been running slowly the past week. Also my shoes are 4mm drop and I wondered if I needed more cushioning. I’m lost at this point about where to go from here shoe wise. I guess that might be tomorrow’s post. 🙂

  3. Wowee! Well done on such a fantastic mileage! I loved Runningtoherdreams post too, she always makes me stop and think 😉

  4. Thank you for the mention, I sure didn’t feel inspiring or inspired writing it! 😉 I did however wake up with a fever and had to power through my police testing this morning, it was brutal. But the fever helps explain part of why I was feeling so low yesterday, that is encouraging. Awesomely done on 2K + miles! Hopefully with the chiro and being easy on yourself you will be running pain free soon! 🙂

    • Isn’t it funny how something we don’t even know is happening in our body can have a major effect on running. I’m sorry about your fever and hope your testing was successful. The Chiro went well. I think it helped, but even walking this afternoon was painful (but how can I complain). Thanks for all the encouragement!!!

      • Yeah it is and everything makes a little more sense! I am glad the chiro went well, be easy on yourself and I hope it feels better soon! As for me, the testing went okay, still running a fever and Buckaroo needed something printed last minute, we were out of ink and ran to Staples and realized I was wearing my yoga pants inside out! 😉 Looking forward to hopefully sleeping well and feeling better tomorrow. 🙂

  5. Wow nice work on clocking up 2000 miles! By my reckoning if you had started running from New York you would have just flashed your passport at the border to Mexico! You’re probably due a burrito!
    Hope your hip issue clears up soon. Have you recently changed shoe manufacture? Also, if they are the same shoes you wore in the marathon they may be past their expiration date. Very few shoes have cushioning that bounces back after 26.2 miles in one run!

    • That is a great way to look at the mileage! Funny too. I haven’t changed manufacturers of my shoes, but have had consistent problems since I moved to Saucony Fastwitch. I did were these in my marathon and didn’t think about there being any issue with their bouncing back.

      Anyway, I do want to switch shoes, but don’t know where to start with a messed up SI joint on one leg and a bad achilles on the other. Any help would be highly appreciated. I thought about writing Run Blogger, but wasn’t sure how to ask. Thanks Bernie.

      • I’ll admit to having had a burrito just before reading your post. It was already on my mind!
        Changing shoes while injured can be a problem because if the injury heals you don’t know if it was the shoes or you sorted out the underlying problem.
        If you do switch shoes, I would recommend going to a good independent running shop where they can do a gait analysis (treadmill running with video slo-mo playback) and you can try all sorts of different shoes and get their advice. I’m in London UK and have a store close by that does this AND they have a 30 day guarantee if they advise and fit you with shoes and they don’t work out for you. I’m not sure if you have access to a store like that near you, but if you do, I’d recommend you certainly try it out.
        Otherwise, try emailing Pete Larson, he might just be able to point you in the right direction!

        • I wish we had a dealer that offered gait analysis! I did end up at a local dealer last night and purchased some Brooks. Hopefully they will help. Either way Brooks does take them back within 30 days, so it is worth a try. Thanks for the help!!!

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