If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

This was the news from my chiropractor yesterday.  I wanted to make my hip was well since I hurt it on the steps about 10 days ago.  He examined me, and did an adjustment and at the end said everything looked great.  He thinks my runs up the mountain at our state park have done wonders for me.

So I got home after that and a long day at work.  Not long hour wise, but long difficulty wise.  We moved our phones over from one carrier to another and our internet.  It was so crazy that I didn’t even get to eat lunch.  I got home and drank my apple cider vinegar and headed out for my run.

The beginning was a bit rough.  I had just been adjusted and my hip wasn’t too happy.  But after a couple of miles, my body fell into place and I ran great.  In fact I had to stop to take a phone call from work in the middle of my run and didn’t stop my app, but with that call, I still came in under a 9:00 pace and that was without eating all day.  My fastest mile was at an 8:12 pace.

I’m not going to make a habit out of not eating lunch, but I honestly think the apple cider vinegar gives me energy that I never had before.  Also for the first time in 2 years, I run and feel like I can push it if I want.  I “feel” like a runner and not an old man.

So all is well in body, mind and spirit.

I can’t ask for more than that.


12 thoughts on “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

  1. Awesome! You are a runner, through and through – good on your for embracing that. =) I’m definitely someone who eats to run, in that have to make sure that I get enough calories into me to fuel all the running that I do. Having said that, I really struggle to run after I’ve eaten, so I often find it easier to wait and eat afterwards too. For short runs of less than an hour it makes no difference to my energy, but it makes a huge difference to how my stomach feels!

    • Honestly, I run to eat, or used too. I run to keep my weight down (if I stop, I could starve myself and gain weight). And thank you on the “you are a runner”. I haven’t really felt that way until recently. Funny that I ran a marathon and still didn’t feel like a runner.

  2. I don’t like to have much in my stomach when I run, but obviously running on empty is bad. Finding the balance can be tricky, I guess.

    I’m not sold on the vinegar thing. Unless balsamic would work too 😉

    • It honestly was circumstances that made me run on an empty stomach. Probably the first time ever. I was just amazed that I could run so well without eating. Try the unfiltered vinegar for one week and let me know what you think… Maybe I’ll write a post tomorrow and ask people to try. I am amazed at the difference.

  3. Great news Tom. Sweet paces too.
    What’s the theory behind apple cider vinegar? I’ve not heard that one but as a kid doing lots of sport I used to crave a teaspoon of it after getting home from football. Crazy I know but now I’m wondering if my body was telling me something?!?

    • Honestly Bernie I mainly started using it to help with my weight. I was taking a week off and thought I’d give it a try. The benefit to my running was a great bonus. I don’t see much on the Internet specifically relating ACV to running improvement, but believe me that it works (at least for me).

        • I put 2 Tbs in about 2 oz of water (organic or unfiltered apple cider vinegar) and drink it down in the morning and again in the afternoon. I run in the afternoon shortly after I take that dose. It doesn’t taste good, but I am now getting used to it after about 10 days. I recommend having a piece of bread to eat right after. It helps take away the taste a little.

          Let me know how it goes. I am really wondering if this is just something my body needed or if it will help others. Thanks!

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