Sunday, April 18, 2010
This could get long winded so I won't blame you if you use the bathroom and grab a snack before reading any further...
Ok, well it's been a couple weeks since I wrote an actual blog and there's plenty of material to cover.
As most of you already know I've been dealing with some knee issues. It started with the left, but I believe all the favoring the left leg got the right one bothering me. I've also been dealing with some piriformis in my right hip, but I thought it was under control as well. I was using my foam roller religiously for a few weeks, but then got lackluster using it. Much like most people do when taking on losing weight; the newness wore off.
All along I was thinking it was a hamstring issue, but during my massage treatment on Friday the LMT told me that my quads seem over developed and EXTREMELY tight as well as the tibialis anterior (shin muscle). She also found that I'm carrying a lot of tension in my hips; big shock. I've scheduled another appointment with her for Tuesday to work more tension out. So instead of constantly stretching my hammies; I should be stretching my quads. So, I'm back to using my foam roller and a tennis ball to break up the adhesions.
During all of this I've scheduled an appointment with my ortho doc. I saw him before deciding to train for the half and now it's less than 2-weeks to go and I'm dealing with all knee issue. I've received some great encouragement and wisdom from my Sparkfriends through out all of this and I've taken it under advisement. I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet, but depending on what the doc says Wednesday I've got to consider that option. This has weighed heavily on my mind and heart over the past week or so. I've put so much time into this training and I'm just now starting to FEEL good about going out for a long distance.
I'm not much for OTC meds, so I've looked for alternative solutions. To help with the rigors of training I'm now taking 1 oz. of cherry juice concentrate each day. There's been great research on the benefits of cherry juice as an anti-inflammatory.
This all leads today's run; 10-miles. I had low expectations and fully expected for my knee to give me fits almost right away, but I had to at least TRY. So I dressed, readied my fuel belt and went out for a warm up walk. Upon returning I stretched, strapped on my belt, put my ear buds in and started some music. Standing at the end of the driveway I launched my run tracker program and thought about the possibilities. I started out with a slow trot and it felt good. I follow about the same path to start and I realized at about mile-1 that I hadn't heard any feed back from my run tracker. I stop and see that it didn't start at the beginning, so add one mile at the end of the day. Looking at the map for the half there is plenty of turns, not much long straights, so I used a quiet neighborhood to do loops through the streets. So, how did it all go? AWESOME! My knee felt great! No pain, no soreness. So 10-miles covered in 1:49:47. My body BEGGED to go faster, but I kept it reined in. My average HR was only 139, so plenty of room to go faster as long as the body is willing. My theory is that running the track at the gym is what's bothering my knee. I go on Tuesday/Thursday before yoga and the direction is the same each time; right knee inside. So, no more track running until this all gets cleared up. Shouldn't be any trouble since the half is less than two weeks off anyhow.
So, barring the doctor saying ixnay on the half-ay I'm feeling much better about the whole thing. Today confirmed my feeling about running. The sheer determination about going out and putting down 10 miles. I'm anxiously awaiting for this half to be over, so that I can go back to doing things for fun. This training has become a part time job. It's taking me away from things I want to be doing (HELLO BIKING!).
Thanks for all your support and love friends. This is why Spark is so successful; friendship. I'll post later this week once I've seen the doc and his conclusion.