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Running Again

Monday, October 15, 2012

I tried to run a year ago but stopped when a long episode of ITB (Ilio Tibial Band) Syndrome made me decide to stop. I started c25k again in July but started to get the ITB again at week 5. I was enjoying the running but wondered if it just wasn't for me so I made an appointment with my doctor to ask her about my knee and whether I should stop running. She said absolutely not and referred me to a running coach. I have had 2 sessions in the last 3 weeks and can't believe the difference. I have neuropathy in my left leg from back problems and apparently have an odd gait that is pulling on my ITB. She has taught me to change my gait in several significant ways so that now it doesn't hurt to run and my ITB symptoms have gone. More importantly ...I love running. Even though I have to think about my gait, my stride, my posture, my abs, etc. I am enjoying the experience of running even more than I had before. I have switched to Jeff Galloway's walk/run method and think that walking and running rather than straight running is better for my 65 year old overweight and injured body. Matter of fact, my body loves it.

I just got back from walk/running for 2.77 miles and I feel exhilarated. I would love to run even further, but I am following my coach's slowly increasing training plan and loving every minute of it. For me, running helps my spirit even more than my body. I am glad I can run.
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  • MAGGIE101857
    Great news! How did the doctor choose the running coach? Where does one start looking for one? I also use the JG method now that I am running longer distances - and it does make a difference! No shame in the run/walk/run method!!! Stay healthy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1974 days ago
    Super congrats on the distance and training!!! I use a walk/run method when running and rarely run the whole time anymore. I love that I can go longer distances this way. Keep it up!
    1974 days ago
    Awesome! I'm so glad you were able to find out what caused the pain and how to fix it. I love Jeff Galloway method and actually do better with it than straight running.
    1979 days ago
    Sounds like you've got a great coach and Dr. too! Good for you for following through!
    1980 days ago
    Daisy - that is great! Kudos to the doctor who supported your running and to you for being committed enough to follow through with a coach. Congrats!
    1981 days ago
    Awesome! I develop ITB syndrome occasionally and usually can manage it with a better gait, stretching and advil. Glad to hear that you worked it out and can run again!
    1981 days ago
  • RURAL3
    I think you have a great doctor. I have never heard of them recommending you to a running coach. I go to the doc and they tell me I'm too old (60) try something else I am missing cartilage in my knee and right now am working through a bone spur. But we gotta keep movin Glad you are doing well emoticon
    1981 days ago
    I can totally relate to your journey. Running always seemed to hurt and people would always say why are you running at 57...too hard on your joints, etc. I just love the challenge and being outdoors.... I had just switched to the Galloway Method when I completely tore my achilles tendon (tendon from heel to calf) in a stupid accident (I was running to get a running start to do a cannonball and slipped on the side of the pool and torqued my ankle causing it to rip).. I am now 10 weeks post surgery and the doctor has given me permission to jog/walk in 2 weeks!

    I can't wait to get started again. My guess is that I will probably start with a very low interval...10 to 20 seconds to about 3 minutes of walking.... and see how it goes...

    Congrats to you! You are very motivating and encouraging to me to start again!

    1981 days ago
    good do what you love . enjoy your run .
    1981 days ago
    That's very good news. I'm 65 also and a fan of Galloway. In fact it was the topic of one of my blogs this week.
    "Did you RUN the whole way?"

    I see we even joined SP the same month, but your journey is a lot more inspiring than mine.
    1981 days ago
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