Running on the edge of inflammation
Thursday, February 04, 2016
It may sound a little strange, but that is how I view my running. I think the battle systemic inflammation that likes to crop up in nagging little injuries. A sore foot here. A twinge in the hip there. Today, it was the lower outside of my knee.
I know that I do not have yet the muscles that I need to run well. Inactivity really did a number on me last year. Everything from the core to the quads, the glutes to the muscles inside my feet... They all are having demands placed on them that they aren't quite really ready to deal with. They react by hurting, by tightening up, by adhering to each other, and by placing strain on other areas of the body that wouldn't normally feel it.
There's not much to be done other than to curb my impatience, to strengthen gradually, to stretch, to use the foam roller, and to keep at it. Years ago I used to run a lot and had many injuries from that hobby. I didn't consistently care for my body the way it needed and so it rebelled.
Now, every time I have a twinge, I worry if it is an injury. Did I over do it? Am i progressing too quickly? Yet can I afford to not take chances at this point in time? Staying in the recliner seems like both the safest and the most dangerous thing I could do at the same time. Safe because it does not aggravate an injury. Dangerous because it creates the conditions for them in the future.
So I push it, back off a little, push it again, back off again trying to do as much as I can and then maybe a little more as long as its not too much.
I wish I wish I wish I wish I wish I had not spent the last 8 months in my recliner. And I am so so so so so grateful that I got out of it when I did.