April 18, 2008
sometimes I think should just admit to insanity
This week has seen a nice improvement in my hip, probably thanks to my relay-teammate the chiropractor. He's seen me 4 times, done various treatments and therapies, and has taken care to re-assess me each time. And I've been able to increase my mileage bit by bit, from running minutes at a time to miles at a time. It doesn't feel great, but it's manageable, and a bit better every day.
Today's task was a 5-mile run. Usually I run in the morning before work, but today I had to go see the chiropractor very early and then rush straight to work. The chiro did a different treatment today, and sometime during my workday I realized my hip felt lots better, hmmmm. I started to think I might have a good run this afternoon, and then immediately I started to be afraid I'd have a terrible run in spite of feeling better, so here's what I did:
didn't get around to drinking enough water;
assumed (and maintained) an awkward, twisting position while giving a massage;
ate a medium-sized lunch, and
went out to run too soon afterward, in
77F sunny dry weather,
in shoes I'm not fond of.
And of course my hip hurt while running, and I had either a stitch or some ab soreness from the &^%#%^#( core exercises the chiro makes me do, and for the first couple miles I felt like I was running in sand, and I worried that my gait was off (it probably is, a little). And then sometime after 3 miles....you probably expect me to say that I grew wings at this point and enjoyed the mother of all runner's highs. Not at all; I just finally warmed up enough that the hip was very bearable (but my gait was still off) and my cadence got reasonable and the stitch faded a bit, and I was able to run a decent pace the last two miles, with the same level of discomfort that got me low 9s/high 8s the first few miles.
So I deliberately sabotaged today's run and still it wasn't too awful.
So let's see what tomorrow's better-prepared-for run will bring.
Posted by joe positive at April 18, 2008 5:26 PM
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