Listening To My Body
I've had monthly chiropractic appointments since August 2010 - when my IT band decided it hated me. Since I started going for my adjustments, I have been feeling great. Then in September, scheduling got complicated and I couldn't figure out how to make my appointments work, so I stopped going. I was feeling good, didn't feel any discomfort, so why not?
Then I ran MDI. The last 4 or 5 miles were on cambered roads. When for me = hell on my IT band. Ouch! It hurt a bit during the race, but then subsided. Or at least I ignored it. I didn't feel any discomfort after MDI because I had been taking it easy.
Then I started adding in more speed work to my schedule. Last Friday night I decided to do a modified Yasso 800 on the treamill with my 800's @ 3:40, 3:30, and 3:00. I kicked ass. I felt great.
After Sunday's long run with the girls - I started feeling sore. So sore, I called the chiropractor on Monday for an appointment. She readjusted me and I felt great once again. Dr. Johnson is my hero.
Then this week I hit the treadmills hard again. Tuesday I ran a progressive run for 6 miles - starting at 7 mph and ending at 8.8 mph. I felt incredible. Invincible. So I did it again on Wednesday, but this time 7 miles. This time I switched it up with 1 mile at 7 mph (8:34 pace), then 1 mile at 7.5 mph (8:00 pace) - and alternated from there. Again, I felt awesome. Sidenote: on Wednesday there were some hs boys on the treadmills beside me and the competitive part of me could not/would not let them run faster than I was. Am I pathetic or what? Seriously? I'm double their age and I'm racing them on a treadmill. I need to get a life.
Then while we were walking around last night, trick or treating with the kids, my back started to tense up and I started feeling quite sore - but only on my right side. Ugh! So frustrating. I knew what it meant- the damn IT band.
|Body Wreching my IT band and back - hurts so good|
Which meant today was a rest day - well, a stretch, yoga, roll day. And it's helping. Quite a bit.
|Working the pigeon pose as well. My all time favorite pose.|
And I had an awesome helper/photographer/partner as well. Yes, she's 3 and she takes awesome pictures. Although she's awfully demanding. Made me say "cheese" about 50 times for the pigeon pose pic.
What did I learn? I should probably never ever ever miss a chiropractor appointment again. I don't like this discomfort. Ugh. AND I should probably not push the speed work as much as I did so many days in a row post marathon. What was I thinking? I guess I better slow down and listen to my body. Especially if I want to continue to run and be pain free.