Taking a break from running
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Well, the title says it all, in a nutshell. I tried going on my doc's advice that I could run but let pain be my guide, and running hurts. So, I decided to defer my race until next year, and not sign up for any more (even though the 100th running of my favorite 10K occurs on thanksgiving day) until I don't feel any more pain. My goal is to be healed by January, so I can train for the flying pig again.
Why? I just looked back on the entire year and realize that I have been hurt for ALL of 2009. That means I need to take a break. I have had pain for almost 10 months now, and have gained weight because of it. All of my runs are in my Garmin, and I went back to the beginning, when I got it. My first runs with the training group for the flying pig were at 9:25-9:30 pace. Now, my runs average a 12:30 pace. I think that means my body wants me to take a break, and heal up.
I have a second opinion with a different doctor (different practice) tomorrow. This doctor is very well known (team doc for the Cincinnati Reds). I am going to ask him what I should do. My other doc said I could run, but he didn't really say what I should do to get better. I haven't run since last Thursday, and , well it does feel a little better. There's still pain, and the morning is pretty bad, but it doesn't last all day. My plantar fasciitis, which is on my other foot is pretty darn bad, though. I think because I have been overcompensating.
So my plan is to heal, and then go through this program through the Running Spot called "Cure to Endure" which is supposed to teach you how to identify your musculoskeletal imbalances and correct them, and to strengthen your body to maximize performance. I think that's what I need. Some help with strengthening my muscles. I have done nothing but running for so long, I don't know what other stuff feels like.
Well, that's it for now. I have been MIA from spark because I have had problems with logging fitness (the trackers haven't been working well with my computer). Besides, I have developed a little addiction to facebook...