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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...
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  • no profile photo CD522362
    I had to take a break from running due to injury and it was really valuable time. I learned about about myself. In the year I didn't run, I took up weightlifting, swimming, and cycling.
    4037 days ago

    It sounds like a very sound decision- I think taking things as they come ( see what the Dr says and so on) and "rebuilding" is totally smart! I am starting to work on my imbalances, as well and while I hope that I can keep running ( despite the hipflexor issues), I will remember your wisdom and how sometimes while it's hard to let go of the ego, it's the best thing for you!
    Good luck with the Dr appointment tomorrow and let us know what's going on!
    4037 days ago
    Definitely a second opinion is needed and if you are in pain and injured you shouldn't be running!

    Keep healing and let us know what the other doctor says. I'll see you at the Columbus Marathon in 2010!
    4037 days ago
    Best of luck on getting healthy, Molly. As you know, it makes all the difference in the world.

    I know what you mean about being injured for all of 2009. It's not fun.
    4038 days ago
    That's funny you went to the Reds doc - when I broke my arm, I saw the Bengals' doc! :)

    Seriously though, take it easy on yourself - I think you're absolutely right; your body is screaming for a break. Maybe try some yoga instead, or some other low impact activities like biking and swimming if you're itching to exercise. Healing vibes coming your way!!

    Oh, and yeah, I'm addicted to FB too!!! We should be friends :)
    4038 days ago
    I am giving running a break too for the same reason.... always being hurt. good luck at the doctors!
    4038 days ago
  • D_CLEM
    Take time to heal so that you can be a life-long runner!
    4038 days ago
    Thanks for sharing you situation.
    I go back & forth between I'm going to start running & should I start running?
    What would you advise?
    I can't afford to spend $$$ at the doctor.

    4038 days ago
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