It takes a village

It take a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a village to keep this runner healthy too!

I was thinking today, after i had spoken to my acupuncturist, massage therapist, and chiropractor, all in the same day that Wow, it really takes a village for me. Of course, i didn’t see all of those today but i was in contact with all of them for one reason or another- Jessica from Midtown Acupuncture because we’re meeting there before some runs, Ed my massage therapist because I wanted his opinion on a client with achilles tightness, and Dr. Brad from Cole Pain Therapy because i went to get an adjustment. If only i could have worked in time to talk to Joel, my Physical Therapist, i would have had my entire wellness network covered in one day.

No, i am not a celebrity nor am i a professional runner. I am, however, a person who has to use her body every day for work AND for fitness so i tend to struggle with more issues than the average person. I don’t get to see any of them as often as i would like but i’m trying to stay healthy and nip things in the bud before they get too bad.

It’s funny how I’ve really fallen into place with this entire network of professionals and it’s so interesting to me how well they are all intertwined. I am assuming none of them know one another. I would love to change that. I would really love to have them all move into my extra bedrooms!! Wouldn’t that be super cool to have all of these disciplines at your beck and call?

Why do i go to all of them and not just pick one? They compliment each other so perfectly. I started with Jessica for acupuncture. I went my first time as a skeptic and left a believer. She worked on some muscular issues and also some digestive issues. Amazing the difference immediately as well as the lasting effects. I believe the chiropractor came next. I think this was what freaked everyone out. I was that person who really thought i would never go somewhere to have someone “pop my neck.” I had a severe and debilitating pain on a run, couldn’t get in to see my internist, Jessica was out of town, and Keith convinced me to give the chiropractor a try. I guess i was stupid enough to think that really all they wanted to do was crack my neck. I was happily surprised. I spent the next few weeks alternating treatments with Jessica and Dr. Brad for my hip bursitis and within a few weeks, was running pain free. Why did i see both? They’re so totally different- one is focusing on blood flow and healing with needles and the other is focusing on alignment and biomechanics of my form. It seemed to me that they worked really well together.

This has kind of been the same with my Physical Therapist and Massage Therapist. When i was going to physical therapy, Joel was doing some massage but his focus is on exercises to rehabilitate the area of problem. Once Joel and i were able to get to a point that i could really increase my rehab and up my running, i knew that i was soon to have tightness. After taking almost 6 months off from running, I am determined to stay healthy so somewhat regular trips to Ed have really helped to combat tightness caused by all the other stuff.

Sounds crazy, i know! I wouldn’t go to any of these people if i thought it didn’t work. Could i just stick with one of them and be done with it? Sure, i could but i really don’t think i would have the same success. I think my body lets me know who i need to see and when. I woke up last week with a horrible catch in my back and neck so off to see Dr. Brad. my calves are super tight from increased mileage in the past 2 months so off to Ed i’ll go. when i feel like i need to be reevaluated in my rehabbing, back to Joel. Jessica really compliments all of the above.

I don’t see any of these all that often and certainly not often enough but i sure wish i could. I feel fortunate to have found a network of professionals who have the same interests and beliefs that i have in running. Now if i can just get them all to move in with me, I’ll be set.

Reflections

I had one of those runs today that was just perfect. I was totally dreading going for a run; tried to talk myself into skipping it this morning and just going later today (‘cause you know i would never just skip it completely- not me, ms rule follower!) but i told myself to suck it up and get it over with. I felt heavy the first few minutes and spent every second analyzing my steps and my breath. Then the perfection came….i forgot i was even running and spent the next hour completely in my head and out of my feet. Watch out world, i come up with some of my best and craziest ideas on runs like this one.

I have been so busy lately, i haven’t really had time to sit back and notice all that is going on with me and around me. This run turned in to a run of reflections and realizations. Before i knew it, i was done with 6 miles and felt like my head was clear, my heart was full, and all the worlds problems had been solved. Isn’t it amazing what you can get accomplished in an hour! 😉

The 2 things that really hit me today, kind of like little epiphanies (although really not all that newsworthy) were 1) only 3 months ago, i was technically a beginner runner again and 2) friends you make through running are a really different type of friendship than most others.

Most of you know, i had to take a hiatus from running for about 5 months this spring and just over 2 months ago, i was allowed to start running again. I was only allowed to do intervals of 20 seconds of running. I was thinking today how shocking it is that this didn’t frustrate me and why did it not. So not like me to NOT get frustrated by such strict orders 😉 I guess i was just happy to be running so i didn’t really care how much. However, as i started increasing my miles, i had some terribly frustrating runs. I remember a couple of cries after some runs that i felt like should have been easier. I never thought i wouldn’t get it back though. I knew i wasn’t in unchartered territory and i just had to remind my body and my mind that they should just try to remember what it felt like to be a runner and jump on board.

It hit me that this is really the only difference in me and a beginner runner. I can remind my body that it just needs to suck it up and remember what to do whereas a beginner runner has to teach his body to suck it up and learn! I think that’s where the group really comes into play. You can commiserate together, push one another along, and, most important of all, distract the other from just thinking about the running!

I have made some great friends over the past few years while running. It’s funny how you can have friends that you’ve had forever who are your best friends but maybe you don’t talk that often but then you can also have new friends who technically are “just my running buddies” but they’re who you confide in, laugh with, vent to…..and you really don’t care how bad each other looks! There’s just something to be said for those friendships you make while running together. You’re vulnerable and open when out on the roads. This may really be what i love the most about running. I wouldn’t trade my running buddies for anything. They’re like family.

I’m just glad i made myself run today. It was one of those runs that made me so thankful that i’m a runner.

Happy running 🙂

Staying sane

I was cleaning out some old emails and came across one i thought i’d share. It really cracks me up. If having a bad day, you can dress your bully up and take lots of pictures of her or….one of these:

To  Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity:

1. At lunch time,sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer and passing cars and see if they slow down.
2. Page yourself over the intercom and don’t disguise your voice.
3. Every time someone asks you to something, ask if they want fries with that.
4. Put Decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks and once every one has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to Espresso.
5. In the memo field of all your checks, write “for Marijuana”
6. Skip down the hall rather than walk and see how many looks you get.
7. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat- with a serious face.
8. Specify that your Drive-through order is ‘To Go.’
9. Sing along at the Opera
10. Five days in advance, tell your friends that you can’t attend their party because you have a headache.
11. When your money comes out of the ATM, scream “I Won, I Won.”
12. When leaving the Zoo, start running through the parking lot yelling, “Run for your lives! They’re loose!”
13. Tell your children over dinner, “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.”

And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity…

1. Pick up a box of condoms at the Pharmacy and go to the counter and ask where the fitting room is.

Just a little fun to end a super busy week. I think i am going to start asking for Diet Water. I’m fine with driving others a little insane if it means i’m more likely to maintain my sanity 🙂

Food Loggin’

Do you keep a food journal? I go through phases with my food journal. I have been “off” from journaling for several months but 2 nights ago i made a pact with myself to get started with it again. It can be such a pain to do but, wow, is it worth the time it takes!

I tried to go to an online food journal and the one i really like is livestrong.com (daily plate) but i’m still a creature of habit and i really like to write things down. I don’t want to go all techy. I like to write out my to-do list every day so i can have the physical satisfaction of scratching things off. Anyway, writing in a food journal can be time consuming but it not only gives you insight into what you’re taking in but it’s the accountability we all need.

I’m only on day 2 since i’ve started logging again and have already noticed 2 big issues: 1) i am not getting enough protein. I know this but when i actually write it out….and it was on a day i ate meat!..i am quickly reminded of a big gap i have in my nutrition. 2) i won’t apologize for eating some of the things i eat but i will certainly eat less of them if i have to write them down. Oreos, i’m talking about you! I don’t have a problem writing down 3 Oreos (this is a serving, by the way) but if i have to write down 10 Oreos, i’m sure gonna feel bad about it 🙂

I often tell my clients to keep food journals and bring them to me to see but 90% of the accountability is just having to write it down. I don’t worry so much about what i’m eating but i worry a lot about what i’m not eating. As a runner, it is so important to eat enough carbs, proteins, and fats. If i’m living on Oreos, i’m surely not getting all of these!

I’m making a commitment to myself to write in my food journal for the next 4 months- during Marathon training. I’m really going to use it as a tool to make sure i’m fueling like i should but also as that watchful eye that i sometimes need. No apologies here for my love of food but i owe it to my body to at least give it the stuff it needs if i’m also giving it stuff it doesn’t.

What about you? Do you do any food loggin’?