Injury Midterm Report
10 weeks til Boston, 7 weeks til Around the Bay.
And my “long” run?
I’m not quite sure if I’m fucked beyond belief, but here is the run down:
If you missed my update to my last post, I took my sorry, crooked ass to a chiropractor who 1. does ART 2. has a CCSP 3. runs marathons. While I was mostly concerned with the pain and swelling my in my right leg, I pointed out that I felt like I’d gotten to the point where I was walking crooked and a LMT pointed out there was a good inch or so difference between my legs lengthwise. He confirmed the difference and pointed out two things I’ve noticed for years: my right hip flexor doesn’t really do what its supposed to (I believe his words were “its shot”), and my left has a better range of motion, though there is something weird about it too.
Pretty simple explanation: pelvic subluxation (not uncommon, especially for women) and hips in the wrong place, which in turn led to the IT/knee flare up. If you were paying attention, Jeri totally called it.
The interesting thing is I’ve had random hip pains for YEARS, particularly near the “shot” hip flexor. To the point where I’d just gotten used to random stabbing throughout the day.
Apparently, that’s not normal?
I’ve been slowly running more. Emphasize on slowly. The first week I had five sessions of ART with some adjustments, and ran on the “off” days. The second week I had three more sessions, but could build mileage. My hips are now stable enough to build mileage and I’m doing some painful core exercises he assigned to keep it from slipping much again.
He thinks I’ve got the experience to run Boston, but he’s also recommending REALLY slowly working back up to where I should be so as not to knock everything out of place. Because shit, was I fucking twisted.
Today I ran 6 miles on hips that are sitting normally and holy FUCK what a world of difference. My center of gravity has shifted just enough to make it a bit easier to move than it has been over the past couple years.
Curious, I dug out an old picture (on the left) and a recent one (Thanksgiving) to see what my posture looked like:
Do you see the difference in how everything is titlted? I don’t know that the left is particularly healthy either, but I’m at about the same place stridewise and it really looks like there is a fuller range of motion in 2006. Not to mention the fact that I look taller.
Also, this picture reminds me I ought to lose about 15 pounds which ain’t gonna happen when I’m struggling to run 20 miles per week.
But that’s neither here nor there.
The goal for next week is to get up to 8-10 on the weekend without my hips slipping out of position. I’m fine with 6 at this point, which is progress.
My concern is I just don’t have a lot of time to get up to 26.2 again.