It's been over a week (8 days...but who's counting?) since I have been able to run pain free...and I have to say it's been pretty terrible.
I know it's only been 8 days...and I am being slightly dramatic, but I have been running 20+ miles a week since January, and my body (and mental stability) are in shock. I have lost my outlet to relieve stress.
I miss the feeling that I always get after crushing a killer speed workout or running my long run. I am sad...I want to run. I NEED to run.
After my post on Monday morning, I tried to continue to think positive and convince myself that rest was the answer and that my body would take care of itself. Well...after yet another failed (and painful) attempt at a run, I decided it was time to call in the big guns.
On Sunday, I posted a picture on Instagram and stated that I was missing my long run this week and my frustrations with my "pain in the ass" Well luckily, Instagram is the place to be for runners and great advice. A fellow KC runner (Kimberly) commented on my picture and suggested I visit a chiropractor that she goes to. I was immediately intrigued and checked out the website. Dr. Sindorf impressed me immediately. Not only is he the staff doctor for Garry Gribbles, but he is also a runner. This was really important to me because I knew he would get it...and would be more sympathetic to my NEED to run again VERY SOON!
I called Dr. Sindorf on Monday evening, and I was lucky enough to get an appointment for Tuesday evening. Everything was working out perfectly...so I
knew hoped that meant the same would be true for my appointment.
Tuesday morning I woke up virtually pain free...I decided not to tempt it and skipped running, but did my Piyo videos instead (Have you all done the Drench piyo video yet? Whoa...the only title better suited for this video would be "What the Hell") I also
maybe definitely ran some laps around the living room and kitchen to test out my hips and butt. It didn't seem to give me any trouble...and I thought "of course...I am healed now that I called the doctor...isn't that how it always goes?" but I decided to go ahead and keep my appointment because I was sure it was a fluke (It's like when you have a great hair-day the morning before you get it cut...it's all a lie!)
I spent all day Tuesday going over various scenarios in my head (healthy right?) and my mind kept going back to "what if he says I have to stop running?" and honestly it made me want to cancel my appointment. I thought maybe I could just run in ignorance ;)
I didn't end up cancelling my appointment and I am so glad I didn't. My experience with Dr. Sindorf was incredible...mostly because he told me that his goal is "active recovery" and he likes to keep his athletes (yep...he called me an athlete!) active while they are working on the pain and issues.
After about 30-45 minutes of some tests and stretches Dr. Sindorf told me "Well, you definitely have some issues, but the good news is they are fixable" Who knew I was visiting a shrink instead of a chiropractor ;)
He then told me that he is confident that I will be able to run my half marathon in September and the KC marathon in October...pain free!!! I seriously wanted to hug him right there on the spot. (don't worry...I didn't...but I can't promise I won't after I am completely healed)
I am going back for a follow up visit today. Dr. S said we would try some "nerve flossing" and "active release" (ummm....am I the only one that thinks this sounds incredibly painful?) and he is going to give me some exercises I can do at home to help deal with my "issues" He said that most patients are virtually pain free after 1 or 2 visits. I'm hoping I am the over-achiever in that statistic and I am pain free after 1 :)
I am definitely relieved knowing that it is nothing more serious and that I can still run my races. I am however going to completely back off of speed work for a few weeks (since this is what seems to aggravate it the most) and this is going to be tough. I am so competitive and I was REALLY wanting to work towards a sub 4 hour finish...but I am thinking right now my focus needs to shift to finishing pain and injury free. A sub 4 hour finish would be great...but I am just not willing to risk it. Finishing will be good enough for me.... at least this time ;)
Has your chiropractor ever told you that you had issues?
Have you ever had your nerves "flossed"? Is it as terrible as it sounds?