Wednesday, May 19, 2010

set-back.

It's been a while since my last post and I have good reason. Well, let me reprahse that. It's been a while since my last post and it's because I injured myself. ugh. I woke up a week and a half ago with an intense neck cramp. Just like other neck cramps I've gotten, I had assumed I slept on it wrong and let the movements throughout my day loosen it up. This one, however, was different. It felt like something more serious. I spent the next 2 days in pain with constant icing/heating applied to the neck. I went to the chiropractor on Monday and found out I had a popped rib! The neck pain was caused from "over-worked" muscles compensating for the popped rib.

I've been receiving therapy almost every day and some days are better than others. Found out that popped ribs are extremely common and can happen in your sleep. Who knew sleep could be so dangerous to your body? So with this news brought a major set-back in my training. Considering I can barely walk and move my head, it doesn't look like I'll be getting on a treadmill or outdoor trail any time soon. I would still like to participate in the 3k, whether it be walking the or a light jog. Even with this awful news, I am still looking forward to participating in another race in the fall. Right now my focus is to get better :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

rapha.

Rapha. It means "healing". It also means the healthcare clinic I started going to. Now that my awesome health care plan kicked in, I'm trying to get my back pain under control. And now that I would like to run more without feeling like me shoulders are going to snap (too graphic?), I would like to get the special care I need.

I googled local chiropractors; read some reviews; and voila! Decided with Rapha. Not only did I like the name, but I liked their focus on a more holistic approach than what other treatment centers focus on. Plus, the last 10 years of going to the same 'ol crack-your-back type of place clearly hasn't been working, so why not try something new? When I got there I spent an hour talking to my doctor on my lifestyle, past treatments, and my running goal. He assured me that with weekly treatment and care, I will have limited pain come race day.

Not only did he say the vitamins I'm taking are (and I quote) "Pure Crap" but he also told me that stretching your muscles is the enemy. Ummm, COME AGAIN?! Here's how he explained it to me:

Imagine this...you're getting ready to grill a delicious 8oz filet on the girll but first need to tenderize it. How do you do this? Do you stretch it out, or do you pound it with a mallet of some sorts? You pound the shiz-nit out of it. So really you don't want to stretch out your muscles, you need to break up and loosen it.

I was SHOCKED when I heard this theory. I felt like I had been lied to my whole life. I grew up playing sports and training with coaches who always told me to stretch before AND after a work out. Could that wrongful information been the cause to my aches and pains all these years? Who knows, but like I said earlier...everything I've heard from past doctor's regarding my back hasn't worked so I'm putting my faith, health, and muscles into the Rapha clinic. I'm not gonna lie, I did feel temporarily healed after my visit :)

So I left Rapha feeling rejuvinated and "tenderized". I then proceeded to the gym for a meesly 45 minutes of straight cardio. Now, for all you runners out there...I'm not super knowledgable at this whole training thing just yet. You're probably sitting there thinking "She's doing this all wrong" and you're probably right. But judge me all you want. I don't care. I'm doing it this way, so deal.

It was a good feeling being back in the gym. I got there around 7pm, machines wide open, E! news on the tele, and I was on my way. I glided on the eliptical for 33 minutes and went right to the bike for another 12 minutes. Now that I got my body movin again after a good week of NOT moving, I feel like I'll add in some light weights tomorrow :)

I just realized it's 12:30am and I have to wake up for work soon. dagger.

Welp, see ya later!

back on track.

It's nearing the end of December and most of the items on your "to-do" list are: (1) What to buy X, Y, & Z for Christmas (2) Bake 100 Christmas cookies by Friday (3) Decorate the house; and then the infamous (4) Finalize NYE plans. In the last 24 years of my existence I have spent NYE with either family, close friends, or a significant other. This year wasn't any different. I tried my very hardest to finalize NYE as early as I possibly could. Of course, this didn't happen. As it goes every year, the day before December 30th I agreed to going to yet another house party with kegs of beer, jello shots made with cheap vodka, and music to the likes of bob dylan and journey. I'm not saying it wasn't fun; it was actually one of the best NYE I've ever had. Although, I found myself looking back at another year gone by and not accomplishing much. So on January 1, 2010 I decided to change this and broadcast my New Year's Resolution to all my friends and family, "Sometime this year, I will be competing in a running race."



I wanted to commit to something that I knew would be a challenge yet totally feasible. I knew if I didn't let people know of my resolution, I would quit within 2 weeks of training. So January 4th began my training. Then on March 4th I signed up for my first ever 5k at the Herdon Festival!



Now some of you might think, "a 5k? really?". Well most of you don't know that I have scoliosis and it is extremely painful for me to run long distances. I did run track in high school but kept only to sprints. Anddddd, that was 8 years ago. So a 5k for me is a great start to hopefully being able to run longer distances.



4 months into training, i'm down 11 lbs, can only run 2 miles if i really really push myself, and at a standstill. I haven't worked out (hard) in the last 2 weeks. I've found myself consumed by work, quality bf time, and the likeliness of outdoor beverages. Not to mention, indulging myself in delicious meals.



I decided to start this blog to record my training for the next month. I have EXACTLY 1 month until the race. Today I'm promising to get back on track and focus hard on running those 3.1 miles in the summer heat.



We shall see the outcome...

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