Balance and Running

Well, this week I’ve come to terms with the fact that I definitely have a balance problem.  Throughout the last few years, I’ve attempted to do some strength exercises that require balance – and failed miserably.  So, I stopped attempting.  No one wants to be a failure, right? Last week, I met with a PT basically to talk about my knee issues.  I slipped last fall and have been having issues on and off since.  Nothing stabbing – just an annoying ache at times.  The PT visit and eval was certainly enlightening. My balance is totally out of whack.  My left leg is better than my right – but, many moves I have to have to something to support myself.  So, my PT gave me some exercises to do that will help. Here’s one of them:   Now, I know that wasn’t real pretty – but, I’m much better than I … {Continue Reading… }

Running Tips – When To Ice And When To Use Heat On Running Injuries

  You’ve been out for a run and something just doesn’t feel right. You don’t want to get an injury that will keep you off the roads – so you want to take care of this as soon as you get it. But, should you ice the injury or use heat on it?  Here are tips for knowing which to do. Basically running injuries will break down into two categories – acute or chronic. Acute injuries are those that have just happened – within 72 hours. During this time period, the injured area will be inflamed. Chronic injuries are those ongoing and still giving you a little problem after 4-5 days – but usually there is no inflammation. During the acute stage of your running injury is when you want to ice. Icing the area will help numb the pain and will help with decreasing the swelling as ice constricts blood … {Continue Reading… }

I Love My Chiropractor!

Many people, including runners, mistakenly think that chiropractors are just for those with back pain or neck pain. That is not the case.  My chiropractor has definitely helped to keep me on the roads since I’ve been getting older – and helped to keep my running streak intact. The first time I visited my chiropractor (well, at the time it was my husband’s chiropractor) was when I twisted wrong at work. My hip started killing me. And, then it started to affect my running. I had to alter my gait and I was afraid that I was going to harm my other leg. After a week or so, I decided to go see the chiropractor. I figured that it couldn’t hurt – and a doctor was just going to tell me to stop running.  (You know if you’re a runner – you avoid doctors if at all possible!). To back … {Continue Reading… }

Are You A Roller Runner Or A Stick Runner?

There are 2 pieces of equipment that are out there for runners to help them recover from workouts.  The Stick and a Foam Roller.  I feel that there is a need for a runner to have both of them – even though I only came across this revelation recently. Many of you know that I’ve been a Stick girl for years.  I got The Stick probably 20 years ago and have used it to massage my legs after every hard work out and longer runs.  It really helps me to recover and feel much better the next day.  I’ve recommended it to everyone – and I still do. Then, came along this year.  It seems that everything that can happen to a runner has happened to me this year.  30+ years of basically no injuries and this year everything has hit.  My hubby says to consider myself lucky that I … {Continue Reading… }

Dealing With Running Injuries – What Else Can I Come Down With This Year?

OK, I take the question back!  There’s a lot more that I can come down with – but this has been a year!  I’ve gone through 30+ years of running with hardly any injuries.  I know that I’ve been blessed – but, I also have always listened to my body and took it easy when it told me to. This year, it seems like it’s been one thing after another.  I’ve never had to spend this much time worrying about and dealing with running injuries. The first of the year, it was Plantar Fasciitis.  I dealt with that for several months, read everything I could about it, stretched all the time and finally it went away. Then, we moved on to a pain in my knee.  So, it was on to more reading and more stretching and exercises for knee pain.  Luckily, that cleared up in just a couple of … {Continue Reading… }

Running Podcast – Coming Back From Plantar Fasciitis

At the beginning this year, I managed to come down with a severe case of plantar fasciitis.  I had it one other time before years and years ago – but this time it was much worse. The reason I feel it struck me again was because of altering my running gait due to icy roads.  I was out of town and unable to run on a treadmill for a few days.  There were icy spots on the road in the mornings – so I ran a little differently to keep from sliding and falling. I was alright for a day – then a couple days after my icy runs – it hit me.  I was in the middle of a run and such a pain in my heel.  It was all I could do to hobble home. It took a few months to completely recover – but I’ve gotten my … {Continue Reading… }

Running Injuries – My Comeback From Plantar Fasciitis

As you’ve been hearing me talk about for the last few months – and yes, I’m sure you may be tired of hearing me talk about it – but I’ve been going through a little bout of Plantar Fasciitis.  OK, to be truthful, it was more than a little bout – but I am definitely getting better! Plantar Fasciitis is something that affects many runners.  So, I thought that if I share what I’ve been doing to myself – it may help any of you that may be going through the same thing. What I Did To Get Plantar Fasciitis First of all, I’m not entirely sure how it happened – but I’m pretty sure it happened when I was running in my hometown the week of New Year’s.  New Year’s Day I had done a super run that was mostly uphill. It had felt great.  The next few mornings … {Continue Reading… }

The 3 Stages Of Injured Runners

You know how much runners worry about being injured.  We think about it all the time.  Any time that runners feel anything – we immediately worry that it’s an injury on the way.  This is not always the case – but we are SO paranoid about being injured! This got me to thinking about the stages a runner goes through when something may be going on – injury wise.  In my opinion, there are 3 stages that injured runners go through.  The Denial Stage, The It’s Going To Be Alright Stage and The I’d Better Go Get This Looked At Stage. In the first stage, the runner gets a little “glitch”.  This is what I call that little twinge or something that doesn’t feel quite right.  Sometimes, it may be you just stepped funny – or it may be the start of something.  Anyway – you know that something feels … {Continue Reading… }

Do You Stick Needles In Your Toenails?

Runners are such a funny bunch.  And, yes, I’m including myself in that statement!  We have little things that we do that others may cringe over – but we have no qualms about it at all.  One of these is a little matter of black toenails. If you run longer distances – I’m pretty sure that you’ve had black toenails.   These are caused by constant rubbing of the toes against the front of your running shoes. There are several causes of blackened toenails and several ways that you can prevent them. They are fairly common and you really don’t need to be concerned if you do have one – as long as it doesn’t get infected. (I wouldn’t be too worried about infection – I’ve had my share of black toenails over the years and I’ve never had one get infected.) Black toenails are generally found in long distance runners. … {Continue Reading… }

A Little Running Setback – I Hear The Running Gods Laughing

Sometimes the running gods just like to have their fun with us.  I’m not really sure why they do – but, I do know that I’m getting a little tired of it! I’ve been going through a little bout of Plantar Fasciitis for the past month.  Here’s a post that I wrote when it flared up:  Plantar Fasciitis Strikes Again. Taking Care Of My Plantar Fasciitis Since it first struck – I’ve been a good little runner.  I cut back on my mileage – actually just doing 1 – 2 miles every day for the first 2 weeks.  Then, I started doing 2 miles each day and starting to build up a longer run one day a week.  First I did 3 – then 4 and these runs felt great! I did all these runs on the treadmill to make sure that I was running on a softer surface. This … {Continue Reading… }