Friday, September 11, 2015

Blame It On The Chiropractor


Here we are on the eve of the Diva Half Marathon in Peachtree City, GA and I'm not running. Remember back in My Lifestyle Change Is Changing My Life how excited I was to be running my first half marathon? Well it's a wash and I guess I should explain what happened.

I lie to you not, the weekend after I announced that I would be running the race I knew it was not going to happen.  All throughout my workout recaps and Instagram updates, I was talking about the pain.  The pain from:

  • blisters from breaking in a new pair of sneakers
  • tight hamstrings
  • stiff hips
  • lower back pain
  • sciatica pain
  • and this mysterious roaming pain that I have been experiencing which is becoming more pronounced.

Apart from the last type of pain it was all pretty typical stuff for a runner, right?  I read somewhere that around the sixth week of half mary training your body will settle down with the training.  So I just focused and continued the training plan which included strength training, yoga and thrice weekly runs.  'Tough it out', I told myself.  I searched for solutions because now the pain was becoming so intense that sitting, standing and lying down were becoming problematic, but I kept running.

After enough days on the couch in pain and nights without sleep, I decided to see a chiropractor.  It was a desperate move, but I need to do something.  I was leaving for my vacation the next day and I could barely move. How was I going to sit on the plane and manage my toddler?  


As it turns out my chiropractor was a pretty cool guy.  He said he would be talking to me longer than the actual procedure would take and he was true to his word.  I greatly appreciate that he was able and willing to answer every question that I had.  After reviewing my list of complaints and activities he said he wasn't going to tell me to stop running because he knew I was trying to meet a goal.  In hindsight, I see that was very wise of him.  However, because of the nature of the issue, he did ask me to give yoga a rest for a little bit. And remember how I told you I had developed an affinity for the foam roller?  Well, he was even able to explain why it eased the pain and why it eventually returned.  He made adjustments to my back, which took no more than seven minutes and put me on the heated roller for 10 minutes and I was done.  I was singing his praises after the adjustment simply because I could get up off the exam table.  I was able to travel and fly the next day without incident and very little pain.  I was pretty much back to myself again and I was so grateful.

While on vacation, I was determined to stay focused on my training.  I was prepared to care for myself as evidenced in "What's In My Vacation Gym Bag".  However, as you could imagine, each run in Bermuda got worse and worse.  My pace slowed and I began walking more to compensate the pain, but I was determined to cover the distance the best way I could. Then one Monday morning I set out to do my nine mile long run.  I ran most of the way ever so slowly.  Around the 5th mile I was feeling like I was done, but I had some mints and water and made it back home while running intervals.  After I reached the house my body must have said that is it!  I was tired which was to be expected, but even by early afternoon I still was not able to recover.  Then came the heavy swelling, tingling, numbness with pain in my entire lower body.  Every joint and muscle was on fire and the ultimate happened.  I was unable to pick up or care for my toddler.  I contacted my Hubbs in tears and frightened.  He is a medical professional and I followed his for advice to the letter.  After a few days I was able to resume my daily tasks. Even throughout my awesome adventure "Paddle Boarding In Paradise" I was wincing in pain every step of the way.  


I was heartbroken about not running and everyday I wrestle in my mind about it.  That visit to the chiropractor helped me to realize just how far down the rabbit hole of pain I had traveled.  So it is with sad regret and a lump in my throat that I won’t be running the Diva this year but keeping it positive I did get a few really good takeaways from this experience.

  1. Every time I decided to go running I knew there would be extreme pain and I would go anyway.  I have developed a mental toughness that I have never had at any other point in my life.
  2. I need to learn to trust my body now.  It was telling me the entire time to stop, but I was fearful of falling into old, lazy and sedentary habits.

It has been about three weeks since I stopped running and I’m not feeling 100% but pretty good.  I visited the chiropractor again today and got a good report.  My back is doing better and in two more days I will be cleared to ...no not run, lol, but cleared to pick back up my yoga practice.

In your health and fitness pursuits do you push yourself unreasonably past balance?

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26 comments :

  1. So very sorry you are going through this right now. I hope you have a full healing with help from your medical professionals and patience! Lotsa patience.

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    1. Thanks Elle, patience is the biggest problem right now.

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear this! I know how hard you've been working! I hope you get to the bottom of it, get better and can get another race in down the line :)

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  3. Sometimes it's a hard lesson to learn, but we all have to at some point. We are conditioned to think that pain is a part of it all. I really shouldn't be, you know?

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    1. It has been tough but prayerfully I have learned my lesson.

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  4. Man, so sorry about this. I've got a tweaked lower back and it's no fun. Hope you get to healing soon!

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  5. I think we all start out so determined and won't give up no matter the injury but honestly rest is best. We only have one body. Pain is not worth it just for a race.

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    1. Putting it that way puts things into perspective. Thanks Jen.

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  6. I didn't realize that you were going through all of this! I'm really sorry for you. Having to drop out of races is always hard but hopefully it will help you to recover faster. Take care of yourself!

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  7. So bummed for you. Back pain is the worst. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery that has you up and running pain-free again soon!

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  8. I am so sorry to hear about this. A few years ago, I kept getting injured, and I finally sought out help from a trainer, who is still my coach. I was clearly doing something my body didn't like and i needed an objective opinion. Best thing I could have done.

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  9. I think our ability to push through the pain can be a detriment when we shouldn't push through the pain! I hope you recover quickly - but take it slowly.

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    1. It is a good thing and a bad thing isn't it Coco. Thank you!

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  10. Not anymore. I've found a wonderful balance in life. Pure joy. That hasn't always been the case, There was a time when running and a few other things were taken to extremes.

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  11. I used to push myself until about a year ago. It was like a light went on and I realized that I actually should listen to my body. Now I feel comfortable taking extra rest days if I need and I can't LIVE without my chiropractor. Hope you feel better soon!

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  12. First, yay you for going to a chiro! I used to think they were crazy quacks until I had unbearable low back pain that the chiro fixed. Second, that fix wasn't quick and doc told me to that the absence of pain did not mean I was completely healed. I'm glad he told me that because if I felt fine, why couldn't I go about my daily workouts? He explained it as the soft tissue being like freshly poured concrete, you have to wait for it to set before you can put any pressure on it. Hope your healing continues and you back in full force soon!

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  13. I am feeling so bad for you. Please take good care of yourself.

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  14. I am so sorry you have experienced so much pain and can't run the 1/2 but that is what is best for you. I have pushed way past my limits when training in the past, not so much anymore, I listen to my body now.

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  15. Its so hard to face the realities of deep pain. So many of us, myself included, try to work through pain, but its so hard to listen to our bodies when they tell us that enough is enough. I'm so sorry that you weren't able to run your race as planned, but just remember, there will be more races down the road.

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  16. Hugs friend. Rest up and take care of yoruself!

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  17. Sorry you are having to deal with all the back pain. But even as hard as it is, sometimes the smartest things we can do is stop doing what we want so we can heal to eventually enjoy what we want to do even more later on!
    Good luck!

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