Archive | December, 2012

Monday Meditation: Looking Ahead

31 Dec

As 2012 comes to a close, it is natural to reflect on the past year of running and see how we measured up to the goals we set out with and make new ones. This has the potential to either be a great exercise in self-evaluation and commitment or a slippery slope of judgment and defeat.

“It comes with age, of course. The older we get, the greater the shift in proportions from life ahead of us to the living behind us, the more we look back and the less ahead… But runners can’t live in the past. Once we quit looking ahead, we become ex-runners… The past is a nice place to visit, but we can’t live there.” 

– Joe Henderson, Best Runs   (Source)

Running cannot physically occur in the past, so why do we so often stick ourselves there psychologically? It is easy to get caught up in the goals we didn’t meet, races we didn’t enter, miles we didn’t run, or paces we didn’t break. We can be so critical of ourselves when things don’t go as planned that we miss out on a vital part of the process.

By design, running occurs in the present moment with the body facing forward. Try it any other way, and you might find yourself veering off course or stumbling. The same can be said about the mind. The past can provide us with some valuable information, but staying present-focused and looking ahead is what is going to keep you on course.

While you outline your running resolutions for 2013, go ahead and set stronger and faster goals. But don’t make it about what you didn’t achieve last year. Set your mind and body to face forward and run on.

PT: Round 2

28 Dec

I was up dark and early this morning to get myself ready and off to round 2 of physical therapy for my Mysterious Foot Injury (AKA tendinitis). Seriously, who doesn’t love 8:00 AM medical appointments? I spent a little time with the e-stim machine and hot pack. Here’s an awkward photo for your viewing pleasure:20121228-125158.jpg

After that there was a bunch of stretching, pulling, massaging, and rotating. (That’s what she said! No?) I left feeling slightly sore but throughout the day it seemed to dissipate and loosen up. I also got a handy sheet of exercises and stretches to do daily to strengthen my foot.

20121228-125204.jpgAfter some consideration I think I’ve decided to try out an “over-the-counter” orthotic insert before going the full-on expensive custom insole route. The PT seemed to think that was reasonable, at least in the short term. My wallet is also grateful. So I will be doing some research to find an insert that could be effective. Any brand suggestions?

PT Round 3: Next Friday at 9:00 AM.

Merry Christmas, You’re Overpronating!

26 Dec

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! If you participated in a Santa Run or any holiday race, I hope you had as much fun as this guy did:

AUSTRALIA-CHRISTMAS-SANTASSource

I spent the majority of the weekend cleaning, baking cookies, and wrapping presents. And then I had a very busy and very enjoyable Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my husband and family. It seemed like we were non-stop from Friday night through early this morning! It was very exciting to celebrate our first married Christmas.20121226-202611.jpg

Among the generous gifts I received were some of the things on my Running Wish List! I am so excited about the Garmin GPS watch (thank you, hubby!), Saucony Kinvara jacket, Under Armour cold gear tights, Smart Wool running socks, and gift cards to Fleet Feet and Running Warehouse. Mark got a pair of running pants from my parents, too (I wonder how they thought of that?), so I am very excited to try these things out when I can run again!

20121226-200107.jpgWe both took today off to rest and relax (mmm, sleep). The only time I left the house today was to go to my first PT treatment appointment this afternoon. After some stretching, massaging, and time with the E-stim machine and heating pad, I stepped on the digital scanner to check on the pronation of my feet.

20121226-200115.jpgMy feet are on the left, good feet are on the right. Turns out I have moderate pronation. That means my feet are not bearing weight properly, so I am going to be more likely to have repetitive stress injuries. According to the little chart in the PT office, custom orthotic inserts are ridiculously expensive “necessary” to correct the issue and reduce injury. If I don’t go the custom insert route, I can try out some not-so-custom types like Dr. Scholl’s and see how that goes or be really specific about the type of shoe I buy. However, I am told that neither of those options are great long term solutions and if I want to get back to my running routine and the weekly mileage I want to hit, the custom inserts are going to be the best solution. Unless I want to have recurring injuries, of course. I am going to have to think on that (and sell a kidney, maybe?). On the bright side, after a couple of PT treatments we are going to try out a little running. I CAN’T WAIT!