Rules To Run By

Since I got my running injury, I have been running on and off. It would start feeling better and I would run again and then it would start to hurt again so I would stop. Seriously annoying. So I decided to stop completely until we figure out what is going on with my leg. I had a nuclear bone scan scheduled tomorrow but had to move it to Monday. I am really hoping that it shows something.

Until then, I will just have to continue to get my (sorta) running fix by stalking runnersworld.com and runningtimes.com.  I recently read Mark Remy’s article A Few Rules To Run By, and really liked it. In the article he talks about things like angry motorists, blackened toenails, passing gas, and the “farmers blow”. I especially like his running rules of thumb:

1. If you see a porta potty with no line, use it. Even if you don’t need to.
2. If you have to ask yourself, Does this driver see me? The answer is no.
3. If you have to ask yourself, Are these shorts too short? The answer is yes.
4. 1 glazed doughnut = 2 miles
5. You rarely regret the runs you do; you almost always regret the runs you skip.
6. Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is.
7. Nobody has ever watched Chariots of Fire from beginning to end. Not even the people who made it.
8. You can never have too many safety pins on your gym bag.
9. Running any given route in the rain makes you feel 50 percent more hard-core than covering the same route on a sunny day.
10. If you care even a little about being called a jogger versus a runner, you’re a runner.

So go check out the article 🙂

Running injury

I think it’s time to ask for some help because I have had an ongoing injury and don’t know what to do. I will give you a brief history.

I am fairly new to running. I started about 2 and a half years ago, but I wasn’t really a “runner” until I ran the Turkey Trot last November. Something happened during that run (I don’t really know what) and I realized my love for running. There was no turning back…

from the myofacial release

Towards the end of May I decided to start training for a half marathon that was October 1st so I started to amp up my mileage. I also moved from a semi-soft high school track to a concrete track at a park. I am pretty sure that the combination of those two factors is what caused my injury. It started out as shin splints which I would ice then go back out the next day. In the beginning of July my left leg was still hurting about half way up my shin and I could feel knots just to the inside of my leg so I went to the doctor. I went to a MD who specializes in sports medicine. He sent me to get a basic x-ray, which didn’t show an injury to the bone. He told me that it was a stress injury and to relax it until the pain went away. A month later I called him again because it still hurt to run and he sent me to physical therapy. I went 3 times a week for 4 weeks. The therapist tried myofacial release, ultrasound, high volt, and steroid cream. I also did exercises that helped strengthen my hip, calves, and correct my over-pronating left foot. The knots are gone but it still hurts and swells when I try to run. The therapist basically told me that she had tried everything she knew of and she didn’t think she could help me. So, I went back to the doctor and he said that he wants me to get a nuclear bone scan (I scheduled for 9/30/11) to rule out a stress fracture. If there is no stress fracture he doesn’t know what else it can be and he will have to send me to a foot and ankle specialist.

The problem I have with this is that both the therapist and the doctor said that the pain is not in the right place for it to be a stress fracture. So what else could it be? Has anyone else been through something like this? If so, what did it turn out to be?

Sorry for the long and boring post but it’s been 4 months and I am pretty desperate.

I would REALLY appreciate any suggestions or tips

being iced after therapy

Raceday Book!!

While catching up on blog reading this morning, I came across Hungry Runner Girl‘s givaway! My husband and I keep our bibs, pictures, and the misc stuff we pick up in races in a  photo box. It is all just thrown in there and I probably couldn’t even tell you which stuff went with each  race. I was supposed to make a special scrapbook for all of our stuff a long time ago but just never got around to it. So I was super excited when I read that she and Raceday where giving away an already made book!

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Pic from Janae's blog

I have already entered, and I really hope I win! If not I will probably have to ask for one for my b-day thats coming up 🙂 Head on over to her blog even if you don’t run and don’t want a super cool Raceday book, she is so funny and posts a lot so her blog is constant good entertainment.