The only way to overcome is to hang in. Even I’m starting to believe that.
I’m way overdue for an update. It’s been a rough few weeks with missed training days and lower mileage due to my bum hips and a conference. The foam roller has been my friend, as well as ice, heat, and Aleve. Somehow, during that time, I managed to complete a 9.5 mile run (3 miles) / walk along Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail – North Shore. It was neat to run past kayakers, crew, the stadiums, and enjoy the fall colors even if I did get rained on and then roast when the sun came out. Last weekend was 10 miles at Red Rock, which ended up being a man v. elements run. The winds were downright wicked at 25+ mph when we started, and I made it to the turn-around point where the rain was coming over the mountain. It came in quick, and blew sideways, pelting us with tiny little hail grains on the way back. I completed all 10 miles, though. First thing I did when I got home was take a warm shower and make a cup of tea!
Since I haven’t been able to run more than 3 miles without a stiffness/ache in my hip and leg, I decided it was time to see a chiropractor to get whatever it was straightened out. As expected, my hips were out of whack. Dr. John worked on me this past Thursday, and worked my hips (mostly) back into alignment. On Saturday I was able to consistently run/walk (I’m doing 2 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking) for almost 7 miles. I completed the 8 miles, but the last mile I had the same stiffness/ache in my hip and knee again. So it looks like another session is needed so that I can make it the full 13.1 miles in just under a month.
In many ways, I know I’m probably not going to ever run a marathon (not ruling it out because things can change, but… ) or do ultra-running, but I am enjoying running. The fact that I’ll be down about 2 pants sizes since I started the training program in August is great! My breathing is improved, my mood is better, I’m eating better, my sleep is better and more consistent… the health benefits are amazing.
As of tonight, I’m at $1,239.40 out of $1,500.00 — a bit over $250 to raise and hit my goal. A big THANK YOU to all those people who donated so far (especially over the past few weeks), purchased a chocolate bar, or came out to the FunRaiser at Sweet Tomatoes. It means a lot to me that you’re supporting research for Crohn’s and colitis. What? You haven’t donated? There’s still time to help out!