The Price We Runners Pay To Run Injury Free:
Ice Baths ---The WORST torture possible when it comes to running (in my opinion)
Weird looking compression sleeves on various parts of our bodies
Drinking disgusting looking shakes and smoothies
Standing on our head gargling peanut butter
Lots of $$$ on running shoes every month or two
Funny looking colorful tape on various parts of our bodies (we are surely setting fashion trends)
Massages...the NON-Fluffy kind
Stretching with ropes and other odd objects
Sitting on Ice packs
and for some of us,
Graston Therapy (as I mentioned in my last post) that gives you oh so sexy black and blue stripes on your legs and other various body parts. Thank Goodness it isn't bikini season, right? And, hey people, it is JUST a leg with shorts here so don't go getting too "Oh my, did you see the sleazy picture Amanda posted?!" Ha!
Painful? Yes. Does it work? I think so. For me it does. My bruises hurt but as far as my body as a whole, I feel much better AFTER the adjustment and Graston on various places...hip, IT band, and back. I've also had it on my pelvis, hamstring, and feet.
My 13 hilly miles on Sunday after my harder 7 and Graston on Saturday was much easier than I would have expected before my visit to the doc. I do plan on continuing this if needed. But for long term solutions to the IT band and hip issues I need to get my form straightened out. My feet turn out a bit when I run. Or a lot. I'm really trying to be more conscious of keeping them landing facing forward and not out like a duck. We'll see how that goes. Old habits are hard to break but my Chi Running book is convincing me that it IS possible. So bring on the second of four 20 milers this Sunday. Oh, and by then I'll have some new Brooks PureFlows2 to join me. New shoes are a MUCH more enjoyable price to pay for a healthy running body.
I'd say all these fun little runner things we do to keep ourselves RUNNING are worth it. We might seem a little strange to the outside world of people who don't run, but hey, at least we have other runners who "get" us. I do think Graston might be a little extreme even for a lot of us runners out there though. Whatever it takes. It's a price this runner is willing to pay.
What's the weirdest (to the outside world) or most painful "price" you've paid in the name of running? Honestly, I'll take Graston over an ice bath any day! I'm done with the ice baths for...well...hopefully forever!