Out of Whack

I know I’m a total idiot, and I’m pretty sure you know, too, so it will come as no surprise that I never went to a doctor about the demon back injury.

I know.

But after I tweaked the ol’ back moving a heavy box last weekend, I knew I had to do something. Apparently, this injury isn’t going quietly, so it was time to take the proverbial bull by the horns and do something a little more proactive.

Enter: the physical medicine doctor. I’ve never heard of such a doc before, but apparently he does things like adjust your body when it’s out of whack and stick needles into various parts of your body to relieve pain or stress or whatever. I wasn’t down for the acupuncture piece, but the adjustments, I could handle.

Essentially, he looked at my walk, felt for tension in my neck (an indicator of something being off in the lower back), and checked the alignment of my hips. The hips were, unsurprisingly, horribly out of whack. My left hip was rotated forward and my right rotated back. No wonder my back has been killing me!

Out of whack

A few tweaks and a prescription to do 2 simple stretches later, I was out the door, good as new! OK, maybe not good as new, but extremely improved. So improved, in fact, that I was able to make up for the long run I missed last weekend first thing this morning!

Yep, my crazy ass did 10 miles this morning. Just cuz. And it was glorious. Now that the sun is rising earlier, I feel a little safer running at 6 AM, and today’s run was perfection. My back was a little tight, but not sore, and I did my stretches a couple of times along the way.

My Garmin died in the last mile, so I have no stats for you, but I do know I finished in right around an hour and 20ish minutes. Too fast? Probably. Whatevs. What’s done is done. I’m not sore or exhausted, so I’d call it a success.

I still really want to run a marathon before NYC in November, but with moving and all that, I don’t know if it’s in the cards. Marathoners–what are your thoughts on this? Will it be a disaster to run my first marathon in NYC? I’m strangely not all that worried about it, but I’d like a more realistic perspective.

14 thoughts on “Out of Whack

  1. Why would that be a disaster? You’ll rock a marathon no matter when you run one.

    I wanna go to a chiropractor someday just to see what he/she says.I’m sure there’s somethign wrong with me that I don’t know about. :-)

  2. This is why I go to the chiro. I swear they are crazy, but they keep me functioning! I have scoliosis and uneven hips (thanks genetics!), so basically I’m a mess. Glad you were able to get some relief and RUN!!

  3. hhrunner says:

    Yep agreeeeed, I love the chiro. Amazing. I have uneven hips too, it led to my knee injury. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong the NYC being your first marathon. I actually think that’d be an awesome first experience simply from all of the great things other runners have said about it!

  4. I think that as long as you get some good long runs in (like 2, 20-23 miles) before the marathon, you will be good to go. For first time marathoners, it’s typically 20-26 that is the hardest so getting over the 20 mile stretch does a lot for you mentally.

  5. If you think you can handle it and do so without injuring yourself more- then why not?! You are a crazy runner…but I love you ;). And I love that you think 10 miles is a breeze haha. I’m glad you were able to get some help at the doctor!!

    • HA! I saw that picture too and I thhogut almost the exact same thing (though I didn’t put it quite so eloquently in my own head it was more like what kinda baloney is this? Who lives like that, let alone creates something artistic like that. Then I went and ate an oreo or something because in my head I took it a step farther into the whole, I’ll never have a workspace that’s that tidy and therefore will never be crazy successful as an artist and I should really just hang it up now. Insane, I know, but there it is.)

  6. Lady, I am so happy that you are FINALLY getting that back taken care of once and for all! WHEW! Heal baby, heal :-)

    Isn’t it so great that the sun is shining earlier?! As soon as I am all moved and settled in I am going to be setting my alarm earlier. Love running during the sunrise:-)

  7. You are the ultimate judge of how you are feeling and how far that you can push yourself. Just be smart about it. I don’t think that you should have any concerns that your first Marathon may be New York. I wouldn’t be concerned one bit. Still hoping to get in though, fingers crossed!

  8. thehinzadventures says:

    beeeeeee careful girlie! :-) Glad you felt good enough to run…. miss u – have fun on your travels…i promise a g.p soon been swammped

  9. sweet, are you doing that? nyc this year will be my first marathon too! i’m sure i’ll totally see you in the crowd at the start line ;)

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