Posts Tagged ‘Acupuncture

12
Apr
09

disappearing act

AWOL – The Proposed Bizarre Route – I’m Not In Love

The idea was to return from Prague, a gentle run or two and then off to EuroDisney for 4 days with Son 1. And it went to plan… kind of.

After returning from the Czech Republic having posted a fairly slow and unimpressive time for the half marathon, I decided that I need to work on getting some strength / stamina back so came up with a few variations to my normal runs which would incorporate Fartlek and a bit of hill training as well as varying the distances that I run. I had one hill training session that made my legs burn and my lungs ache and then packed my running gear into my luggage for my EuroDisney trip – whilst there, I wanted to do an early morning run around the perimeter of EuroDisney as the thought of taking a run with the Disney Castle as a backdrop seemed absurd and appealed to my sense of the surreal. Unfortunately, it was not to be as on the second day I woke up and found myself unable to get out of bed as the shoulder injury I thought I had got rid of a few weeks ago had flared up again. Whether it was the hauling of luggage or having my son on my shoulders for the duration of the Disney Parade or the ill advised roller coaster rides that I took and then felt queasy after, I have no idea, but it was painful.

And so, on returning to the UK, I’ve once again started the osteopath / acupuncture / anti-inflammatory combination as I apparently have tendonitis in my shoulder and inflammation around the vertebrae. Boo!!!! So, the dilemma is… How do  write a running blog when I’ve not done any running??? And all around me, I keep seeing people out running. It’s like when a relationship comes to an end and every sad song on the radio is telling YOUR story and all you notice is all the happy couples in the world, it appears that I cannot go anywhere at the moment without coming across people out running or adverts for running shoes . Literally everywhere I go… GRRRRRRRRRRR!!

Still, the last few days have seen an improvement (at least I can now sit hunched over my laptop and type – hence this post) and a few more days and I may even be back out tentatively pounding the streets. So, the lack of running and blogging is a temporary condition and normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Promise.

Soundtrack to this post: The Hunt – Niyaz

06
Mar
09

acupunctured

Stick Pins In Me, Why Don’t You! – The Taper Starts Here – One Day I Will Learn How To Use WordPress Properly

Last week, I visited my osteopath as I had a “mystery” pain in my shoulder which appeared over a couple of days and then seemed to decide that it wanted to stay. After a few sleepless nights, I realised that it wasn’t going to disappear by itself so made the appointment to get it sorted. Afterwards, it was unbelievably sore and stayed that way for the best part of a week. When I went back to see her today, I explained how sore it had been. She immediately got to work and massaged and cracked me to within an inch of my life. She then decided that to finish it all off, I needed needles stuck in me. Now… osteopathy with an acupuncture chaser seems to have done the trick (at least I’m not close to tears like I was this time last week) but it got me thinking how someone would even contemplate curing you by sticking pins in. It’s almost like deciding the cure for sore eyes would be to rinse them with lemon juice. Anyway, a little “off topic” but it has been rattling around my head so thought I’d share it…

Yesterday was another psychological hurdle for me as I ‘d decided that I needed to run a 10 miler before the Fleet Half Marathon in 9 days time. Once again, the aim was not speed or grace (and believe me there was neither) but to do the distance, without stops and without injury. I was a little hesitant about it before I set off and the first 5 miles were a grind but something happened around the 6 mile mark and I seemed to hit my stride. As I ran back along the towpath and towards the sunset I actually had one of those moments where I realised why I enjoyed running so much. The last few weeks has seen such an increase in the amount of miles covered that it has felt more like a chore than anything enjoyable but now I feel that Fleet is acheivable, suddenly the training has begun to be enjoyable again. The plan is for a shorter run on Sunday (8ish miles) and anorther shorter still (min 4 miles) mid week and then I should be set for Fleet on the 15th.

10 miles – 95mins 40 secs – average of 9m 34s per mile

Like I said, not speedy, but I can work on that now I know I am back up to completing the distance. So, 10 miler done, shoulder kind of fixed and I also learnt what a “pingback” is (thanks JogBlog).

Soundtrack to this post: Special Cases – Massive Attack




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