A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Massage Miracle

After running the corn maze "5K" on Sunday I had an appointment for a massage. I'd been carrying around a free one hour massage coupon for months and figured that post-marathon was the best time to use it. Plus, I knew that a good deep tissue massage would help me ward off the IT band issue that were starting to crop up.

The massage therapist was amazing and dug into my glutes and my IT band with so much force it felt like she was jamming flaming needles into my muscles. Yes, it was painful but painful in a good way. And it worked! My knee felt better immediately! It's still not 100% but it's definitely getting better.

I really needed it to feel better, too, since I was in charge of doing announcements at the running club's Monday night run. I mean, sure, I could have done announcements and then not run but I really wanted to run.

My legs apparently really wanted to run, too. Without meaning to I ran an awesome tempo run. The only time my knee acted up was when I had to move laterally to dodge a pothole and even then it just twinged for a second. The guy I ran with laughed when he asked me about my knee and I responded as if it was it's own entity: "It doesn't really like going down stairs."

Which is true. Especially all the stairs I have to navigate during my commute. And, yes, I made a doctor's appointment for Friday to make sure I'm not doing any serious damage by running on it. Maybe the doctor will prescribe more massages!

In the mean time, I've decided to get back on the strength training and Pilates bandwagon. When I printed out my strength workout last night it very nicely informed me that as it had been over three weeks since my last workout my weights had been reduced to make my comeback "more comfortable". I'm still sore today, though. Although that may be because I also took a 45 minute Pilates class last night. The new-to-me instructor had us do some new-to-me things that made it very clear it's been awhile since I've taken a Pilates class. Time to get crackin'!


Route:--Elev. Avg:628 ft
Location:--Elev. Gain:+3 ft
Date:10/18/10Up/Downhill: [+22/-19]
Time:06:33 PMDifficulty:2.1 / 5.0

Distance: 5.43 miles
Speed:6.4 mph
Pace:9' 24 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 26+0' 026.4-0.00 ft
28' 56-0' 286.7+0.3-9 ft
38' 46-0' 386.8+0.5+3 ft
48' 59-0' 256.7+0.3+7 ft
510' 18+0' 545.8-0.60 ft
end10' 42+1' 185.6-0.8+3 ft
Versus average of 9' 24 min/mile

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Anonymous said...

Go to Millennium Wellness at 111 N Wabash 6F, it's covered under BCBSIL and they include massage as part of treatments!

kilax said...

Hey! Why is 5K in paranthesis? LOL, just kidding :P

I have the book that picture you used is from! It's a funny book.

I am happy your run went so well speedy! And happy to hear you are back to doing pilates and strength :) I bet that will help with your knee!

d.a.r. said...

Okay, that picture has me dying laughing!!

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