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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The ART of Running



Several things to talk about today.

Let’s start with the fun stuff!

I went for my usual 5.5 mile run with my running group on Monday night.  The goal?  Between a 9:30 and 10:00 minute pace.  The gal I was running with said we managed a 9:24.  My Garmin said 9:33.  Either way, we managed my goal. 

The run on Monday night was also sponsored by Merrell.  The shoe rep brought two kinds of their barefoot shoes  to try out.  I didn’t run in any of them but I tried on the Barefoot Run Dash Glove and really liked them.  Very comfy!  Not sure I’d buy a pair just quite yet, though.

BUT!  The shoe rep did a drawing for a free pair of shoes and I won!  I actually won the trail version of the barefoot shoes: 


I’m excited to try wearing them around and maybe, just maybe, running in them.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

On Tuesday I went to a new-to-me place in the city called Active Body.  They’re chiropractors who specialize in Active Release Technique (ART).  The gal I ran with on Monday night had recommended them to me and I’d done some previous Googling and liked what they had to say.

I told the doctor I saw all about my hip issue and he said it sounds like, yes, I have a labral tear but that the tight muscles and tendons surrounding it are just pulling the ball of my femur too tight into the hip socket making it feel worse.  ART worked when I was having my shin issues last year.  I’m hoping it might help relieve some of my hip issues as well. 

Because my hip hurt like the dickens after Monday night’s run.  I suppose I pushed the pace a little too fast a little too quickly or something.  I really don’t know.  That’s what so frustrating about this injury.  Some days it feels just fine. Other days I ache after any kind of activity. 

Still, I’m having fun doing what I’m doing and, hey, I got a new pair of shoes!  And, at least for this gal, new shoes make everything better.