As I have mentioned earlier this week, there are a few things happening this month that I really hope will have a positive impact on getting me back to running regularly. It seems like there are a lot of parts of me that need fixing. This is how I am hoping to put myself back together once and for all.
Last week when I went in to my chiropractor and said my foot had flared up and my back was bothering me, he recommend that I see the Rolfer in their office. It’s covered by insurance and will hopefully be really targeted to my issues. While the dry needling helped initially, I think there are bigger imbalances going on throughout my body which can hopefully be addressed through this kind of massage. I went to my first appointment this Tuesday and really liked it!
Last month I was one of the winner’s of Tina’s Running4Real strength training program run by her strength coach, Drew Watts. It started this week and I am so excited. We had to send in videos of test exercises along with a questionnaire. The exercises will be personalized based on the tests and history. We were given “Week 0” exercises last week and I even felt a difference just from those. I’ve taken a break from strength training for the past week or so and have focused fully on the week 0 exercises which are really just foam rolling, breathing, and a few running warm-up exercises. They take a lot of time and I didn’t want to find myself rushing through them. Now I’m excited to start the actually strength training part of the program!
Part of the “Week 0” program included specific foam rolling, breathing, and mobility exercises. I’ve been following the videos and noticing a huge difference by focusing on certain areas and breathing correctly. For example, my upper back and shoulders have been a mess probably from slouching at a computer every day. When I went to the Rolfing session she shared a lot of similar tips about going really slowly, breathing deeply, and focusing when rolling out a muscle.
I’ve done a lot of experimenting with running shoes over the past year. I’ve learned that I think I need a shoe with a very low drop, a bit of stability, and a small amount of cushioning. Most recently I’ve been trying the Altra Provisions. These are zero drop, but it’s an ok time to try them out because my runs are super short. The zero drop hasn’t bothered me at all, probably because I’m used to the Pure Flows which only have a 4mm drop. The cushioning is perfect, and I LOVE the wide toe box. I’ve been wearing them for just over a week, but (knock on wood) they’ve felt amazing.
Well would you believe that they finally came in? Just when I found shoes that I liked. I’m picking them up today and will have them fitted in neutral shoes. Then I’ll probably bring them to my local running store and try them on with some different shoes. Plus I can tell the sales person what kind of shoe I like and see what they would recommend for wearing with orthotics. Honestly, I’m still very skeptical about these but we’ll see what happens. They are sort of a back-up plan if all else fails.
So that’s my plan for June! I like having a few things going on at the same time so I’m not putting all my eggs in one basket. I figure if the Altras aren’t working out, hopefully I will like the orthotics, and vice versa. If none of this works then I am out of ideas!
Have you ever had Rolfing or massage therapy for any injury?
Anyone else run in Altras?
If you wear orthotics, what kind of running shoes do you wear them in?