Kicking May to the curb

If you know me and know my journey, you know I put it all out there. I’m not even gonna lie, May was a tough month for me. I injured my foot during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and that sidelined me several weeks. Just as I was ready to take off running again, I got really sick for a full week.

There were other things that happened and those are what I want to share today.

I was reminded how easy it is to fall right back into mindless eating. Yep, I’m guilty as charged. I found myself eating empty calories, food that was just food, no nutritional value for my body. No means of fueling my body, just filling my body. Mindless eating and empty calories get kicked to the curb with as May makes its exit.

I was reminded that my journey is mine, period. Regardless of how many I help. Regardless of how many others I lift up. My journey is mine and nobody can ever take that from me, regardless of how hard they try.

I was reminded that injury will/does happen to all of us. This reminded me that if I am really going to attempt to inspire and lead others, I must share and be open about that. Showing others that I am human is important.

I was reminded that I must pack my lunch for work, every single day. I must be in control of the fuel that goes in my body, period. Eating empty calories and spending money on lunch that I didn’t need to spend ends as May makes its exit.

I learned that I stress over things I can’t control, which causes anxiety. I’ll leave that at just that for now.

I was reminded of the love and support I have at home. I changed my life for my family, to be with my family. It’s not about how many races I can run. It’s about being here for them. Without their support this wouldn’t be worth it.

All in all, May was a tough month. We all have them, whether we are willing to admit we have them is a different story. I have made the choice to learn from these experiences and share them with you.

Good riddance May 2014!

Injuries suck

So I went to the doctor today about my foot problem. I already knew what was a wrong, I just wanted them to make the pain go away. That’s not too much to ask I didn’t think.

The nurse recommended amputation, of course she was joking. 🙂

The doctor did not want to inject my toe as I really wanted done. He advised that the steroids will cause cartilage to deteriorate over time. This isn’t what I wanted to hear and I told him as much, very nicely of course. 🙂

He did suggest that my issue is probably being caused by my running mechanics. I’m honestly not sure what to think about this. My gaite couldn’t possibly be more neutral. Looking over my shoes I confirmed this again when I got home.

He also suggested that the tightness in my calf and hamstring muscles can also cause the issue. I do have issues with tight calves and an issue in my piriformis causing my right hammy to tighten from time to time. This makes sense to me based on the knowledge I’ve learned about functional movement from my friends at Expressions Chiropractic. We talked about the fact that I’ve switch from heal strike to mid foot strike in the last year. I believe mid foot is a safer strike in the long run. However, for athletes like me, not a good idea. I will go back to heal strike to help preserve the Seasmoid bones in my foot longer. Obviously I want to run when I’m old, so I gotta do what I gotta do, right?

I also saw the guys from orthotics about inserts for my shoes. The doctor would like custom inserts done that will help support parts of my foot and relieve pressures on others. We talked about my milage. How I train. How many races I run. Watched me walk etc. They both agreed that my gaite is neutral. We even took molds of my feet incase my insurance will cover these carbon inserts.

So what’s next? Time is my friend right now. I will seek the care of Expressions again to see what they think. I will also seek out a coach to analyze my mechanics after I’ve been running for an hour or more. Running 2-3 minutes anybody can be perfect, it’s beyond that where things could start to break down.

All in all I wasn’t really pleased with what I heard, but I suppose it’s what I needed to hear?