The side stitch that just refuses to go away

May 30, 2010

I’m in a hate hate relationship with my body lately. Keep getting pain in the right side of my body, the location seems to change at times but this started 2 weeks before the Boston marathon and has been lingering. One of the common reasons people get side stitches is dehydration, that hasn’t been the reason for mine I think. One of the interesting things has been harder effort doesn’t always result in it acting up, to the contrary running downhill seems to bring it on and running uphill seems to alleviate it. That tends to make me think it’s something with my running form and I’ve gotten a few points of confirmation of late on this theory:

  • In my last sports massage Lisa said she thought the left side of my back along the spine was more developed than the right.
  • When I run uphill I tend to run much more upright
  • Running downhill if I focus on running upright and keeping my shoulders down things tend to be better
  • My left shoulder seems to ride a little higher when I’m running

So all this means there is likely some twist in my body and some core issues to work through, so that’s what’s on tap to address for now. The goal is pain-free running in a month … well from this pain anyway 😉

On the road to recovery?

August 14, 2008

4 miles into the workout yesterday I decided to back off and ended up walking quite a bit of the way back. Got in to see the doctor yesterday, really wanted to make sure I hadn’t done something bad since the onset of the pain was pretty sudden. The diagnosis … I sprained/strained some ligaments on the underside of my right foot, that also ended up aggrevating my plantar. He suggested, ice, keeping the calfs loose and working on those foot exercises I’ve been bad about keeping up with … and getting some release word done on the foot.

Today I saw Lisa who worked on my legs, let’s just say there were a few moments of pain but today was about getting through that for the long term benefit. My plan now is to hit the bike at the gym for 30 to 40 minutes the next two days, ice regularly, use the TP massage for the calf. I’ll hopefully get a short run in Satruday morning with the Running 101 group to test out the foot and then gradually get back into the swing of things over a couple of week.

Guess I won’t be hitting the 70 mile base mark for the next two weeks. The goal now is to get back into running and be pain free by September when we start up the next phase with speed work.


August 12, 2008

Yes, it had happen. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t expecting something to happen. That should be obvious is my previous posts.

My guess is this is related to the plantar I’ve been playing with. My outisde toes and push off has been weak and I haven’t been doing the exercises I should. Today it was a little slippery and I stuck my foot in a part of concrete that was sticking out, pushed off a little off center and then felt a twinge in my right foot. After two miles under 7 min pace I was at the rock and decided to take it easier the rest of the way. So I decided to head back the same way, the way back was then jog/walk and once I hit 4th and Congress it was all walking.

Now it’s a matter of resting, figuring put the root cause and working it out. And just doing some light stuff at the gym to maintain my fitness.

Ah those injuries, and how laziness seems to make them keep coming back

August 3, 2008

Over the last couple of years there have been a couple of consistent on and off … not quite injuries but injuries waiting to happen. After years of running you’d think that I’d be better about being consistent but alas it’s only when things start cropping up that I tend to becoming regular about strength training etc.

The three things I’m playing with right now are:

  1. Runners knee in my right knee
  2. Calf issues in the left leg
  3. Plantar in my right foot (little bit in my left foot)

My runners knee is pretty much in check and I don’t tend to feel my knee at all as long as I stick to a very simple strength training regimen. My interior quad muscle on my right leg (no idea what the technical name is) is weaker than the rest of my quad so that tends to make my knee track incorrectly a little and so the pain. As long as I can get in single legged squats once a week (body weight or machine) that seems to keep this in check. Before this one crops back up I need to make sure I hit the gym once a week, I would say twice a week but I know I wont’ manage that.

My calf issues on my left leg are interesting. I remember when I was training with Carmen and Ricardo, Ricardo made a comment that when I push off on my left foot that right before toe off I tend to push out a little. Basically a slight twist with my heel pushing outward. So I’m pushing off at that point with my big toe and the toe next to it. I need to do some of the standard band exercises for shin issues to balance things out but the other thing is the same things I need to do for my plantar in my right foot.

My plantar in my right foot has been ongoing for a couple of weeks. Lisa looked at it and didn’t find any major issues and it hasn’t in any way impacted my running or form, just discomfort if I press into it. Yesterday was the first time I did the towel lift exercise; leg extended, grab the towel and pick it up with toes only and try and use all five toes. It was an eye opener that I really struggled doing this with my right foot, it took some real concentration. I then moved to my left foot where some of my toe off issues and soreness on the top of my foot area also related to weak muscles. On this foot it was much easier to lift the towel but I focused more on using my outer toes on the left foot. Hopefully doing this regularly will help.

I should have picked up on the issues with my foot muscles earlier. On longer and faster runs I’ve been getting blisters (nothing major but there) on the front of my toes. This is from scrunching them in on runs since I don’t have the necessary foot strength. The goal now is to get all this balanced out while we’re in this easier running phase and before we hit the speed work at the beginning of next month.

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