Thursday, March 29, 2012

Adversity Builds Strength

So, it's been 8 days since I last ran.

I've been icing my shins and knees daily.  Stretching. Popping ibuprofen. Consulting with trainers.

And, even with low intensity cross-cardio activities like spinning and the elliptical, I'm not getting better.  I still have pain.

With less than 6 weeks to go before the half marathon race, I decided to reach out to a professional.

My husband sees an amazing chiropractor who he loves...and so I thought, what the's worth a shot.  They took x-rays of my spine and did various scans.

This morning, we reviewed the results and to say I was shocked is an understatement.

A healthy spine should have a 60% curvature at the top much like a banana.  Mine is completely curved forward as if I'm an old lady with crazy Osteoporosis.  My pelvis is not centered and when I stand, I'm off balance by four pounds to be exact.

Because our bodies are one long kinetic chain, everything is connected and my lower back is over compensating for my spine and pelvis.  Consequently, the impact of my running is being absorbed by my knees and shins.  And, it hurts.

I go back in a few days to determine the game plan...but the doctor has high expectations and fully believes that I'll not only run the race but also be able to safely run for the rest of my life.  If, I can get my alignment on track.

I've learned a lot.  My confidence has increased, but so has my fear.  I just want to run, but more importantly, I want to be healthy.  I pray that one day I'll look back and say that adversity made me stronger.  It's just that right now, I feel vulnerable and tired.  The weather is inviting me to run...but my head is saying don't sabotage the healing process.  I visualize myself on the course feeling good with a body that is coming across the finish line happy and healthy.  Let's hope that I get there.

1 comment:

  1. Kelly- Last year, I finally had had enough with my knees hurting all the time. I went to an orthopedic specialist who then sent me to a physical therapist. Turns out my pelvis was rotated and that was causing all sorts of tension on my knees and other joints. After working with the PT for about 6 weeks, I felt like a new person. It's hard to believe how much difference it made. Knock on wood, but my knees haven't hurt since.

    So, have faith. Better days are ahead.


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