So I promise I am not going to become a once a week poster. I feel like such a slacker for not posting and even more of a slacker for not keeping up with your blogs lately. I wish I had a great excuse like some of you have had in the past like, my Internet was out because I just moved... or I have been on vacation... but I don't have a great excuse. I just suck. I vow to be a regular poster from now on. Please forgive me, things have been rather out-of-whack lately. Let me let you in on what I have been going though...
You probably don't remember this, but last month I blogged about a numb foot I was dealing with while running. I was a bit panicked at first, but my fellow running bloggers calmed my spirits by letting me know that I should first try and loosen my shoe strings before I head into neurosurgery. I did just that, and things seemed to be a lot better. In the mean time, I have purchased my fabulous shoes (which you can read about here) and I just knew I was on my way to half-marathon victory.
Lately, I have been dealing with the same issue - in my new shoes - which are not tied too tight. It starts occurring in my right foot around mile 4 and the numbness continues to spread up my leg the farther I run until I stop running. Which at this point, I have to walk around for a while shaking it off before I start to stretch, etc. Being the Marketing Rep for a hospital I have a lot of connections when it comes to medical issues so I have been able to consult with my mom who is a Radiology professor and a friend of mine, who is a physical therapist as well as a few physicians. They all say this sounds like a nerve issue in my lower back (L1 and L2 to be specific) but aren't exactly sure what could be causing it... it's a mystery (insert Twilight music here). Hopefully it is due to my running posture (maybe) which can be corrected with technique and therapy. I plan to begin physical therapy next week as soon as I get a script from my doctor. I am not going to stop running... I refuse to let this slow me down... (Insert Puff Daddy music: "Can't nobody take my pride, Can't nobody hold me down. Oh no! I've got to keep on moooovin!) but I do want to get it under control before I have a serious injury down the road.
Next on the agenda: Races... I signed up for 2 races before my half. The Livestrong 5K in Austin, TX on October 24th and a local charity 5K to benefit the Hope Crisis Center later this month. I am going to have to plan my runs those weeks to ensure that those races fall on a short run day, which should be no problem. I want to do them because I love running in any type of race. Not for the "race" aspect, but for the adrenaline, being around other runners, the numbers, the t-shirts, it's just so much fun to me!!!
So far i have logged 8 miles this week. I hope to make it 20 by Saturday. San Antonio is only 8 weeks away!!! EEEK!
Until next time (which will be sooner than later), Marvelous miles to you all!