Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Running Mysteries & Races

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!


  1. Those races sound fun!! I don't know anything about the numbness issue, but it sounds like you got a good group of team members around you. I need to make freinds with a physical therapist too!....and a massage therapist, that would be nice! :)

    Good luck getting to 20!

  2. So sorry to hear about your leg BUT I am glad to see you back in bloggy land! The 5K's sound fun. I have a few races before my Half in December too! I just love a good race!! Keep us posted on your leg and hope you still get in your miles pain free!

  3. No apologies necessary. I have been a blogging slacker also! Get well soon!

  4. Two very cool sounding races. Good luck; let us know how they go! San Antonio will be here before we know it. Yikes!

  5. My husband had the same thing happen to him with the numbness. We weren't sure if it was compartment syndrome or what. For him, when he would get the numbness he would walk for a few minuted and then start up again. Now, the problem seems to have fixed itself. Good luck. Seems like you have lots of great resources to help figure the problem out.

  6. Hope your foot is okay. Good luck with the marathon!

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  7. To answer your question, yes I am just that witty. ;)

    Hope the foot issue gets taken care of soon. I know how the injury issues can be so mentally draining. Use those contacts and get it right. Don't over do it on the 5K's before your half. And good luck!

  8. When I first started running my last 2 toes on each foot went numb on just about all my long runs. I chalked it up to underpronation and just kept on. Miraculously 2 weeks ago during my 8 mile run (that I was soo nervous about) my toes felt fine. Now I'm thinking maybe my shoes are finally worn in. Who knows.. I hope you get yours worked out but it's kind of nice to know I'm not alone. Good luck!

  9. Bummer about your foot issues! I'm excited about your upcoming races, especially your half! And thanks for the pre-marathon encouragement. It meant a lot! I always look forward to your comments!! (And to reading your blog!)


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