So, my appointment with the chiropractor was interesting. He found issues all up and down my legs.
- My right foot lands with my toes pointed slightly out (knew that)
- The muscles in my calves and thighs are scary tight (knew that)
- My hips do something I don’t exactly remember – collapse? rotate in?
- My glutes aren’t activating (Know anything about that, Katie?)
- Because of the other issues, my ITB is messed up
- And a whole ton of other stuff that went completely over my head
- Oh, and I need to stop slouching and pull my shoulders back
He graston’d a couple of spots, did ART on my knees, used the stick on my calves (OMG, I just about screamed), and a few other things that involved pain and parts being twisted. He would have done more, but since he knew I was racing this weekend, he said he’ll wait until next week.
So, I’m sure inquiring minds want to know:
- Am I allowed to run? Yes, he said I can run until the pain starts.
- Did the VFFs do it? No. His opinion was that I was a delicately balanced mess and that the VFFs may have played a role in the pain happening, but they didn’t cause the mess.
- Am I allowed to run in the VFFs? Not for the moment. He wants to me to work on strengthening some muscles first and then I’ll be allowed very short sprints in them to teach my body how to transfer that gait to running in them at a slower pace.
I’m sure I missed a lot, but holy heck, it hurt and I’m apparently screwed up from my ankles to hips LOL. My “homework” for the next week is to practice doing squats correctly, do leg lifts that he calls Jane Fondas (makes me want to go find my leotard and leg warmers LOL), and foam roll my ITB (I think that’s what I’m foam rolling. I know how to do what he wants, just not sure what it’s called.) I’m also supposed to focus on making my right foot hit the ground straight, which is going to be super challenging. Next week I go back for a whole lot more adjusting and a ton more exercises.
I’m hoping to switch to the 5k this weekend and I have no idea what I’m going to do about the Philly Half in November.
But at least I have a plan.