RW: Monday

I didn't planning on blogging until the end of the week, but let's face it, with my workout schedule significantly cut back this week, I have more time that I banked on. Since I can't remember, for the life of me, how my last race week went, I'm thinking I may do a daily recap. Bear with me. Workouts Spin: This was supposed to be a 70-minute session on the Spin bike, but I could not drag myself out of bed this morning. I was able to get 40-minutes in while being half asleep.

Core: After Spinning I was much more awake for the Core class. We spent the first 20 minutes of class doing all kinds of planks and side planks, as well as mimicking the type of abdominal exercises one would do with a wheel roller - only, we used a towel on the floor instead. Doris (instructor), had us work all different angles for a complete ab workout. We finished off the class by doing traditional sit-ups, which by the way, still aren’t easy. I hadn’t done any type of resistance or strength training in a week so I was pleased at how manageable the planks felt.

Travel Prep I may only be traveling a couple of hours north, but it is in a different country. So I spent my lunch hour calling my cell phone provider to add international coverage to my plan so that my cell phone works while I’m there. Even with the Canada package, I will still be charged by the minute, as well as text and MB so I don’t expect to use my phone much during the trip. But it’s always good to have the option as needed.

I also had to alert my bank of my travel plans so they don’t freeze my account (I learned this lesson the hard way a few years ago).

All I have to say is that the level of customer service has gone down. Not only was I transferred multiple times, I had to repeat myself so many times that I lost count, and was asked if I lived in Columbia. What?!?

Chiro I saw Dr. Eva for my last pre-race ART appointment. “Pain” and “torture” are the only words that come to mind to describe the visit. If you’ve never had ART before, one aspect to it is to move the nearest limb to the area that is being worked on. For example, I flexed my foot while she applied heavy pressure to my right calf. The pain is so intense that as I clenched my teeth and gripped the bench, I found that I also had little range of movement to flex my foot. So, she presses it down herself, which is added to the intensity.

In addition to my calf, she also worked on my hamstring, but was unable to break up the huge knot in it. She instructed me to keep rolling it out to try and loosen it up.

As painful as ART is, I can’t live without it.

Over the years, as I started to have aches and pains, I saw my primary care physician who gave me ibuprofen and told me to quit running. So I went to see sports medicine doctors who sent me to physical therapy, which is great, but is kinda a one-time fix for the one specific injury. Although, at least in PT, they teach you exercises to strengthen the troubled area.

Last summer I finally wised up and started seeing a chiropractor. She immediately corrected the areas where my body was misaligned (like my hips), but then did Active Release Technique (ART) to treat muscle and fascia imbalances. At first I saw Dr Eva three times a week to fix all the problems that I had, but now I see her every 3 weeks for maintenance. Each time I see her, she'll do an assessment and work on the areas that are most in need of treatment.

If you run regularly and are experiencing tightness, soreness, aches and/or pains I strongly recommend seeing a chiro who is certified to practice ART. It’s the one thing that I wish someone had told me about when I first started running on a more regular basis.