Thursday, September 15, 2005

the running drug

I LOVE to run! Yet I can't do it! Let me tell you a little story about the power of your brain. When a person runs or exercises hard, your brain releases chemicals into your system to sustain and make you feel good. It is very addicting! I had started running about three years ago and loved it. It would get this feeling in my body and I just HAD to go for a run. well, I re-hurt an old injury in my back and it became too painful to run. Actually, it was my sacrum that was the problem. That is the little triangle bone that sits between your two hip bones and carries your spinal column. Anyway, it took two years and the help of a fantastic chiropractor and I was able to start training again, well, in my zeal, I got a pretty bad shinsplint and had to stop. When I could go again, I developed achillies tendonities and that is really painful. It almost feels like a charly horse in your calf muscle that wont go away. So I stopped again. Then the outside tendon on that same leg by my knee started to hurt a little. Well, by this time, I am starting to wonder if there is some higher power that doesn't want me to run! But I am invincible! I will not give up so easily! So I started again and my shinsplint got so bad I had to wear a cast for 3 weeks!!!!

well, now I have had my cast off for 2 weeks and I am starting SLOW! I walked today for a 1/2 hour and went 2 miles. Now mind you, that is after two weeks of going really slow so I am pretty proud! And I am happy to report, NO PAIN SO FAR!!!!! I can still remember that high when I used to run and It still calls to me! I will be a runner again before I die if it kills me and it just may!


Lisa M. said...

I think two miles in a half an hour is anything but slow!


I do however, think my dear that you are doing the right thing. I hope that you can be up and runnning pain free, soon.

I understand how much this means to you, and I wish the very best in your endevor.

Suzie Petunia said...

I share your love and enthusiasm for running endorphins! I've loved running since high school when I did cross country and track (all 4 years!) Lucky for me I haven't had all of the injuries you've sustained (knock on wood!) But when I was pregnant and the extra weight started to hurt my knees and hips I switched to using an eliptical trainer. It's amazing - the same kind of workout without any strain on the joints! Have you ever tried that?

Anonymously Yours... said...

I agree with Suzie...And depending on the resistance level you use, you can actually burn more calories than just running, itself! Good luck!