As I walked out of the physiotherapist’s office, it felt as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Having suffered (I know I sound like a drama queen) for almost three weeks solid, I finally found relief for the pain that was killing my side. One of my intercostal muscles (the ones near the ribs) was bruised, locked in a tight spasm causing me pain. With a fair amount of pressure and what felt like ‘magic hands’ the pain started to release.
I’m one of those that thinks they’re doing the right thing, but isn’t. In order to heal, I thought resting my body from all forms of gym and running was the way to go. I figured it would eventually heal itself. But it didn’t and required the help of a trained specialist who knew exactly what to do.
After four years, I’ve realized I’ve made the same mistake with my running. I’ve bought all the best selling books for runners, I’ve followed all the great running blogs, I follow a bunch of really cool runners on Twitter and every so often, I’ll try do some speed work when I go to gym. But none of this is actually making me run faster now is it? No, I need help. Professional help. I kinda need the physiotherapist but for running. I need a proper coach.
So I’ve found one. After emailing him my sob story of ‘I’m a slow runner blah blah‘, he told me to come along to one of his training sessions to meet him and give it a try. So I did … and I won’t look back.
My side is finally healing because I’ve received the proper treatment. It’s about time I gave my running that chance as well. Here’s to a new challenge and new goals!
That’s great. Hope it is going well so far and your side is healing well
That’s so cool re the coach!
Yeah, i think you did it the right way. You started with Run/Walk and developed good habits. I need to pretty much start from scratch I think.
This is such great news and great advice too! In order to improve your running you do need to seek advice from a professional, rather than listen to what has worked for others you have to figure out what works best for you. I am lucky that my boyfriend is a runner, cyclist, gym freak – he teaches me a lot! p.s I think perhaps you run faster than me already – haha! so soon you will be lapping me!
I’ve got lots of training to do to lap the walkers right now Meg! LOL
So good to hear you’re getting coaching and understanding what you’ve been doing wrong. I’d love to understand my running better! But let me run for longer than 6 months first