I get a shiver down my spine just thinking about it. And that’s just it – a wonky curve in my spine that’s been contributing to my ongoing running injuries over the past few years.
Contributing. Not necessarily causing. That’s what most doctors and specialists have told me when I come in complaining about my chronic back pain and hip tightness. I’m talking about scoliosis.
What is scoliosis? A sideways curve in the spine that usually develops in youth. Most people have a small curve, but not everyone can be so lucky to have a sizable curve as me. I knew from a young age that I had a “curve” but was told that it shouldn’t impact me too much. (That was before I became a “serious” runner.) And maybe it’s still not the cause, but I have seen an increase in back, hip and hamstring injuries these past few years. Maybe I am just getting old?
Regardless of cause and effect, I am injury prone these days. Like, 1 healthy season out of 4, injury prone. I try not to make excuses for myself, but its been tough. Anyone else relate?
Before you feel sorry for me, remember that I am a relentlessly positive person – to a fault – so I’ll be alright! Actually, I have found a running rhythm that works (quick summary: less running, more recovery). And I have discovered that I really do enjoy so much more than running.
My other happy places:
- The Yoga studio | Okay, this is mainly just my yoga mat in my own house – but, I have become a bit of a weird “Yogi” and I don’t care who knows!
- The Gym | Never thought I’d say this, but I LOVE lifting weights. Don’t worry, I’m still as tiny as I’ve always been, but at least I feel stronger.
- The Massage studio | Yep, I’m going to soak up all those “necessary” Chiropractic massages like a champ.
- The Kitchen | *Cough* not really – but I am “trying” to be a better wife by spending occasional time cooking/baking in the kitchen. My hubby’s cooking skills put mine to shame every day of the week.
- The Outdoors | Other than running, I guess I enjoy hiking, skiing, climbing, and even the occasional fishing or hunting gig with my super-outdoorsman husband.
- Anywhere but here | In other words, traveling! A dreamy 10-day trip to Colorado has been booked for this year.
In fact, I think that running a little bit less has allowed me to enjoy life a little bit more, and find a balance that works for me and my very-full-time day job. Maybe some day I’ll run 80-mile weeks again, but for now I’m going to go as fast as I can with my 4-5 days a week plan.
Next up on the race plan is the NYC Half Marathon on March 18, which is coming up way too fast! At least 10 teammates and I will toe the line in Brooklyn for the 13.1 mile trek to Manhattan. Bonus is that I get to spend a weekend in NYC with some of my best runner friends. Go GVH!
Here’s a snapshot of the open women representing GVH in NYC.