The things I’ll do for running

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All to keep at it

First, let may say that my I tip my hat to anyone who has been on crutches for any length of time. My two measly days were more than enough, thank you very much!

As I hobbled around on the crutches last week, I was thinking about the lengths I will go to in order to keep running. Over 16 years of running and a few injuries, I’ve gone through quite a bit, all in the name of running. The list looks something like this:

  • Hundreds of massages
  • Dozens of acupuncture appointments
  • Graston, ART, and dry needling treatments
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotics (worst move ever)
  • Ultrasound treatments
  • A cortisone shot
  • Two trips to an out-of-state holistic doctor
  • PRP injections
  • A concerted effort at form change (successful)
  • A complete change in shoe type

And that’s not getting into all the day-to-day things we all do to run our healthiest/best, like strength training, yoga, lots of reading, researching and consulting with coaches. Lots of time, lots of money. Like the commercial says, though: being able to run–priceless.

What have you done to stay healthy/get healthy over the years in order to run? 

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  1. We certainly do anything possible. The most drastic I’ve done were some cortisone injections in my shins when I had bad shin splints years ago. I also cut parts out of my brand new running shoes often.
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  2. The things we do! Deep tissue massages, PT, graston technique, gait analysis – whatever it takes to keep running. I don’t want the crutches ever!
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  3. That is so true!! When I’ve been injured, I’ve not worried about cost at all- I throw every possible treatment at it. A sure sign that we are in love with the sport. Or addicted? :-) Glad the crutches are behind you!
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  4. I haven’t had to do anything real crazy yet but I am getting to the point where I will try crazy stuff to get this injury healed, so tired of it!
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  5. So true! I’ve done a lot of the same on your list and was just thinking about this very thing as I scheduled a massage for a nasty IT thing I have going on. Perhaps REST is the best cure? Nah!!!!
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  6. it’s not running for me but weights—and yep yes yeah Ive done a lot to keep at and hoisting my passion.
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  7. Oh, the things we do for love! There’s really no price tag for it. Ok, there is a price, but I sure don’t want to know what the ridiculously high sum total is!
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  8. Either done, currently do, or wish I could have the access to $LOL

    Hey, it beats blood pressure medication and arthritis from lack of activity later in life, right!?

    I too can only do two days of the crutches!
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  9. I wish I did more for my running… I should see a physio when I pick up a niggle! I push through because I don’t want to be told I can’t run!!!
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  10. Wow that is quite a list! I thought it was bad that I had to go to PT once a week for a few months but you’ve truly been through it all. I’d resort to the same things if only to get back out running again. Way to keep at it! Hope your doing better!
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  11. yes to all! done it done it!! and the orthotics, ha. no good.
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  12. It’s so hard dealing with injuries–especially the stubborn ones!! The first run back will be one to remember. Hoping you are back up and running soon! :-)
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  13. When my back was wonky last year, I was spending $150/week for treatments, just so I could get active again. Luckily, it was temporary but in retrospect, OUCH! That little foray cost me some serious money!!
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  14. Glad you’re out of the crutches. I always thought my armpits would be crazy sore.
    You’re right- when you list it all, there is a lot of stuff we do, and a lot of money we spend, to continue running healthy! Completely worth it to me!!
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  15. I love the quote: “The run never takes more than it gives back”…. sums it up for me :)
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  16. Can you comment on how effective you feel accupuncture is? I’m currently sidelined with ITBS for the second time in one year. Done everything including a regular hip/glute strengthening routine with no success. Im considering accupuncture for this injury.

    • MissZippy says:

      I have to say that I love it and do think it can help a ton. I don’t think it can do it all on its own, but as a great adjunct to healing, I recommend it and use it any time I am hurting. Usually one treatment won’t do it, but a series of treatments.

      Also, I had a bad ITB injury a few years back and nothing seemed to help it. In the end, it wasn’t lack of hip/glute strength, but a glute med. and TFL that weren’t really firing. I had an applied kinesiologist get them “turned on” via acupressure and it got me back out with no recurrence. Search my blog for Sock Doc references and you should be able to stumble upon it. Good luck!

  17. elizabeth says:

    It seems like you do not like orthotics, but I got a pair made last year and they have helped a lot. I have arthritis in my big toe joints and would probably not be able to keep running without the orthotics. Why do so many people seem to hate orthotics?

    • MissZippy says:

      Elizabeth–I was prescribed them originally for plantar fasciitis in my right foot. Ironically, after wearing them for several months, developed it in my left foot. I finally ditched them, began walking bare foot and running in minimal shoes and I have never had any hints of PF since. I am in that group of folks who believe orthotics are like casts and they weaken your feet by not allowing them to move as they naturally would. Strong feet are an important part of the running equation, in my opinion, and we can never get there with orthotics on.

      • Susan SRMS says:

        Hi Amanda,
        I have a different take on the whole shoe/injury thing. I believe there would be fewer injuries if runners wore a more neutral shoe, not worrying about heel drop, just less overall shoe. Also perform hip strengthening exercises regularly and run only three days a week., and cross train on the other days. The running days would include a short, fast run, a medium hill run and a long run. Also, one full day off with no exercise. I think most runners confuse quantity with quality and overdue, causing injuries. More is not always better. Thoughts?

        • MissZippy says:

          I just believe in less shoe no matter what, but less heel-to-toe offset in particular. Just this one person’s experience. As to mileage–very, very individual. I think most people can handle more than 3 runs/week, but that most runs should be in the easy category with speed work sprinkled in after a base has been built. And I have always, always been a proponent of one day off/week. That’s written in stone for me!

  18. Try 4 months on crutches…. I have given up any type of shoes that have a heel or are pointed. Believe I love shoes and now I just stare at them in my closet (some day I will give them away – not ready yet.)
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  19. Haven’t needed anything but common sense. When something hurts even a little bit, I’m on it right away to figure out how I can fix it. That usually means going super minimal or barefoot around the house and on the next run. Being gluten-free has helped too (LOLz)!

  20. I had Shockwave therapy done on my foot for Achilles tendonitis, that’s the most severe professional treatment that I’ve had – the best thing is that it totally helped!

    Lately I’ve been self-grastoning any areas that I feel are starting to get adhesions… right not that’s my IT band… not a pleasant experience, but whatever works, right? :)
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  21. This may sound odd, but several years ago I reduced my mileage greatly so that I can, hopefully, extend my longevity as a runner. Part heredity and partially my fault(many, many years of daily running and crazy mileage), but my arthritic knees greatly appreciated it. Taking the next step soon and getting synvisc shots in one knee.

  22. when i was running a lot, i visited a sports chiro who practiced active release therapy which helped tremendously! painful, but helpful!
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  23. Sorry had to laugh at “FrakenRunner” :)

    Sports chiropractor – every week $35/visit
    Massage – every 3-4 weeks $75/visit
    Icebaths – priceless
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  24. I think that I’ve tried 7 and a half of those (holistic doc but not out of state). I hope that you are feeling OK after your injections and are on the mend soon. PS crutches stink! They als made me realize how uncoordinated I can be sometimes :-)
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  25. When you’re passionate about something it’s really not that hard to go the extra mile to keep doing it. Even when that extra mile involves pain. I hope you heal quickly.
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  26. Oh yeah crutches seem sort of cool until you have to use them. Suck! What I need to do but still don’t do enough of is the massage thing.
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  27. monthly massage, A.R.T, yoga & strength training FOR SURE. Oh and orthotics and acupuncture. Haven’t done Graston but I suspect that will happen at some point in my life, ha ha. It’s almost the same as the things we do for love, right? :D
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  28. Crutches suck mud!!! I was supposed to use them over a year ago for the stress fracture in my hip – for 8 weeks. I made 1 day and decided I couldn’t do it.
    Glad you are done with them and hopefully feeling pretty good!
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  29. Love this list!! The way I look at it, lots of people spend money on therapists, we spend our money to keep running for our own daily therapy. In the end, running may NOT be cheaper than therapy, but it sure does make my world a much more stable place!! And for a mom, that trickles down to my family. Whatever it takes to get healthy! Hoping the PRP injection is successful for you!
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  30. I think being on crutches would make me crazy for sure! As I get ready to start a training plan again I booked a massage – trying to stay ahead of the game :)
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  31. My list is very similar to yours. I had hip surgery 3 years ago and was on crutches for 2 weeks. It was pretty terrible!
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  32. I was really lucky when I was running a lot. Aside from some off and on plantar fasciitis, I ran injury free for many years. Even now, the issues I deal with weren’t from running. My knee was injured teaching an exercise class, and that is the main problem I have right now. My massages are for pleasure (and an occasional tweaky back), I’ve never had surgery, physical therapy, or tried acupuncture. Not bad for 20 years of running. Thanks for this post, it has made me appreciate my body even more! :-)

    Glad you’re off the crutches. That would really be tough.
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  33. Holy cow!? that’s quite a list. I’ve had lots of sessions of PT for a bad back but that’s the extent of it. I love your passion though.
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  34. Crutches are the worst. They make your armpits sore (LOL). I have done a ton of chiropractic, massage, graston, ultrasound, PT., foam rolling I am thinking I would like to try acupuncture too. It seems like the list of necessary things to keep the body in one piece keeps growing as I get older :)

    Hope you are able to keep running!
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  35. I tip my hat to you being so dedicated that you would go through all of that. I have never been on crutches and hopefully never will. Lack of coordination would make it a disaster! :) If I injure myself I usually just stop and let myself heal. I hate to do it but I know the patients will pay off.
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  36. I have run! Easy and simple.
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  37. but think of how muscular your arms will be after the crutch work! :) (my arm pits always got super sore though).
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  38. Hey, so it looks like you’re wearing Delilahs in that picture. Any problems with injury when you wore those? You typically wear the Drift now, right? Wonder if there is a connection. Probably not, but I would guess that the Altras are more more conducive to good form than the Brooks. The Altras are less cushioned and have a completely flat profile. I love my Adams and Samsons, and always go back to those when something hurts or my form seems off. Going to try barefoot on the treadmill for fun today.

    • MissZippy says:

      The Delilahs are definitely a bit less shoe than the Drifts. I of course have wondered about the Drifts…will be playing around with shoes (I always am) going forward.

      • Seems like my training runs in the Samsons always feel great. Haven’t had the guts to try them or something like Bikilas in a race. Since my PR streak ended, I might as well.

  39. Graston. Ugh. Shouldn’t there be a stat for Graston just like there is for losing weight? For example, if you lose “X” pounds your pace will drop “Y” seconds?
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  40. I see my chiropractor every three weeks for maintenance. She does chiro, acupuncture, graston, etc…she’s my miracle worker. Hope you are feeling better and are back at it in no time.
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  41. I always tell myself to get massages as I know they are healthy at least once a month, but if I ever get them I feel guilty – as if I don’t deserve them, but I really need to take the time!

    You are clearly a dedicated runner ;)
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  42. Wow! You’ve been through it!! I dealt with tendonitis right before my first marathon! I also actually wear custom orthotics that were scanned perfectly for my feet and without them I would be in so much pain!
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  43. I am not a “runner” like most of you but my Hoka OneOne shoes keep me running & exercising! :)

    You rock!
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  44. well, you already know….but SURGERY. A good $5,000 out of pocket for surgery, post surgery care, PT, etc. This doesn’t include the massages and chiro over the years. and PT for IT band issues in years past. People probably think we runners are all nuts.
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  45. It’s funny when we’ll do to keep running….when honestly, it’s just running. Not like we’re getting paid to do this. But it keeps our sanity!

    I didn’t seek out one professional in 2013 except one visit to my PT when I thought I busted a rib (it was only a pulled rib muscle). I didn’t stretch. I didn’t do any yoga. I didn’t do anything but run. And climb! And I felt better than I EVER have in the past (well, aside from that little rib thingie for 2 weeks :)).

  46. I’m sorry you are still sidelined. Heal quickly and safely! Thanks for continuing to write a great blog. It’s one I always come visit.
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