THAW Challenge: Marathon

THAW Challenge: Marathon

Oh Boy! I have experienced some difficult times training for the LA Marathon that is coming up very soon. No body told me running a marathon was so hard! I’m going to break down the process of starting to prepare for the Marathon and some of the hardships I went through. Hopefully it’ll help you a little bit! We are half way there!

Start: I started getting into the Marathon training Nov 5th with the Tustin Unified School District Dino Dash 10k (6.2 miles). This is the third year in a row I ran this race. I love this race and all the people involved. It was a slow pace for me (I was slightly under the weather) & we encountered some light precipitation on the course.

I then wrote up the weekly training mileage I’d need to hit for the marathon. March 18th is the goal at 26.2. I traced every week from then & started laying out the mileage I’d need to hit every week with a long run every Sunday morning. I started with four runs a week.

Update: I soon found out that I needed to run everyday to stay on track. I’d run 1-3 miles before/after my big run days. If I took a day off it would always turn into 2 days off, and I’d have to run every day of the week anyways. I soon was ahead of the schedule with my long runs on the weekends. I ran a 13.3 mile on 12/24 in about 2 hour and 15 minutes. The long run mileage I had to hit was updated because I was ahead of schedule for my long runs. Then the holidays & injuries got in the way!

Mistakes & Injuries:

I ran a rough 12 miles the week before my half marathon distance & felt terrible. I was dealing with two blisters on one foot, and the cold/wind had frozen me. I was so dehydrated that I could not even spit!

Resolution: Luckily we have some amazing patients who heard my sad story & gave me help! We got proper running socks which is an absolute must if you are going to start running long distances. These socks keep your feet dry & help stop chafe that may cause blisters.

Proper gear- I was given some awesome gloves & some added nutrition for the longer runs & recovery. I purchased a running beanie & headband. This new gear made the cold morning runs a lot better.

There was a slight dip in mileage due to the holidays. I was getting shin splints because my shoes were old and completely worn down, so I had to get some new ones. Once I got back into the running after the New Year I unfortunately had a hamstring sprain/strain.

Rehab:

This injury was not major, but it really upset me. I started out with the normal rest, heat/ice contrast therapy, stretching, cupping, as well as chiropractic adjustment. I was feeling good after about 3 days, but still could not run on it.

Nutrition: Because of the injury I really focused on getting my diet on track (following a Mediterranean diet, increasing my anti-inflammatory supplements [turmeric and fish oils]). Saturday dinners will now be chicken & rice until after the marathon.

Latest: It is 9 days post injury & I was able to jog without too much discomfort. I will have to keep up with the rehab & ease back into my running routine.

I will have to update my mileage chart to make the marathon distance without too much trouble, but I should be ok (a little more rushed than hoped!).

More updates & insights to come! Run Hard, Run healthy!

Heel Hell: Achilles Issues

Heel Hell: Achilles Issues 

Heel pain when active? Especially when going up stairs, or running up hills?

Dealing with heel pain can be hell, and every active person has probably had to deal with heel pain at some point. As you start to age you can also become more at risk of Achilles injury. Remember that Achilles injuries are often secondary to a biomechanical deficit. Conservative care can help, meaning exercise, chiropractic, and acupuncture. Remember to fix the biomechanical problem to keep you out of heel hell!

If you have muscle imbalances, decreased flexibility, lower extremity muscle weaknesses that may even extend into the pelvis & low back these can lead to a functional breakdown of the Achilles tendon. Excessive pronation of the foot is found to be the major cause of Achilles tendinopathy.

Fixes: You may need custom orthotics to help with your over-pronation. Work on gait training for the foot & ankle. Also, improve the blood flow to the region (chiropractic, acupuncture). Be sure there are no low back, hip, or knee problems contributing to the imbalance & pain.

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REF: Healing the stubborn heel: Achilles problems in athletes by John K. Hyland, DC

Joint Health 101

Joint Health 101

A common problem we see in our practice is people dealing with joint issues. Shoulders, knees, ankles, and even the spine (facet joints) are often prone to instability, imbalance, and injury. The best way to keep your joints healthy is to realize what common challenges your joints are facing, and what you can do to support good joint health!

Challenges:

Wear & Tear- Exercise is essential for good health & wellness. Living an active lifestyle may lead to minor injuries due to wear & tear on the joints. Athletes of all types and levels are always pushing for the next personal best! Be smart about how you’re going to reach that goal injury free.

Aging- As you age you are more prone to joint challenges. This is a natural part of growing older, but you can still be proactive about increasing quality of life in your older age.

Ergonomics (Tech Neck)- If you are a student who sits all day in the classroom, work a 9 to 5 desk job, or you’re someone who is staring down at your phone all day then you are probably suffering from improper posture (ergonomics) that can lead to increased joint stress, which over time can lead to joint pain.

How to Support Joint Health:

  1. Proper Diet- A Mediterranean diet is a great start towards a more healthy, balanced, and anti-inflammatory eating lifestyle. Remember to eat a variety of fruits & veggies. Choose complex carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, and whole grains. Go for lean proteins. Add healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and fish to your diet.
  2. Proper Movement- Be sure you are using proper ergonomics & posture when sitting, sleeping, and working out. Remember that strong muscles help with joint stability. Improved flexibility will improve joint range of motion. Look at what movements you are doing in your daily exercises. Try to incorporate stretching, resistance training, and low impact activities into your plan to help keep your joints healthy.
  3. Chiropractic- Regular adjustments can help with proper ergonomics, posture, and any imbalances to the musculoskeletal system, and being sure your joints are moving properly.
  4. Nutritional Supplements- Supplements may help joint health in a proactive or reactive (after injury) way.
    • Boswellia- Anti-inflammatory
    • Turmeric- Anti- inflammatory
    • Glucosamine- May help with cartilage health
    • Omega-3’s (fish oil)- Anti-inflammatory
    • Gotu Kola- May improve blood circulation & reduce swelling

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*Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.