I equate running with injury. I’ve never been able to run for any extended period of time without encountering some nagging little pain or injury. This time is no different. I am most likely to blame for this because I don’t religiously do everything I should. I go too long, too fast and too soon. I don’t stretch nearly enough, even though my flexibility is pretty good. Then, there’s the mystery misstep, stumble, blister or hard workout…and the next day everything is out of whack.
I see people running all the time. None of them seem to have issues. Maybe the ones with problems are all indoors. I know I can’t be the only one because there’s an entire industry of self-treatment, injury and recovery prevention…not to mention physical therapists, orthopedist and the like. I’ve had little success in most of these methods, despite trying all sorts of things. A few things have worked well for me: acupuncture, massage and rest.
Right now I have a pretty extensive collection of tools:
- Stretching Rope (I do a form of active isolated stretching)
- Various balls for massage and trigger point (golf ball for the plantar fascia, tennis ball for TFL, gluteus, etc.)
- Strengthening bands
- “The Stick” (exquisitely painful and exhilarating)
- Foam Roller (more massage and trigger point release)
- Strassburg Sock (for heel pain, plantar fascitis, tight calf muscles)
- Ice packs and dixie cups (for ice massage)
- Kinesio tape