A short title for today’s blog, but then sometimes it doesn’t need much explaining to point out what the blog is about. For anyone that have followed my blog you will know, I have been dealing with injury on and off from late December through into January.
Well today’s blog as usual is full of my thoughts, ramblings and retelling of events in my special style. So I have tried everything from rest, rest from just running, resting and stretching, resting and cross training, icing and foam rolling. These things in a way helped me to keep going with daily life but didn’t help me get back to proper training.
Then as luck would have it my buddy Josh finally moved to the Lower Mainland (BC) from back east. This was great news as Josh has worked on and adjusted and taped me up before and got me running. In fact we actually met as he was dealing with my dirty, sweaty, tired feet and legs post Squamish 50. Josh had volunteered to do free massage, as he is an RMT (registered massage therapist). Anyway after treating me, he gave me his card and suggested to follow up with him for some stretches to help with my feet and keep me running.
Short story short, we kept in touch and we became buddies and I made him jealous of our BC trails by constantly posting awesome trail pics to the extent, he decided to move over here. I’m sure it’s me rubbing it in to Josh that we have awesome mountains and trails that got him to move :) So just recently Josh moved over and is already getting repeat customers at his clinic because to be honest he rocks.
Josh arranged last Friday to meet me at work on my lunch break and worked his adjustment and tapeing magic and now I’m back logging miles or kilometers because I’m in Canada lol. Josh gave me some resistance band stretches and advised me to avoid any speedwork but confirmed I could log long slow runs and hills wouldn’t be an issue.
So last weekend was a long weekend and Saturday through to Monday, I logged in a total of 80 plus kilometers, and Monday alone I ran just over 40k with my buddy and Co-Race Director Rich. So together with managing to get mileage logged without issue, I have regained my confidence that I can go and race the Lake Martin 100. I won’t fail and it won’t be my first DNS or DNF (did not start, did not finish).
As Josh is new in town I really want to spread the word as I would like him to do well and build up a list of clients. He is a great guy and he works wonders. I am one of those runners who in the past has tried to run through injuries or used Dr. Google, but honestly if you are reading this post and you are injured, do yourself a favor and go see an expert.
Josh is so new to BC, he didn’t even have his business card to give me, but here are his details:
Massage Addict 1971
Port Coquitlam, BC
Main number is 778 285-0355.
So I am back from the brink of despair and facing a good couple of weeks training before tapering to Lake Martin.
PS I know in my last blog I promised more posts and then I sucked and got lazy and didn’t write a post. But I will try to be better.