Monday, January 24, 2011

Just what I kneaded

A few things:

1.) It's cold.  Too cold to run? For me, yes.  I'm good with anything above 20 degrees, but when the temps dip below two-zero, you can bet my ass will be pounding the rubber on a treadmill.
2.) Treadmill running almost makes me want to throw on 2 pairs of running pants and every other piece of running attire I own and brave the frigid Northeast air just so I don't have to RUN ON THE DARN TREADMILL.
3.) Bought the Brooks Ghost, the first neutral shoe I've worn in awhile.  I'm thinking I can flounder between very mild stability and a neutral shoe.  I just need something with cushion.  These apparitions may be a winner.
4.) All my treadmill running + new shoes + an excessively difficult weight-lifting session + a night of drinking and dancing in very poor (but cute) shoes left me in pain.  While my hangover was cured with gatorade and some bad reality T.V., my stiff neck and back remained.  So I got a massage.

For the past few years, I've been going to the chiropractor regularly.  My neck and upper back can get excessively tense.  This might be due to the fact that my feet overpronate like none other and sometimes, my alignment can get out of whack.  Or maybe I should blame this on the few minor car accidents I've been in (don't worry, I don't even own a car anymore).  Whatever the case, the combination of chiropractic care and massage has worked wonders.

Unfortunately, my chiropractor up and closed and I almost cried, but then thought, "Nah, I don't need to get cracked/rubbed down every few, I'll save money!"

That lasted 2 weeks.  Today, I broke down and sought out a masseuse, who ironically also works for a chiropractor and gave me his information.  It was fate. 

So while my upper extremities are still very tight, I at least have some relief.  A few days of yoga and low mileage should get me back into the swing of things.  And hopefully by that time, the temperature will reach above freezing.

What remedies do you find work for excessively sore/tight muscles?


  1. At the risk of sounding cliche, I'm way to ADD to make it any farther than a couple of miles on the treadmill so I'm stuck running in the frigid outdoors, but I've found it's not too bad after the first mile or so. As long as you can stand the occasional frosty face lol.
    Good luck with the new shoes!

  2. My sore spot is my knees and IT band. I end up foam rolling everything at least once a day to get it all relaxed out. The pain makes me tear up every now and then but you gotta do what you gotta do. I

  3. I've never been to a chiropractor, but you make me want to go! I cannot run on a treadmill. Thank goodness the weather never gets like that hear. Sorry to hear about the frigid temps!