Half marathon training just began for me yesterday and I'm already forced to rest! Admittedly though I would rather address any issues now and rest until I'm better than be faced with something worse in a few weeks.
My ankles, shins and knees have been sore after running lately, especially after longer runs (especially when I reach 10k). I was concerned a previous injury from when I was younger might be causing some problems, and I finally gave in and got it checked out.
I chose to go to a chiropractor for a number of reasons - I don't have a family doctor who can refer me anywhere else; I have had very good experiences with chiropractors in the past addressing various injuries; and I knew one that I trusted already from meeting her on a several networking and social occasions. I know some people aren't into chiropractic but it has always worked for me. I made an appointment yesterday and hobbled/drove myself over there this afternoon.
She did a complete assessment and I was very impressed. When she described the problem to me it just seemed so obvious - my ankle's range of motion is not very good, leading to my shin and then my knee over compensating for the lack of movement. A few quick adjustments and some Graston technique and I'm feeling better already. I'll be seeing her a couple times a week for the next while until things are back to 100%.
The bummer of course is that until things are improving I'm not supposed to run. The conversation went something like this:
Doc: When are you planning on running next?
Doc: Good answer.
It's a combination of resting so I get better and so we don't confuse any pain from the treatment with pain from continued running. I never thought I would be in a position where all I want to do is get out there and run! Who is this person I've become?? All I want to do now is get out there but I will be a good little patient and ice my knee without whining too much about being benched.
How do you deal with injuries? Who is your go to treatment provider? Any tips on dealing with my very antsy legs?