If you are a chef – professionally or someone who takes their hobby seriously – you probably know your local butcher, cheese monger, the best local farmer’s markets, ect.
If you are an estate attorney, you probably have a network of people that you seek out for advice and to refer your clients with their questions.
If you are a professional assassin, you probably have some choice people whom you would call on for assistance.
See where I’m going with this?
Running is the same as all the above. You get one body, and you GOTTA TAKE CARE OF YOUR RIG! If you think you are going to be running all the miles, you better be recovering just as hard. Now, maybe you are one of the people who is biomechanically blessed and you don’t have aches and pains. Goody for you – but most of us will need help from at least one or two people along the way.
If you are not one of said biomechanically blessed humans, this is where you gotta have your team in place.
- Podiatrist: For me, the first aches and pains I experienced were in my feet. So the podiatrist was where I started. The podiatrist recommended the type of shoes I should be wearing – and his favorite running shoe store. Side note: as my podiatrist was one of the first people who helped me with getting my running chakras aligned – I put a lot of weight in what he says. No joke, the guy literally fixed about 18 issues in one visit. He also treats a lot of ultra runners – and even treated some of the characters from Born To Run in real life! Anyway, at our first appointment, when I limped into his office with my bag of shoes and braces, he told me that he thought I had huge potential to be a great runner. For some reason, I have clung to the vote of confidence in some of my less than stellar moments. I will always be so grateful to him for an off-handed comment that he probably doesn’t even remember HAHA. Heck, he probably says that to everyone that comes in LOL.
- Good running shoe store: These folks are the gate keeper to your happy feet. You CAN, of course, order your shoes online. Sometimes you can get a good deal online too, I get it. That said, I do like to support a local business, and sometimes the sales guys will point out helpful things you might not know otherwise. They can also be very helpful with lacing your shoes. It is amazing what an incorrectly laced shoe can do your foot and the rest of your legs. Running stores also have a huge amount of resources for other things – fueling, routes, I could go on and on.
- Active Release Therapist and/or chiropractor: Not all chiropractors are ART doctors, but all ART doctors are chiropractors. Having an ART doc has been a saving grace for me. This is the website I used to find my ART doc.
- Sports massage therapist: Sometimes the ART/Chiro doc does this, or has someone in their office that does. Seriously, treat yourself. This is so so great. Not a necessity when you aren’t an elite athlete, but it feels good enough to add another check in the “Pro” column for being an elite athlete HA!
- Physical therapist: Strengthening the weaknesses or imbalances is a great way to prevent injuries. Getting an assessment done by a physical therapist before you have an injury would be great, but pretty unlikely for most people.
Ideally, you won’t be seeing these people all that often. Still, it is important that you have resources when things aren’t feeling right. Because the answer is NEVER to just “run through the pain.” No. When has this ever ever ever been a good idea? And yet, you are going to wake up one day, set out to run, and you will do this. And you will regret it & pay for it in recovery time. Save yourself (and your family and friends) the pain and suffering and figure out what is wrong.
What is your first thought when you feel a twinge?
What is your favorite way to recover?