Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Update Post

Goodness, been awhile since I've been around these parts.  Actually I've been keeping up with the reading of blogs, I've just not had a chance to write something of my own.

Lets see....where was I?

Ah yes, the 16 year old's birthday weekend.  It went fantastically.  She proclaimed it The Best Weekend Ever so that was good.  The quick rundown (and very pictureless which is sad really since we were in San Francisco on one of the most beautiful weekends imaginable):  Walt Disney Family Museum (recommend), high tea at The Fairmont (recommend), wander around the Fairmont looking into all the ballrooms to see how they are decorated for the evening (recommend), follow wedding party around and blatantly stare as they are getting their pictures made (recommend), walk through Chinatown and buy mug with dragon on it (did I mention I'm a dragon and it is the year of the dragon??), go to Union Square and discover that unbeknownst to either one of you, you are both shoppers (recommend) and then proceed to spend money (don't recommend) on lots of goodies and then get back to hotel at 9:30 and fall instantly in bed.

That was day one.  Day two:  Eat breakfast at cute cafe (recommend), go back to Union Square and realize that you a aren't shoppers after all (thank goodness) however, play around Crate and Barrel sitting on EVERY couch in the store to see which one is the best (recommend), go pick up car and drive (don't recommend) to the Haight but find it is overwhelmed with music festival and the music sounds a bit scary (from the drive by) and there are a million people and no parking so decide to go see the Golden Gate bridge, realize that the worst weekend in SF is a warm weekend (don't ever recommend driving in SF on a nice weekend) so finally get to bridge, cross it and then come back and drive through Sea Cliff which is where the fancy schmancy houses are (recommend), get to the coast  to come home that way and realize part of Hwy 1 is closed (really?) and then finally get home.


Then last weekend was spent in Phoenix (yes hot) at a friends fancy schmancy house (yes, really) and just having a plain ole good time.

Work's been crazy busy but the in between has been fun.

Oh yeah -- this is supposedly a running blog.  Well lets talk about that then.

Shortly before the SF weekend the chiropractor told me to just relax.  It seemed that my back was hurting worse than before but I was trying to ramp miles and he was basically adjusting me all over the place and it wasn't pleasant.  In fact, it was quite painful.  Apparently when he told me I could still run, he didn't realize I would.  HA!  So he said to just take it easy and make no run over 2 miles.  Well, with two busy weekends away (no running either one) and a crazy work schedule, I just took the running down to a bare minimum and sort of chilled.  And who knew, he was right.  It seems all his crazy talk about fixing me is coming true and it is nothing short of amazing (for me anyway).  The thing is I've never talked about much is that I've had constant low grade back pain since forever.  It was just something I accepted -- but it was getting worse last fall and early winter and then when I started back after the foot fiasco it was very very bad.  But I figured I'd just have to live with it -- but I don't think I do.  So between his Cox table, ART, regular adjustments and me doing some actual core work, I actually feel a ton better.  Like amazingly better.  Not perfect, but different and better. So it would seem entirely pain free might be doable.

Cool.  So.....

I'm a little nervous but I'm going to sign up this week for CIM -- it's official.  Attempt #2 at Marathon #1.  I even have gone so far as to resurrect the McMillan plan I purchased for Eugene and plug in dates to see when I start.  The plan is time based (except for long runs) vs miles based so it seems to make sense to use it.  I paid for it after all.  So that begins on 8/13 and my goal until then is to build back up the miles base.

I'm sort of scared to commit.  The ONLY goal (and I mean it) is to make it to the start line -- nothing like a 5 month drama of foot/back issues to put a little perspective on things.  I'm erring on the side of caution in all situations (I promise) and start line is my primary focus.  I'll worry about finishing after I get going.  ;)

So there we have it -- all caught up.  This week will be around 20 miles -- so you can see, I've got a bit of work to do.

And just because -- here's a picture of my newly minted 16 year old.  If I could just convey how sweet she is...she is such a doll.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Diagnosis and fun 16th Birthday weekend plans

It is quite exciting -- I now know what is wrong with me.  Well, what is wrong that relates to my back anyway -- no telling about anything else.  From the doc's write up (italics are my comments):

"Right inferior pelvic unleveling 8mm.  Right short leg 4mm.  No sacral unleveling (whew as everything else is unlevel(.  15 degree scoliosis to the right, apex at L2.  Lovett negative spinous rotation (I've not idea what this is and a quick google search tells me I need a more time to figure this one out).  Weight bearing line normal.  Disc spaces appear adequate exept mild loss of disc height at L3 and L4.  Facetal arthrosis is mild at L5-S1.  Bone density commensurate with patient's age."

So there we go.  Apparently we are going to fix me -- how exciting is that.  I always assumed that the scoliosis wasn't fixable as no one has ever mentioned fixing it before but apparently it is and that's what we are doing.  So I have to visit the chiropractor a million times in June (maybe really only 10 but when I was scheduling the visits it felt like a million) and then he'll give me some exercises to do to maintain whatever he does.  

I guess it is time to stop paying lip service to core work and actually do it regularly.  At least at this point I'll have some specific exercises to do that relate to the problems -- most that my right side is weaker because of the scoliosis.  

All this being said, damn, it hurts like hell right now.  Ever visit he says he is he is relieving pain but the funny thing is, I wasn't in pain.  I had had had some pain -- but I went to him for my foot.  Now I'm not complaining because before foot injury, my back would just kill me after a run.  And when I was starting back a few weeks ago, I'd have some runs where my back hurt.  But now it hurts crazy like and I'm not sure it is supposed to - he did some adjustments on Wed, I ran like a superstar for 4 miles on Thursday.  I went back on Friday and now yesterday and today's runs were misery.  This is baffling -- but possibly with all the movement going on in my lower back it has to hurt to get better?  I've no idea but it is the ultimate irony -- my foot is finally ready to go and now I can't make it past 4.5 miles because of my back.

If it isn't one thing...

If only I wasn't so attached to this running thing....

Anyway, in much more fun news, my little one turns 16 next Sunday.  I thought she was just born but apparently it was 16 years ago -- unbelievable if you ask me.  But get this -- she doesn't want a party with friends, she wants a weekend in SF with her mom.  How freaking cool is that.  So I've sort of planned out her birthday weekend:

Sat the 9th:

Head to city in morning. 
Walt Disney Museum 
Afternoon tea at The Fairmont

We are staying near Union Square (actually closer to China town in this small hotel I've stayed at before and like) so we'll wonder there and eat somewhere.  But she's excited to stay in nice hotel so I imagine we'll go back to room fairly early to soak up room.  

Sunday the 10th:

Breakfast somewhere -- need to figure that out
There are no shows that I want to see playing so I'm thinking of Beach Blanket Babylon.  It is a fun musical revue that I think she'll get a kick out of.  She can't go to the Sat night one (adult content) so the matinee will be fun.  But not really sure and open for suggestions on a Sunday afternoon outing.  
Then back home for birthday dinner with her dad and brother.  

We'll have fun no matter what -- she's pretty darned easy going.  And how sweet that this is what she wanted.  

All righty -- must go make dinner.