March 7, 2011

A Massage AND a RUN!!

The Massage:
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Several of you recommended I get a massage done to see if it would help with my ITB issues.  When I was training for my HIM and marathons, and having some piriformis issues, I went once a month to get a Sports Massage and it was HEAVEN!  So, I thought I would give it a try.
Well, this morning I finally went to my appointment!  For some reason I was nervous, but also anxious to see if Bethany (my massage therapist) could work some magic.  Let me just say that it was awesome.  She focused a lot on my right side and used just the right pressure.  It hurt, but felt good at the same time.  I left the appointment hopeful that the massage would give me some relief from my ITB pain.

The Run:

I decided to try out a run on the treadmill tonight after we put our boys down for the night.  I was really nervous because I just didn't want to feel that twinge of pain again.  Mentally, I just don't think I could have taken it.
I forced the negative thoughts aside, blasted my favorite running tunes, and just started running.  I decided to run at a nice, easy pace and not push it.
I felt good and I started getting excited.  I ran past the 1.4 mile mark, which is what I made it to last week, and got a huge smile on my face.  Around the 24min. mark I started to feel a little pressure on my knee.  Not a twinge of pain, just some pressure.  I probably could have kept running, but I didn't want to press my luck, so I stopped.
I made it to 24 minutes with NO PAIN!  Woohoo!  I know that isn't a huge amount of time, but considering the fact that I haven't really been able to run for the last 6 weeks, I'll take it! :)
After the run, I did my stretching routine (which I'm planning on posting about later this week) and foam rolled.  It hurt, but not as much as it did after my run last week!  Baby steps...that's what it's all about when dealing with an injury.
Happy and sweaty after my run! :)
 

28 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh I am so happy for you!
One step at a time...literally!
Massage sounds like a good idea.....

Jill said...

That is the smile of a successful run - I LOVE it!!!

Barbie said...

I am so very happy for you Aimee. That is wonderful news. I am doing a happy dance for you :)

Ironman By Thirty said...

Woohoo!!! Baby steps is all it takes!

Glad the massage helped. You'll be back 100% in no time :)

Michael said...

That's awesome that your massage was great and you had improved pain. Keep easing into it and you will be back to 100% in no time!

Teamarcia said...

Woot for the run! I'm glad the massages are working for you.

Julie said...

YEA!!! Aimee is running!

TiffersRunsTX said...

Beautiful, lady! I'm due for a massage veryyyyyyy soooooon, omg. :O Guess I'm booking that puppy today!

Kacie Darden said...

Congrats! It is always exciting to get running again!

trisha*n said...

That's awesome! Have you tried foam rolling before and after your runs? I had some ITB stuff going on for some time so I bought a foam roller since lots of people had recommended it. It saves me! I still do it because I get really tight. Just a suggestion :)

Jon said...

Great news!

Julie said...

SO AWESOME!! What a great run! Yes...TAKE IT! and be happy...and know that more and longer runs are in your future :D

Kovas said...

Welcome back to running!

Alisa said...

Yay!

I've never had a sport massage I think this is something I'm going to put on the birthday list (for July) hehe.

Alisa said...

PS So glad you ran without pain!!!!!!!!

tri like mary said...

Yay for 24 minutes!

Emz said...

YAY for the run!

loving the "24".

funderson said...

24 minutes is bliss!

Angela and David said...

Yeah! Glad that you are on teh mend.

Christi said...

Boo Yah! That is a great workout. I hope you continue to get even better!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Three cheers for smiley face pic not the frowny one from before. Keep hitting the stretching and foam roller aggressively and ice. Baby steps and you will be ok.

Michelle Simmons said...

Nice! Smart to not get greedy trying to get it all back at once. That always gets me in trouble. ;) Hope you can keep the pain at bay!

Colleen said...

Baby steps Aimee (although 24 minutes isn't just a little baby step!) So excited to hear that you could run pain free!

trifitmom said...

awesome

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Yay for breaking the no-running streak! It feels good to be back in the game, huh?

Glad to hear the massage seems to have helped. Let's hope it continues to.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

What great news

Krista said...

Woohoo! Great, great news!

joyRuN said...

Very nice!!!

I'm scared of my massage therapist - she brings tears to my eyes when she starts on my right ITB or either calf. Hurts so good....