I can hardly remember any more what I did yesterday, but it was good… I do remember that.
Today I went for the Gait Analysis as I’ve been threatening to do for a couple of months. It was really very interesting—- though left me still with almost as many questions as I had going in. At some point, I might just need to get to the it is what it is part and stop asking. What I went in with was questions about hip pain, inner thigh and hamstring pinching, numb feet, and as part of that discussion, I was asked about my medical history… which was like pull up a chair My medical history, at this point, includes S1/S2 cysts, neuropathy, history of brain surgery to minimize presence of a collection of spinal fluid that went from my C4-T10, and… some kind of hamstring injury. The evaluator today said it all could be contributing— or could’ve contributed at some point— and the first thing he recommended was a case manager of sorts. Because without one, I’m playing whack-a-mole. Which sounds about right.
So the major findings were that I do have scoliosis (which the last ortho mentioned, and I decided he was crazy and wouldn’t be going back), and it is significant enough that it is messing up how my feet strike. I also have core instability on par with that which his patients with Cerebral Palsy have. This is where my history of spine stuff came in. We worked on some exercises to try to address this, and I couldn’t do them. Yet— obviously. So the theory is that I’ve possibly never had any kind of core awareness with the spine issues, and to that I say, sure. Maybe. I have had pain in my hips with running since I was a child. The more important question is what can I do about it?
He sent me home with some very interesting exercises that were unlike the core exercises I’ve done up till now, so I will start them tomorrow, assuming I’m not so sore from today that I can’t move. There were breathing exercises and a few exercises to try to get my hips in the right place… and my mid-section is all a wreck, so I’ll start working on it. As far as whether or not this will stop the pain from coming back, he said he couldn’t guarantee it, however, the way things were getting jammed with each foot strike, he said tendon and ligament injuries were highly likely. And I’ve been going to Kevin every week for a probable “tendon injury”, so maybe.
About my cadence… he commented on that before we talked about anything else at all. He said, “I can see someone’s been coaching you with your cadence.” Yes. He said it was a good thing because that will help me in the long run, but that for today’s testing purposes, it would make things look better—but only superficially. That I’ve done a great job increasing the cadence, but that I haven’t addressed any of the underlying problems. This wasn’t to say it was a bad thing— I just need to try to correct these other issues as well. From here on out, I should continue striving for that high cadence and postural changes. My new goals for posture include a more controlled (level) hip position with less of a stiff leg extension. My goal in addressing it is to try to get my position right even for a minute or two, say, at the start of every new song. He didn’t think I was going to be able to do it for 4 miles straight, and that is okay. However, I should be at least attempting to fix it at regular intervals throughout my runs, and I should be building on that.
He could not read my MRI, but he was going to look into a recommendation for a good ortho specialist in my area and would get back to me…
That’s… oh, and dancing— is probably not helping. Lots of load into the hips and … yeah. He didn’t say I couldn’t do it, but it is best, especially while I attempt to recuperate, to avoid more than a casual couple of songs. And, that’s okay. I can certainly enjoy a couple of songs and then cut it out— and get my exercise-exercise from running.
So that was the gait analysis.
Yesterday, I was really tired by the time I was getting near my run (it had been a full morning of volunteering at the school), so I decided I was going to have my coffee even though I know better. I was about 45 minutes from my run still, and my numbers were looking great, so I had a coffee and then danced 2 songs. I was very happy about this yesterday, as it really worked well for my numbers, but after today’s stuff, I’m sure it probably won’t be a great solution for the future… and I really did think it was a great solution for the future. So coffee 45 minutes before my run, 2 songs of merengue, and then I timed everything else really well— I was 100% ready to run by the time I had my banana, which I ate, dropped peel in the trash, and got on the treadmill. My BG at start was about a… 138? I can’t remember for sure, and it was about an 85ish at finish. I ran 4.75 miles in 40 minutes. Some pinching but hip was good.
I feel like I need to rest, this post was so long… All in all, a good couple of days, and tomorrow I get to run again. But probably not pre-run-dance.