Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Run With a Smile....

Ask any athlete after reconstructive surgery if they truly believe they can perform like they did pre-surgery. Chances are many athletes will put on the smile, puff out their chest, and proclaim that they will be even better. Chances are, behind that brave face is a frightened, beat down, lonely version of the athlete prior to going under the knife.  No matter the athlete’s age, surgery will change them.  Whether they accept it or not…whether they admit it out loud or not, they are now a different person physically.  Things have been moved or removed from their original location.  The body is not the one they once knew.  Yes, behind that brave face is a much different athlete. 
 
Last Saturday morning I went for my first ever 5 mile run.  The roads were covered in ice.  The wind was brutal.  I had a nasty cold that allowed me to breathe out of one nostril.  I wanted nothing more than to sleep in.  But, I went.  During the last half mile of what was by far my hardest run to date, I started to smile.  I realized that the younger, stronger, and much more physically “able” version of me from 11 years ago (before my final knee surgery) would never have done what I just did.  I began to laugh as I realized that I am in fact a much different athlete.  Behind my frozen nose and chapped lips, lives an athlete that has learned how to drive this amazing “somewhat altered” machine to places that frightened, beat down, lonely girl never imagined she’d go. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Doctors make the WORST patients...

The training continues.  I ran 4.5 miles on Saturday, which was my longest run to date.  I felt great.  I honestly end every run with a smile.  Being told you will never run again certainly changes the way running feels.  The knee is feeling pretty good and I barely notice it during runs.  A few times over the holidays, I had minor swelling, but nothing a little ice and stretching couldn't take care of.  I also noticed that during those couple of weeks, I was missing my pilates class for various reasons.  I always do an hour of pilates following my Tuesday and Thursday runs, but had missed a few during the holidays.  As soon as I started up my classes again, I haven't noticed the little twinges in the knee.  Pilates is phenomenal for building core strength, but it is also great way to force yourself to stretch the hamstrings.  I know that for me personally, if my hamstrings become tight, I start to have increased knee pain.  I preach to my patients how important certain stretches are for their specific issues, but it wasn't until now that I realized I needed to start listening more to myself!  Sometimes, the worst patients are the doctors!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Patient Success Story - Lisa Knestrict

I did not start running long distances until the summer of 2007...I ran my first half marathon!  Things were going great.  I ran a few half marathons the next year, and then I found myself injured in the spring of 2009.  After seeing an orthopedic who suggested resting for 6 weeks and extensive x-rays/MRIs, I decided to try out a chiropractor.  I found Dr. Bozovich luckily through my insurance website.

I was so nervous to see a chiropractor--but I was willing to do anything BESIDES rest for 6 weeks.  She was great. No cracking or manipulations. Just a few simple exercises to get my muscles to "turn back on"  along with some excellent massage therapy!!!!  I felt better within a couple of weeks...and I got to continue running through my recovery. 

I have been back a few times within the past few years. Always just a few quick visits to get me back on track.  I believe I have referred at least 10 fellow runners to her.  We all joke around and call her "the witch doctor," because we have no idea how it all works.  But we know it does work and we wouldn't trade her for the world!!!! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Don't tell anyone...

I am really enjoying this whole running adventure.  So much so, that I actually thought about doing this after the mini is over.  This might actually become part of my life.  Hard to believe, especially if you've ever seen me in my office when I make it a point to let everyone know that runners are pretty much out of their minds (in a good way of course).  I've experienced just the tiniest of left hip pain after my 3 mile run yesterday.  But, I did a simple movement pattern and the pain was gone within a few hours.  I even went to a 45 min pilates class last night and felt even better.  Did I mention I ran 3 miles yesterday?  That is the farthest I have ever ran in my entire life.  I've always played sports and been pretty active, but never a runner.  I like this.  I like the feeling of an open road in front of me, with my destination getting closer with each stride.  I always thought I'd buy a Harley one day so I could experience that "open road" feeling that my dad always talked about.  Well, I think I found it and I understand.  There is just something so peaceful and almost spiritual about seeing the open road with no one around you.  It's just you and the pavement under your feet.  Who knows, maybe one day I will buy that Harley.  But for now, I like the idea of letting my feet take me where I never thought I could go.