As a runner one learns to push through pain. Minor aches and pains are a part of the training game and are to be largely ignored in order to log the miles and speed to produce fitness.
As a chiropractor I understand pain and weakness are a sign of dysfunction not to be ignored or injury may occur.
I guess I'm a runner.
After an inexplicably poor performance in Montana I opted to start bidding on priceline for cheap flights to New Mexico for the next weekend instead of taking some down time.
The resulting race led me to the answer I was seeking as to why my race in Montana went so poorly. It did not lead to a good race. A mile into the Jemez Mountain half marathon, which I won in 2010, there was a steep short paved downhill. I noticed some sharpness deep in my gluts. It was minor at the time but a mile later pain began occurring with every step and with full extension of my right leg. I kept moving but lost touch immediately to the two leaders. I held onto 3rd place through the major 1700ft climb through the mid point of the race. But the subsequent downhill was extremely painful with both foot strike opening up my stride. Jason quickly passed me on the downhill (then got lost giving me 3rd place) as I slowed to a pace nearly 10 minutes slower than the last time I ran the course.
The good news is I found the dysfunction. (Positive spin time). Possibly without my ridiculous back to back of racing and traveling I would linger through the next two months with my right glut being wrecked but still mediocrely getting through races by over working my hamstrings and piriformis. As it stands now I haven't run more than 10 minutes since Saturday. But I'm building back and and cross training and hopefully to be running miles instead of minutes by this weekend.
Treatment has been fun. I've trained Kadie and Ken (Marathon Chiropractic's massage therapist) to do ART on me. I've trained my dad to adjust. Stem, extension exercises, and stretching are helping. Overall I I feel more day-to-day than I feel out indefinitely which is good because I can only take so much of the exercise bike.
The Mountain Cup has once again come to a disappointing end. Even with being the high man through 4 races it appears I'm destined for 4th place after two poor attempts at getting points in a 5th race. I could get lucky if Matt and Jared have a couple of bad races but that's my only hope. Rob is going to be the champion. He's got an untouchable lead and even still is planning on doing a 6th. I'll go ahead and congratulate him.