It’s true that some runners are lone wolves (I’m looking at you, Wendy!), but even those lone wolves tend to rely on more than just themselves to keep running. I came back from a long walk with Lola at the park and today’s subject just popped into my mind.
Seriously, very few runners get by just totally relying on themselves. It truly takes a village to keep running! A few things I didn’t mention: running groups, the guy who does your shoe fittings, and other bloggers!
Friends & Family
Runners need support. That support can take many forms: people who will listen to us brag about our latest races, moan about our latest injuries, wax poetic about running form, help with the cleaning and cooking, help with the racecation plans, and on and on — all without rolling their eyes at us.
At least with a minimum of eye rolling.
Friends and family step in and step up! Yes, I’m looking at you, Mr. Judy. I know I don’t say it often enough, but thank you for putting up with all my crazy ideas, whether last minute or long range.
I have not yet worked with a coach. Not one on one. There’s my USAFit coach, but she has an entire group to coach. There was the year I used Runnersconnect, which didn’t work so well for me (but works for others).
I went to a chiropractor for the first time about 2 years ago. Then in 2015, I started going every other month, or more frequently if I were injured or a race was nearing.
How ironic that my BIL was a chiropractor, but was forced to retire early due to an accident, so I never saw him.
I do feel getting adjusted on a regular basis has been helpful, but it’s not a cure-all.
I had my first PT appointment on Monday. I wish I’d sought out PT many years ago. I’m not yet sure if it’s helping, but I know I really liked the person I saw (Ray at Positive Motion for the locals).
And I know that in the future, if something is bothering me, I will most likely be back.
Running is a great excuse to see a massage therapist on a more regular basis. I wish my insurance paid for bimonthly massages, as some of my friends’ insurance does! Or paid for massage at all. My massages are all out of pocket, but they’re pure bliss.
I’ve yet to do anything other than Swedish massage, but maybe, just maybe, I’ll book a sports massage in April. Technically I’ll have a massage in April, as my race Sunday offers free postrace massages — but being free, obviously they’re a quickie, and I didn’t get a massage in March at all. So it goes.
Who populates your running village?