We all have things in life that go great together. Some of my favorites are: peanut butter & jelly, chocolate & cherries, Craig & I, compression & ice. I could go on, but you get the picture. Perfect pairs make us happy. They make us smile. Put a little spring in our step and make our day just a bit brighter. You could even say that sometimes they save the day.
Then there are the things that don’t go well together and have the opposite effect on our mental state. For example, body symmetry issues and running. Most of us have experienced this at some point. Through trial and error, triumph and heartache we struggle when find these limiters. They may not be performance inhibiting, and they may not be causing a great deal of pain. But they’re present, they can be annoying, and just down-right concerning. They remind us that we need to pay extra special attention to our bodies or we may face greater consequences down the road.
As you know, I love to run. I mean love it! For those of you who have been around me when I cannot run, you understand. Through lessons learned over the years my goal is to keep myself running as long as I can. And that means lots of attention paid to my body – training, strengthening, nutrition, recovery – the whole shebang. I try my hardest to look into my crystal ball and find exactly what I need to do, but it sure isn’t easy.
My right adductor has been a constant sore spot for me after having the stress fractures in my pelvis. It’s one of those nagging pains that requires my constant attention. A few months ago I went to see “Magic Mike” Walters, who is THE man to see for body work and massage. As usual I give him my laundry list of problem areas, which always includes my right adductor, and he works his magic to make me feel like a million bucks when I walk out the door. This time he had a new suggestion for me in an attempt to alleviate the annoyance in my right adductor. He told me to wrap an ace bandage nice and tight around the problem area when I run, as the compression would help keep the muscle lengthened. That’s when the lightbulb went off – what a perfect match! I told him that I had just become a 110% Playmaker, and that their Kick Back Quad Sleeve would provide compression over the exact area I needed to target. “Even better!” he said.
Since that day I’ve been doing all of my runs wearing a quad sleeve on my right leg, and oh what a difference it has made! My adductor feels secure, less-fatigued, and keeping the muscle lengthened takes the stress off the surrounding muscles. I’ve been extremely happy with how my running has been progressing so far this season, and I’m sure the Kick Back Quad Sleeve is contributing to it!
Thank you to 110% for your support, and for making the quad sleeve, which just so happens to be a perfect match for my issue! And of course thank you to Mike Walters for making the connection that I didn’t notice was right in front of me 😉