As the week went on my hip felt much better, and Wednesday I realized that no part of my body that's bugged me over the last year or so -- the hip, foot, calf, lower abs, knee -- was even the least bit balky. Thursday I tried running again, but only doing what I thought of as a test. I walked for half a mile, slowly, quickly, stomping my feet, whatever I could do to make my hip sore. Nothing worked. Then I ran for two miles. Slowly, but I ran. And I felt no pain/soreness before, during, or after the run. It was the first time this year I could say that. I was excited.
Yesterday I went to my first Rolfing session. To say I was nervous is an understatement, but the little lady with whom I had an appointment made me feel about as comfortable as she could. And after an hour or so of her digging into my body with her fingers, knuckles, and elbows I felt pretty good. My hip was only a little sore toward the end, even though I think her goal was to make me cry working on that part.
If you're interested, here is a documentary that's about the length of a 60 Minutes report regarding Leon Fleisher. He is a world renown classical pianist who had to stop playing for years and years because of a condition that made the fingers of his right hand curl under and become impossible to straighten out. Eventually, what reignited his piano playing career was a combination of Botox injections and Rolfing. Leon Fleisher and I share the same Rolfer, Tessy. She is shown for a few seconds a couple of times between the 11:00 and 13:00 marks:
If you're REALLY interested in Fleisher's working with Tessy, read this.
Anyway, this morning I was scheduled for my second yoga class but I was up early and wanted to see how I'd feel running. My Rolfer told me to take it easy for a day or so because I might find I was a little sore from our session, so I did. An absolutely pain/soreness-free three miles later and I was ready for yoga.
Last week there was substitute teacher who eased me into the yogatry, but this week the boss was back and she wasn't fooling around. Yoga is a combination of mind and body something or other and it's taught by gentle people who are in tune with their bodies and their place in the world. I'm not saying that Jenn
At the end of that class I was pretty relaxed, my body felt good, and nothing was sore. Today was the first time in 2012 that I can say I felt like a "real" runner. There was no need to adjust, or compensate for, or nurse anything while I ran. I warmed up, I ran, I cooled down.
I'm not saying that one yoga class and one Rolfing session is all it takes to get yourself back in whack when its been knocked out of whack, but right now I can't say it's not either.
On a completely unrelated note, am I the only who is being driven absolutely mad by this?