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Love the idea, Victor. I've just been lazily soaking it in ice baths, not alternating and probably letting it sit too long. The color is getting worse, and the swelling isn't going down very fast, but it is feeling much better. I will be testing it a bit on my bike today.
WARNING: You may want to cover your eyes.
As an alternative to the ibuprofen dependecy, my aunt just introduced me to something called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) as a means to confront physical or emotional traumas to the body. Seems simple enough and like it could be quite effective.
That's great Helen. I can't say enough about the wonders Pilates has done for me and seems to do for most runners. 30 seconds is very good. I have been attending an hour long class 2-3 times per week since last May. The longest we've ever held it in class is 2 minutes. I consider it necessary maintenance and preemptive strategy for reducing me knee issues which are caused by an over-striding left leg. I usually finish all my runs off with some kind of core work, foam rolling, side-line work now. The side line work has been the best medicine of all (hip stability). The whole plank-hold pursuit was born out of friendly competition I was having with a friend who is 62 yrs old and has a party trick where he holds a 6 minute plank on his elbows. He is always trying to get me to "eat like Jesus" whatever that means. He started planking as therapy for his shoulders. I decided it would be fun to practice long plank holds after all my runs. I had to alternate between high plank on my hands and low plank on my elbows, but that's 13 minutes straight-- no rests, no butts up in the air, just the longest/loudest song in my music collection.
Deep down, I know resting it is right. I haven't had a full day in bed for years. I was getting really antsy last night...so I decided to channel my hyperactivity to attempt a personal best plank hold.
NAILED IT! 13 minutes, baby! (My previous record was 7 minutes).
This is very relevant to my running. After last year's chronic knee pain put such a damper on my year of racing, I decided to be religious about Pilates and strengthening my core and stabilizing my hips. I've come a LONG way. I could barely hold a plank for 2 minutes this time last year.
Ahhhh, so sorry, Chris. I sprained both of my ankles about a year ago and tried everything. I resorted to ibuprofen which I detest taking any meds but a runner at heart gets desperate. I ran anyway on drugs and it took twice as long to heal. I even ran a marathon on them. DUMB! That is how I refuse to give up running. I would not recommend what I did. I truly believe the only thing to heal a sprain is to stay off of it until you can run without pain. I didn't want to have to "start all over again" so I continued to run. Too worried I would lose my love of runnning. I was miserable though and in so much pain.
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