The first time I ran Brooklyn, as a newlywed in 2013, I ran my best time at 2 hours, 17 minutes. I'd yet to have a running injury, but oh lord, I look back on the videos Marc took of me when he was cheering me on from the sidelines and my form was terrible. I was pronating all over the place, and my knees knocking together look like an ad for How to Eventually Need Knee Surgery.
The second time was last year, with my stalwart and amazing friend Laura. We both felt undertrained, we both had plantar fasciitis that was concerning to us, and neither of us had the training season we were hoping for, so we were anxious to get the damn thing over with in one piece.
Yesterday carried with it similar worries of last year's race in the sense that I've been extremely neurotic about injuries and injury prevention, but it was less a "thing to get through" and more a challenge to see - am I really and truly well? Was going for this race that I love so much so soon after a significant injury a stupid idea or the perfect way to get my brain back on board with my body?
The healing force that came into my life in 2014, while I was still dealing with vague mystery hamstring pain that had plagued me all year, was a physical therapist named Fabricio Rodrigues. I've sung his praises in the blog before but mainly I just recommend him to everyone I encounter who complains as having so much as a slight headache.
Fabricio got me back to running after my hamstring injury, even joining me for my first race back. When a random case of runner's knee popped up the following winter, he gave me the tools to squash it immediately without slowing down. He's let me swing by multiple times so he can KT tape me before a race to get me feeling stable, supported, and strong.
And when I continued to run on my plantar fasciitis last summer and tore the damn thing, he made "house calls" to Karma Kids to help my crazily out of balance body as it went through life on crutches / the peg-leg.
|Fabricio, me, & Marc |
Achilles Run, 2015
Plainly put, I probably would not have run a single pain-free step these nearly three years without him, and I just finished a half marathon entirely due to his expertise, treatment, and friendship.
So, don't be like I've been oh-so many times in my life - don't push through pain if you don't have to. Bounce Back Physical Therapy is where you'll find not just Fabricio but other caring PT's (and the fabulous Irene at the desk) who can set you back to doing what you love again. I cannot overstate how profoundly it has changed my life.