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Flexibility During Marathon Training: The Stink Scare

Welcome to Craig’s Corner: Running, Stretching, and Training Tips from Craig.

Craig DiGiovanni. VP of Sales & Marketing, Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products. Avid Runner. Wannabe Marathoner.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, being flexible helps you to stay quick on your feet… and may even keep you smelling better.   Yes, this is a bit of a tease, but it does have some relevance.

Just before dawn I was out for my morning run with my trusty sidekick Sunnie (my yellow lab and constant running companion).  About a mile into my run I caught a quick glimpse of something moving on the path ahead of me.  At about the same time that my eyes began to focus my brain began to register what I was seeing, the unmistakable white stripe on the black tail sticking up in the air.…..SKUNK!   A quick pivot put me into an immediate about face. Thankfully Sunnie hadn’t seen the skunk otherwise the chase would have been on and so would the STINK!

I am now running in the opposite direction. I get about 200 yards down the path when all of a sudden, Sunnie growls and takes off running toward the woods.  Yep, another SKUNK!    First, I yelled, “NOOO!  Heel!”  And then my fight or flight instinct kicked in… I RUN!!!!

Flexibility does not wait in situations like that.  You either have it or you don’t.   (Of course, the onset of a day’s worth of adrenaline didn’t hurt!)    A few strides later I smell that distinctive odor.  With miles ahead of me my only focus now was on an unavoidable tomato juice bath for Sunnie and the trashing of my favorite running clothes and shoes!   Not a happy runner at this point.

As I continue to run the smell seems to dissipate.    Not sure at this point if it is my wishful thinking or not, but I figured I might as well keep going.  Thinking the worst is behind me, I start to smell the smell again, and it’s getting stronger.   Putting two and two together I realize that it must be in front of me.   Thankfully the sun had begun to rise, bringing enough light to see the now too familiar, dreaded black tail ahead of us on the trail.  Cue the quick pivot change of direction again!

About a mile into yet another alternate route, I let down my guard and set in to enjoy the rest of the run.  But no!  Reminiscent (no pun intended) of a “B Horror” movie, the enemy kept popping up everywhere.  It was after this final sighting that I decided home might be the only safe place at this point.  Once I got there, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that neither Sunnie or I were casualties of the “Stink”.  All’s well that ends well.

But I did learn a few things…

  1. Flexibility is often needed when you may least expect it. This would include not only running from Skunks, but also avoiding things on your running path that come out of nowhere.  But you can’t rely on what you don’t have.  Therefore, flexibility preparation is critical.   If you don’t prepare, injury beware!
  2. As my grandmother used to say, don’t count your chickens before they hatch. There are many things that might affect your training sessions, so being able to adjust your plan is essential to success. Again, being prepared is key.
  3. If there is one skunk around, there’s a good chance there are more!
  4. Running isn’t just good exercise and mind clearing, it can also be a real adventure.

OK, enough about the “stink scare”.   Maybe next time I’ll take on less of a challenge.  How about Achilles tendonitis?

 

Welcome to Craig’s Corner

Welcome to Craig’s Corner: Running, Stretching, and Training Tips from Craig.

Craig DiGiovanni. VP of Sales & Marketing, Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products. Avid Runner. Wannabe Marathoner.

We would like to introduce a new guest blogger, Craig DiGiovanni— Medi-Dyne’s own VP of Sales and Marketing. As an avid runner currently training for his first full Marathon, Craig wanted to share his training experiences with the Medi-Dyne community. Leave us a comment and tell us what you think, feel free to share with friends, and enjoy!

I’ve never considered myself a “blogger” so this is my first blog entry. My intent is to blog about the practical use of Medi-Dyne products as I use them for my own training.

Our products are born from many different backgrounds, but they all have one mission…to prevent pain, not only for the many medical professionals and professional athletes that use them, but for everyday people like you and me.

Craig DiGiovanni (left) demonstrating the benefits of ProStretch Plus to a Physical Therapist at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago 2012.

I am a normal middle age guy, average height, average weight (although that is more and more a battle) and just about average everything else.  I have always been active but as middle age has crept up on me the need to be more disciplined not only in what I eat but how I exercise is becoming increasingly important.   We tend to focus on the obvious (weight & heart health) but the less obvious things seem to be what really catches up to you (energy levels and aches & pains).

My “exercise of choice” is running.  I really enjoy it.  My 2012 New Year’s resolution takes my running beyond exercise to something that I have always wanted to do – run a marathon.  Based on what I’ve learned so far (and the new aches and pains I’m experiencing) I’m sure that more than a few of my blog posts will be about my “running journey”.

Until then, thanks for your interest in our products and feel free to contact us at connect at medi-dyne.com with any input you have on our products, our blog or anything else we can do to help prevent pain in you and me.