It Takes a Village to Raise a Runner


It’s true that some runners are lone wolves (I’m looking at you, Wendy!), but even those lone wolves tend to rely on more than just themselves to keep running. I came back from a long walk with Lola at the park and today’s subject just popped into my mind.

Seriously, very few runners get by just totally relying on themselves. It truly takes a village to keep running! A few things I didn’t mention: running groups, the guy who does your shoe fittings, and other bloggers!

It’s Friday Five  and fitness from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run today.

Friends & Family
Runners need support. That support can take many forms: people who will listen to us brag about our latest races, moan about our latest injuries, wax poetic about running form, help with the cleaning and cooking, help with the racecation plans, and on and on — all without rolling their eyes at us.

At least with a minimum of eye rolling.

Friends and family step in and step up! Yes, I’m looking at you, Mr. Judy. I know I don’t say it often enough, but thank you for putting up with all my crazy ideas, whether last minute or long range.

I have not yet worked with a coach. Not one on one. There’s my USAFit coach, but she has an entire group to coach. There was the year I used Runnersconnect, which didn’t work so well for me (but works for others).

Someday, maybe.

I went to a chiropractor for the first time about 2 years ago. Then in 2015, I started going every other month, or more frequently if I were injured or a race was nearing.

How ironic that my BIL was a chiropractor, but was forced to retire early due to an accident, so I never saw him.

I do feel getting adjusted on a regular basis has been helpful, but it’s not a cure-all.

Physical Therapist
I had my first PT appointment on Monday. I wish I’d sought out PT many years ago. I’m not yet sure if it’s helping, but I know I really liked the person I saw (Ray at Positive Motion for the locals).

And I know that in the future, if something is bothering me, I will most likely be back.

Massage Therapist
Running is a great excuse to see a massage therapist on a more regular basis. I wish my insurance paid for bimonthly massages, as some of my friends’ insurance does! Or paid for massage at all. My massages are all out of pocket, but they’re pure bliss.

I’ve yet to do anything other than Swedish massage, but maybe, just maybe, I’ll book a sports massage in April. Technically I’ll have a massage in April, as my race Sunday offers free postrace massages — but being free, obviously they’re a quickie, and I didn’t get a massage in March at all. So it goes.


 Who populates your running village?

Fitful Focus
I’m also joining up with Nicole for her Fit & Fashionable Friday linkup.
Basic faux wrap dress from Athleta
Because clothes make the woman, too. And I took a few clothes shots yesterday. I wore the dress from Athleta yesterday to my Weight Watchers meeting. Not that you can really see it, but it’s a faux wrap style. It’s comfortable, and flattering, and I got it on sale — I would never pay full price for it because while it’s nice, it’s really just a basic dress.
I just “dressed” it up with my own sweater and scarf.
Kotinos print capris from Spandits
I also wore my Spandits capris on my run yesterday. Marcia @ Marciashealthyslice has been singing their praises for so long, I had to give them a try. I love that they are actually made in the US — in fact, they’re made in Maine, which is where I am running my next half.
When I saw the Kotinos print on her, I had to have it too. Very cute! But except for the small envelope pocket inside, there are no pockets! And wouldn’t you know it was a warm day and I didn’t need a jacket. Luckily I have a light vest that has just enough pockets. You know I have to have my pockets!
Cute on the run & around town
They’re very lightweight and have no compression, but they felt great for a 5 mile run right out of the box (although I did feel like they gave me a slight wedgie). The prices are similar to Fabletics, and the prints are so cute!
They’re good to run in, good to work out in, and good for after your run — I brought a different top to throw on after my run and then did my grocery shopping.
No affiliate links here, by the way, I bought these clothes with my own money.

35 thoughts on “It Takes a Village to Raise a Runner

  1. Sports massages are great and highly recommend one. They get to the source of any little aches or pains and while it is sometimes unpleasant, I always leave feeling soooo much better. I love working with a coach in a group setting, but it is not for everyone and I get that. You seem to be doing well on your own.

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  2. I feel like a lone wolf too. I don’t do massages or go to a chiropracter…never have…probably never will. I’ve only done PT when there is a RX and the ortho insists.

    I don’t involve my hubby in my running … at all. But I guess he does support me by saying Good luck before a race and How’d you do? after one. Best of all, he never complains about all my running or race-cations and the $$ I spend on running.

    Good thing I have running friends to keep me inline. 🙂

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    1. You’re really not, you know. I mean, I run by myself a lot too, obviously. You actually run with other people more than me most of the time!

      Your husband doesn’t tell you not to run (most of the time), and he doesn’t put you down for it — some husbands do! So there you go, in his own way, he supports you.


  3. My PT has definitely changed my running-my form is better and I’m no longer injured! I run by myself a lot, but my husband sometimes joins me and it’s nice company.

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  4. I feel like my chiropractor’s office is my village. I go there for the adjustments and ART, I’ve been there for the medical massages, and I’m going there for PT. They keep adding more and more services in the office, including dry needling and acupuncture.

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    1. Oooh, you are lucky your chiro does all of that.

      Mine does actually offer a lot of services, but I just felt I really needed to see a PT this time, even though what’s going on with me is pretty minor.

      My chiro was definitely on the right track with the advice she gave me in feb!


  5. I got totally distracted with your links, lol! Shopping while having morning tea… it works! 🙂

    I agree… runners need a lot of support! At Maui, they had the local massage school giving post-race massages. The lady I got did such an awesome job! I was actually able to walk normal-ish afterwards! Haven’t done the chiropractor or PT yet… I’m sure I will soon, it’s just a matter of time, 😀

    Love the Capris you’re wearing!!

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  6. Great village for sure!! I don’t know where I would be without family and friends support.

    I keep saying I should go to a chiropractor. My back is achy and creaky. …add that to the list of appt to make. I did make my PT app ; )

    My my aren’t you cute!! Love the outfits!

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  7. I wish I could find a massage therapist around here. I need to look. I am still on a high from the sports massage I had a few weeks ago. I loved my chiropractor also, but they are hard to find here, so I see an osteopath twice a year.

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  8. It does take a village and we all need support right? It just feels better to bounce things off one another doesn’t it. I laughed at the eye-roll comment too!
    I love the purple print capris on you! Spandits I know Marcia does rave about them, now you too, I am going to have to jump on this train!!!

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  9. It definitely takes a village! I have worked with a chiro and acupuncturist on an off – love acupuncture, but unfortunately the guy I was seeing moved. And, I know I would be in a lot of trouble without my massage therapist – my insurance doesn’t cover the cost either, but it is soooo worth it!

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  10. I LOVE that you included chiropractor, physical therapist and massage therapists in your runner’s village. It’s sooo true. And I wouldn’t have appreciated it if I hadn’t been injured a couple of months ago and realized how much PT is magical.

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