Saturday, July 22, 2006

a running question

a question for fellow blog-reading runners out there.

i've been training for a half-marathon of late. it's a fund-raising event for the hospital where i work. it's going well, now that the blister is healed. but every day when i start out, i have left shoulder pain, no matter how much stretching i do. after about a mile or so, it stops. why is that?

on a somewhat related note, i was just down in new york visiting family and went running in central park, one of my favorite things to do. i started out near columbus circle and ran up around the reservoir. it was a weekend morning, so the park was full of other runners and bikers and families and couples. it was quite distracting, and still somehow motivating, to have other runners around. not that i was competing with any of them, but it helped a bit with pacing, particularly since it was 11am and 95 degrees out.

there was a musician playing on the grass near tavern on the green, a crowd of people sitting and listening raptly. lots of people having picnics on the great lawn with their coffee and bagels. i absolutely love the peace and quiet of living in a small place, but it was nice to be immersed in the city again, even just for a few days.


Flea said...

(From a recovering running addict),

It's referred pain from your diaphragm. Recall that the innervation of the diaphragm originates at spinal levels C3-5, the corresponding dermatome of which includes the shoulder. It's your diaphragm groaning with pain!



girl MD said...

(girlMD feeling sheepish for not remembering that...)

what does it mean to be a recovering running addict? once an addict, always an addict??

Kungfukitten said...

I didn't even think about the dermatomes but it sounded like some small muscle tears that feel better once you start going and get the blood flowing - sort of like plantar fasciitis but in the shoulder area. Rest up after the marathon and it should go away.

Yeah, I'm obviously not a doctor. I have a Master's degree in medieval literature and read medical records for a living. So I guess my prescription for you would be to put some leeches on the shoulder joint twice a day and if that doesn't work try bleeding the arm. If you're experiencing a lot of pain a few drops of laudanum in a glass of mead should do the trick. ;)

Flea said...

Every day in every way, I'm getting better and better...