Doctor of Opposites

by Heather

After 5 months of “wait & sees”, last week I mentioned I found a new doctor.

One that listened. One that looked at my knees. One that watched me run.

One that’s interested in helping me run again.

I’m a little bit in love, so forgive me if I bring him up too often.


Almost everything he’s said has been the opposite of what the sports medicine doc said.

Doc 1 Doc 2
Your left knee blows You right knee’s ridiculous
Well, duh, it’s a knee injury No, it’s actually a hip problem
Don’t run, you’ll make it worse. Run, or I won’t know where it’s hurting
Get custom orthotics. Wear them forever & always. Ditch the orthotics. You can wear them, but not when you run.
Stretch, stretch, stretch, & stretch. Don’t stretch. Stabilize.


Ding ding ding! Winner is: Doc 2. (Where have you been all my life?!)

boxing ring

I’ve only seen the guy for two weeks and he’s already got me running a mile again. The part that hurts the most? My lungs.

Hello out of shape.

Makes you appreciate how much you can really do when you run half marathons and such.

My December & January races are still cancelled, but I’m already digging through race calendars to figure out what’s next. [I’ve actually already got something up my sleeve…but more on that later. Winking smile]


Maybe I should slow down and just run first.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 14, 2010 at 11:01 am
It's so important to have a doctor who is good but more importantly CARES. Good for you- glad you found one!
Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 14, 2010 at 11:36 am
Yayyyy! I hope this new doctor helps you get to the bottom of everything!
Kristina @ spabettie November 14, 2010 at 11:52 am
isn't it such a great feeling when you totally trust your doc?? I'm so happy you found one... and I LOVE the last drawing!! :D
Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat November 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm
I'm glad you finally found a good doctor! I knew my doctor was a winner (when I was injured for my last race), because he also wanted me to run! I felt amazing by race day, all because of him. Too bad he wasn't covered under insurance though... :(
Nicole @bodybybeer November 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm
There are doctors out there THIS awesome? Its a dream, right?
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:48 pm
I know right?! It makes me wonder about all the other doctors out there....
Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks November 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm
Congrats on finding a doctor that is a right match for you. I guess this is why always getting a second opinion is so important! Dig the stick figure! :)
Theodora November 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm
YAY! New doctor sounds good, and I hope you're running again soon! Can't wait to hear about your first race back.
LizLivingVegan November 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm
I'm so glad you found a doctor that works for you!!! That's so great :) Good luck on the recovery and I hope you're able to race soon!
Ally November 15, 2010 at 12:47 am
I'm glad you went to another doctor and you love him. And I'm glad to hear your are running! Even if it is only 1 mile. It's a start :)
sophia November 15, 2010 at 3:21 am
Hopefully this doctor will figure it out for you instead of just giving you an ultimatum. Just don't overdo yourself, Heather!
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm
I'm trying not to!! Goodness knows I don't need another injury haha.
Lizzy November 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Seriously, when you find a good doctor who listens to you it makes a world of difference. I also go to PT 2X a week and work that into my training program!
Kaitlin With Honey November 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm
Hooray! This doctor sounds wonderful!!!

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