On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

You spin me right round, baby

So, dizzy spells.

I alluded on Monday to the fact that I've been having dizzy spells lately.  And I suggested that I know why, and that they're nothing to worry about.

The cause: tension in my back and shoulders.
The solution: well, I'm not sure, but I'm using this as an excuse to do more yoga and to treat myself to a massage.

I started noticing the tension building at night, when I'd wake up each morning with that nagging "I didn't sleep well" feeling.  I switched around my pillows but was still starting most mornings with a headache.  And then, I think as a residual gift from my shin splints, I've been carrying a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders - so much so that I've taken to running with my hands balled up into fists.  No good.

I went for an hour long massage yesterday.  It was deep tissue massage.  It hurt like a mother.  But as soon as I was done, I felt better.  Fingers crossed it lasts.  In case it doesn't, I have another scheduled for next Tuesday.


  1. Oh, it's tension? I figured it would be pregnancy. ;) Just kidding. ;)

    Fingers crossed that the massage did what it's supposed to do. :)

  2. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.
    Not pregnant. Not trying to be pregnant.
    Do not want to be pregnant.

    Guess it's time to get a full body compression suit, just to prove I'm not pregnant :)

  3. ha. dizzy sucks. it happens to me too but more from dehydration.

  4. Dehydration! That reminds me to fill up my water bottle!

  5. hope you feel better! chiropractic care helped me with my back and shoulder pain...slept a lot better once i was all fixed up :)

  6. Dizziness sucks.

    Oh a good massage! Is this someone you'd recommend?