Have I ever mentioned I love running ?
I shared in a post here on my blog a week or so back that I was sidelined from running with an injury. If you’re on my Facebook page you might have seen my current update.
For those of you in blog world I’m gonna let you know where I’m at and what my current status is…. and if you run I know you’ll totally understand 😛
I had seen a podiatrist but wasn’t really happy with the visit on a lot of levels. He told me I had Achilles Tendonitis, terrified me with the outcome if I ran and didn’t heal properly, recommended I buy his pricey shoe inserts, and to take some Advil. He didn’t want a follow up with me.. that is… unless I wanted to be fitted for his inserts.
I wanted a game plan. I wanted someone to understand my running goals and help me get healed and back on track again. Someone who understood me not only as a patient, but as an athlete too.
If there’s one thing that hit home to me in the last year as I trained really intensely is this…
I am an athlete.
When someone first referred to me like that my first thought was … “Me?”
I’ve since realized, it’s not just a title for the elite, it’s anyone who pours themselves with passion into a sport they love. It really is a lifestyle, I believe, a way of living, a mentality towards what you do.
So of all things, there was a sports med doctor two doors down from the podiatrist. I went home and set up an appt with him for a second opinion and hopefully, a game plan.
I saw him last week and I’ll say this. I’m excited.
One of the first things he asked me was what my running goals were for the rest of the year? And what other sports did I do ? ( I’m enjoying cycling more and more) I told him I had been cycling as cross training and also had a duathlon on my goal list.
Since he’s a triathlete I knew he’d totally get it.
Can I say it’s awesome having a doctor who understands your medical needs but also understands your athletic goals?
I felt almost giddy.
He assessed me, poked around on my legs and feet and then sent me down the hall for x-rays to rule out any stress fractures.
All was clear on that… however it did reveal I had insertional Achilles tendonitis… in both feet.
Ok at least now, I knew exactly what we were dealing with.
He laid out a med plan as well as other things like icing my heels ( hello bagged peas!) rolling ( I bought a rolling pin to specifically roll out my calves and tendons) no running of course, but I can continue cycling and strength training. Thank goodness, cycling at least gives me the fast, forward motion that I’m not getting from running right now.
He did caution and remind me that this injury didn’t happen overnight and it would take time to heal.
I’m ok with that… I can be patient with the goal of getting out on the road again. He reminded me I might need to reset my goals…maybe run a half marathon in December instead of a full… to be open to adjusting my training and goals.
I understand about resetting goals. If that’s what I have to do, that’s what I have to do.
I miss running. I miss how it clears my head and helps me sort out … life. Running has been probably the single most important thing in my life that has challenged me to go beyond anything I thought I was capable of doing.
Running… makes me feel strong, powerful, alive, invincible, empowered….confident.
And yeah, I get amused when someone teases me about running somewhere to get something, and know that I could do it 😉
Life’s journey is full of up’s and down’s.
I’m trying to be patient, learn, wait and look forward to the final result…. the day I lace up and hit the road again… which won’t come soon enough.
Tell me… are you working through any struggles right now? Is there anything in your life that’s teaching you to be patient, wait, and learn ?