Running recovery. Those words seem to almost stand in stark contrast to one another.
Do you know that goofy, excited feeling you get when you figure something out ? Like you somehow wander into that “ah ha” moment and you’re on your way to solving and fixing a problem ? It makes you feel like Einstein sometimes 😉
I had one of those moments this past weekend.
If you have been following my poor tales and woes of not really being able to run #notrunningsucks then you know I’ve been an unhappy runner.
Note please the difference, not unhappy, unhappy runner.
I mean well seriously, if you run and get injured, what runner IS happy about that ???
This is what it’s like:
You see someone running down the road and you are flat out envious that they are running. Double jealousy if they’ve got a serious sweat going on 😉
You don’t want to see your Facebook posts from running pages about everyones races and training. You feel a little bit like Scrooge… “Bah Humbug!” …..
You DO pay attention to the wounded running warriors to see if they have an tips or suggestions that might help what you’re going through. You are game to doing anything even if it means a boiling pot with spiders and hairs of an exotic cat to heal you.
The idea of having no races in your immediate future causes a pain in your chest.
You don’t want anyone to ask you how your running is going.
You think maybe pain isn’t so bad and flip this… you’re going for a run…
You think about the new gear you’re going to get once you’re back out there again…being a real runner.
You fantasize about long runs and even convince yourself they aren’t so bad after all haha
Yeah, there are lots of things that go through your head when you’re sidelined. I guess in ways I’m just frustrated ’cause this is really the first injury that’s knocked me out of the game.
( I don’t count the incident when I was brutally attacked by a can of chicken broth sailing off the counter to directly slam my big toe, dead on in the middle of the nail, not once, but twice, leaving me limping for days unable to wear a shoe and definitely not run… WHAT are the odds of that ??? )
After meeting with a sports doctor in the summer and getting an Achilles tendonitis diagnosis I have limped along but not seemingly gotten to that 100% zone. I’ve been doing the prescribed things but not feeling like I should be running.
So last weekend I was using my rolling pin I had purchased to roll my calves and hammies. Seriously, foam rollers work great, but that rolling pin gets into those muscles in a good, yet painful way.
I started rolling the arches of my feet when it hit me… that “OMG this is killing me yet feels amazing” all at one time. I was brutal about my use of that rolling pin on my feet. Something was working ’cause I felt better that evening. I’ve kept at it … rolling the heck out of my arches, calves and Achilles.
Yesterday, I went out for 4 miles. I decided if I was going to get back on the road I needed to get my body going through the motions ( cycling just isn’t the same) I kept the brakes on and went easy and did a lot of walk/run… short run… but oh my it felt good. Today, I did it again. This was the first back to back “run” I’ve done in months. Again, I kept distance short, and held myself in to walk and short spurts of running. I kinda felt like my newbie runner days… but the idea of course is to not overly work my body as it gets better.
The tell tale sign? that I feel good hours after my workout… not worsening pain.
I’m so encouraged.
I’ve already got a 5K distance down, well more than that. My next goal is to work up to 10K distance. I need new running goals right now!
I think there’s a strong possibility of lovely plantar fasciitis going on… but I’m getting strong and aggressive with it…. and glad to have something figured out. For the first time in months I feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Yay for light bulb moments in our lives!
Here’s some other things I’m doing to help my healing….
Ice of course. Or in my case, bagged peas have become my best friend =) They mold nicely around the hurt areas.
Deep stretching. I’ve been stretching my calves, legs and feet more, but also doing some yoga moves to loosen me up.
That rolling pin. Seriously, I work that thing into my foot till everything has released. It’s also awesome for working out your calves and those areas that are trickier with a foam roller.
I stretch before I get up in the morning to loosen things up.
I’m not big on taking meds, but some Ibuprofen helps with inflammation.
And something I just got today, but am going to be trying soon is KT Tape. It’s supposed to be great support to help healing. I’ll tape and wrap my feet before I take off for a run. Of course, I had to get the hot pink 😛 I promise to do a review on this after I’ve used it for awhile.
And finally, just getting back on the road doing some strong power walking with short runs segments to get my body in motion again. Mentally I have to keep myself reined in ’cause it feels so natural to be running. I am also trying to be smart and not over do it even though I know I can run for longer periods of time (that’s a good sign).
And you, my lovely readers, maybe one of you are struggling through an injury issue or know someone who is. Continue to be aggressive about how to treat yourself and get better. Don’t get discouraged but keep looking for ways to stay fit while you get over the injury.
Be patient ( I am the worst!) stay hopeful ( I have definitely had moments of feeling sorry for myself with this) and set goals for yourself so when you are back at it again you have something to shoot for.
Anyone out there besides me, going through a recovery time right now ? You’re allowed to cry, whine, and vent here =)