Yesterday I made a trip back to see my sports doctor. I haven’t seen him since last summer when I was in for my running injury.
I bit the bullet ’cause the crazy thing has never gone away. After seeing him, then my visits to do Airrosti in December, it was still hanging around.
And being a runner my stubborn thought was…. “well, if it’s gonna be there and bother me whether I’m running or not, I might as well run. If it doesn’t get any worse…. go.”
Did I say I was stubborn ? Head strong? Willful ? Why do I hear my mother in my head ? haha
Realistically, I know it needs to be fixed so I can really get back out there and run like I want to run.
So… it was back to see him… to see what was going on.
The first thing he says, grabbing my arm, “that’s cool… you got a new tattoo!”
Seriously? A doctor that remembers what ink you have on your arm ? And that you got a new piece ?
I did get new ink a few weeks ago… and it looks like this… I totally love it.
Did I mention he’s cool ? He’s also an athlete so he understands you not just from a medical perspective but an athletic one as well. He asks about goals and plans you have.
A quick assessment put me right into the (still) diagnosis of insertional Achilles tendonitis. Ugh.
Soooo I will be icing…lots of icing it several times a day … using a topical ointment…. and…. rest from running…. as in….none.
So that puts me more into being confined and focusing on strength training… as in lifting heavy things and working on building those muscles while my feet recover. I will also incorporate boxing into it ( great cardio) and I can still be out on my bike as long as it doesn’t cause any pain. That at least lets me get the miles under me that I crave. I really wanna get a rowing machine since that is the perfect all over body work ( in my opinion) and it’s something else to add to what I do.
Actually, since my miles have been so reduced these past months, I have added more muscle ( ha… not burning it off) 😛 I don’t mind having the muscle… I just need to adapt with my jeans =)
Sometimes I embrace that word, other times, I loathe it.
The definition says to make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify. To change so it functions better. Interestingly, it’s a verb.
Adaptation and adapting are active processes.
My body ( yours too) and the activities we put them through can definitely be an adapting process.
Weight loss, weight gain, building muscle, getting older, exercise, strength training.. so many things make our bodies change… aren’t they amazing things?
But then there are these times I have to adapt to what is going on with my body.
Recovery is not a patient place for me. Therefore, I am learning to adapt even more.
No running means using other activities to get in my cardio. It also means spending more time in strength training… and this activity will change my body differently from running.
I’ve learned these past few years as an athlete that my body can change a lot depending on what I’m doing to it.
I loved how I looked at the peak of my marathon/50K training last year. Lean and chiseled running 55-65 miles a week, I was burning off way more than I was taking in… and truthfully…sitting in the very low end of my weight range.
The reality is, I can’t stay in that top “peak” of training all the time. Our bodies aren’t designed for it. I’ve learned my body will change a bit in off season.
I’ve learned to adapt to that reality.
Now I’m adapting to the constraints of injury.
Adapt. Change. Transform.
It’s a big part of life isn’t it ?
What about you? Have you learned this process, whether in life, or in the way you have to handle your body ? Do you fight against it or embrace the change it brings ? What has adapting taught you ?