Running low: being injured is tough.
It's tough mentally, and obviously, physically. Especially when you ran a PR marathon 8 months ago (running high!) But...maybe that's the reason for the injury.
After my last 20 mile training run last September, I was flat on my couch, relaxing. As I flexed my feet back and forth, I suddenly felt a POP in my right calf. I immediately froze, instantly terrified that something bad just happened, with 3 weeks to go to the marathon.
It didn't feel bad, but it didn't feel right either. So I took a couple days off, and got a massage. He said my soleus muscle was swollen, that I probably just strained it, and to go easy. But running is still ok!
Marathon day arrived - I had an awesome race, ran a PR, and calf didn't really bother me. But I could tell that I was definitely favoring my right leg.
Fast forward to April of this year, and I started to continually experience more pain in my right leg and foot. Pain while running, swollen feet at night, tenderness in my heel, knee pain, you name it. In my 5 years of long distance running, I've never so much as lost a toenail, so I knew I needed to go see a professional.
Enter Renewed Life Chiropractic in Madison, WI (highly recommend them!) and she confirmed that I probably semi-tore or tore my inside soleus muscle. And months of running on it caused it to heal incorrectly, and cause all the other parts of my leg to be out of whack. The scariest pain was in my foot - plantar fasciitis - the most dreaded of all running injuries. I couldn't even walk in flip flops.
Running low: not being able to run. Or when you do run, feeling awful about it.
But with 3 months of chiropractic work, massage therapy, running very infrequently, and lots of Rock Tape, I've gone this entire past week without pain! I miss running so much, and eager to get back into it.
Here's what helped:
- Yoga (especially downward dog)
- Rolling my foot on a frozen water bottle daily
- Foam rolling daily
- Walking in Vibrams and stretching
- Not running (insert crying here)
- Wearing decent shoes (no high heels, wedges, or flip flops)
- Massaging the inside of my arch in the morning
- Support and encouragement from hubby and running partner, Megan!
Lesson to be learned - if something feels off, it probably is. Don't be a dope like me and continue to run without seeing a professional right away. I could have probably nipped this in the bud back in the fall.
Running high: running for the first time after an injury - no matter what the distance or time. After not being able to run, I appreciate it so much more. And look forward to enjoying running for how it makes me feel, and not a time on my Garmin.
And, one more running high without me taking one step: when your friend qualifies for Boston Marathon after an incredibly dedicated training season. Congrats, Krista! You can read her heart-felt post here.