Feeling Confident – I Will Run Again

I met with my physiotherapist today. Her name is Sarah and she is amazing. I am so glad I went.

After giving her the history, she examined my feet and didn’t see any swelling or obvious issues like flat feet or high arches. I got on the treadmill for a few minutes and just ran. She watched both of my strides (heel strike first vs mid-foot strike) and for those few minutes my legs felt good.

We headed back to the exam room and that’s when the ankle started throbbing. She started examining my ankle in more detail. She said she noticed a slight wobble of my right foot while I was running. She suspected that the muscles that normally stabilize the ankle joint were weak which lead to the Achilles’ tendon taking the brunt of the force. Once she laid hands in my ankle joint she found that the subtalar joint had almost no movement when compared to the other side.

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She worked the joint line for at least 5-10 minutes and was able to get it moving more. I was amazed at the difference!! She then taped the joint in so as to keep it open.

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Then she showed me some exercises to do a few times a day that would help eliminate that wobble she saw when I ran. The exercises are heel raises and target the lower leg stabilizer muscles, particularly the tibialis anterior and soleus muscles.

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Her assessment made me feel a hundred times better. With some gentle treatment and home exercises. I should be able to strengthen the right foot and get back to my 10k training. She even gave me the green light to try a baby run (no more than 3km) in the next day or two. Of course, I had to promise that I would stop the run if I was in pain.

I had a lot of questions and she answered all of them. I should use a heating pad before I run and to do the exercises as a warm up. If I feel the foot is weak during the run or more importantly, the back of the heel starts aching, I should stop and do some heel raises to activate the proper muscles again. She also took a look at my shoes and said they were in good shape. So for now I’m not going to change them.

We set up another appointment for next week.

After dinner tonight I got right to my exercises and did two sets. The tape feels great and I’m going to leave or on for 3 days.

And I’m running tomorrow!!!

Am I Losing Ground?

I haven’t run in a week. I wish I could say the ankle feels better but it doesn’t. It feels really, really tight and there’s this one spot that hurts when I massage it – the spot where the tendon inserts on the calcaneous.

I’m seeing a physiotherapist tomorrow. She helped me a lot when I developed an IT band issue a few months after I started first running.

I really wanted to test the ankle today but when I woke up and looked outside there was about 10-15cm of snow on the ground. Didn’t seem like a very good idea to test the ankle in those conditions.  Instead, I got on the exercise bike for 40 minutes.  So not the same.

Just when the injury hit, I could run almost 40 minutes straight without stopping. My cardiovascular endurance is the best it’s ever been despite having the extra 15 lbs I’m carrying around. I worry that all of that will be lost when (not if!) I start running again.

My mood has been shit this past week. I thought it was just from not being able to run but I think it’s also hormonal. The baby hasn’t nursed in over a week now. I’ve been more emotional about it but not in the way you’d think. Instead it’s coming out as frustration and impatience, particularly when it comes to the older two kids. And that makes me feel guilty.

Dammit, I just want to run.

I really hope this physio does the trick.