The Injury Update

Two running miles! -

I haven’t gone into very much detail about my foot injury lately. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably seen that I have been running again. Around the 6 week mark after the Seacoast Half, I was given the OK to give my foot a test run of one mile. It felt good. Really good. Not just my foot and the Peroneus Longus Tendon, but the actual movement of running. I did, however, still have a little tightness in the tendon.

I talked it over with my PT and she gave me the OK to run one mile every other day as long as it felt good. I brightened up immediately when she said that! She warned that it can take up to three months for soft tissue injuries to heal so I still needed to lay low. I faithfully followed through with her orders. Running even one mile was magical.

When I checked in with her last week, I decided to push for a little more mileage since it was feeling fine. We agreed upon me running a 2:1 ratio for the next two weeks. Two miles one day followed by one mile, two days later.

Two whole miles. I was ecstatic! Elated. Overjoyed. Thrilled. Those two miles felt like I was running 13. Not because it took forever but because it gave me freedom. It cleared my head. It made me freakin’ HAPPY.

So am I on my way back to running? I sure hope so but I know it’s going to be a very slow journey to the higher mileage again. I’m not out of the woods with my tendon. I still need to focus on strength. I’m purposely keeping my race schedule open for 2014 right now. I have not registered for anything. It’s been hard to do. I know some of the races I want will be filled before I can seriously even think about running them. But that’s OK. Sure, I like the fun of a goal to chase but ultimately, I just want to run. I want the strength it gives me. The clarity of my mind. The calming of my soul. The quiet of alone time with my foot falls and breath. The time chatting away with friends. I run for me and me alone. If it’s 5 miles or 26.2, I really just want to run.

Wow…I’m getting really deep this week. I must still be riding my yoga high.

And to really make me focus on getting healthy and staying injury free, my PT is leaving me! She’s moving out of the area. Nooooo! She’s been a friend and someone who I really worked well with. She gave me room to experiment and was great about dealing with my stubborn runner ways. I’m going to miss her.

Even though I wish I never met her. 🙂

Let me live through you – Are you training for anything right now?

42 comments on “The Injury Update

  1. I know exactly how you feel about your PT! Mine is still around (thank God) but I always tell him that I hope I never see him again…at least not in his office.
    SO happy to hear you can run 2 whole miles! I totally and absolutely get it. It’s not the act of running but ALL that it brings to your mind and body and soul. Happy running my friend!
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  2. and slow and STEADY and slow will help you win this recovery race.
    living through me?
    could be boring 😉

  3. This is great news for you. I love how you are being flexible and leaving the year open. Refreshing! That would be what I am doing BUT I got in through the lottery for the Cherry Hill 10 miler in April so it’s go time for me. This will be my longest distance and I am way, way freaked out! WAY!
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  4. Congratulations!! I have gone thru my share of running injuries and I understand how hard it can be to hold back from running even though you feel fine. I’m just now starting to get back into my running routine After a few months hiatus after running my first marathon. Way to go and keep up the post 🙂
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  5. Glad to hear you are on the rebound! I suffered a similar injury after my first half marathon in September. I was in a boot for 6 weeks. Just started getting back to running this week. Good luck!

  6. I love what you said about the clarity of the mind and the calming of the soul! I’m glad you’re able to find that again even with your short runs 🙂 As for training, I have a couple 5ks on the deck for February and March and I’m working my way up to a 10k in April and June.
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  7. YAY so happy you seem to be healing up nicely. Gosh I know that feeling of finally running after being off for a lengthy time. No matter how hard it might be, it just makes you feel free. The first time I ran last year after the blood clot, I was literally laughing. I had the urge to put my hands out like I was flying!
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  8. So happy for you!! Yay!

    And I’m signed up for two half marathons in April and my big redemption race in May the Pocono Run for the Red Mararthon. Let’s hope I can stay healthy too!!

  9. As I may have mentioned in previous comments, I too hurt my foot – What a pain in the… Well, FOOT LOL! I never actually went to a doctor though, I worked out through the pain because…. I am “bad ass” – or just a “dumb ass”? LOL! Well in any case, but foot has actually gotten WORLDS BETTER so I am thrilled! I didn’t even go to the doctor because I didn’t want to KNOW what was wrong – I am thrilled that you’re back to running!!! Best feeling ever to get back into it 😀
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  10. I’m glad that you got to bump the mileage up (a bump up is a bump up, right?)!!!
    I had to decide years ago that (for me) being able to run is far better than racing when it came down to either or. I’m sure that you will be racing again before you know it because you followed the Drs (and PTs) orders!!!
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  11. You can live vicariously through me – I’m currently training for my 3rd half marathon. It’s the first time that my training has included more than just junk miles, I’m actually do speedwork and cross training. I could use some good vibes because I struggle with comparing myself with others and feeling like I run too slow. I just keep chipping away everyday and I sincerely hope it pays off when race day comes.
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  12. I’m probably the first commenter today who isn’t a runner, and I must say I wish I viewed running the way you do. To want to run, to have it be quiet, me time…I’ve just never gotten to that place. I hope you foot continues to heal and you’re back to training soon!
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  13. I’m so glad that you are starting to run again and feeling well. There’s something about an injury that gives you clarity and makes you realize that all you want to do is run. Sorry that your PT is leaving but I’m glad that you had her to get you to where you are now.
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  14. I always think of the saying that while we’re healthy we complain about running, but then we get injured and the only thing we want to do is run. I know what you mean about even a couple miles meaning a lot. I’m getting through a bout with IT band syndrome, but it’s so exciting to get better! Makes me appreciate being able to run so much more!
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  15. Hang in there ! I had 2 running injuries last year and managed to bounce back. While I could not run I did a lot of core and leg work to keep my strength up. It really helped. I also LOVE my podiatrist. He must have adjusted my orthopedics 6 or 7 times before getting it right. So great to be able to count on people like that. Good luck !

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