With no runs or workouts, I can’t call this a weekly rundown anymore, but I’m not clever enough to think of a new name.
At this point, my last run was February 9, and my dreams of running the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon are now just that… dreams. After two years of injury free running, I’ve had one half marathon PR, two injuries, and only five solid weeks of training in the last three months. Running has been a roller coaster, and like most roller coasters, the drops are steep.
Forget Run Less Run Faster, Higdon, Hansons, or Pfitz… my new training plan is “Cross train til ya go insane”.
|Monday||30 min. Arc Trainer + 30 min stationary bike + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Tuesday||60 min. Arc Trainer|
|Wednesday||60 min. yoga + ITBS Rehab Routine + ankle/heel PT|
|Thursday||60 min. Arc Trainer + 60 min. BodyPump + ankle/heel PT|
|Friday||60 min. stationary bike + 30 min. foam rolling class + ankle/heel PT|
|Saturday||60 min. BodyPump + 60 min. yoga|
|Sunday||90 min. Arc Trainer + 60 min. BodyFlow + ankle/heel PT|
I won’t bore you with cross training discussion. It’s cross training. It’s incredibly lonely, and it’s what injured runners do so they don’t lose too much fitness.
On Tuesday, I went to a podiatrist for my ankle. If you ever have any injuries involving your feet or ankles, I highly recommend a podiatrist over an orthopedist. No one wants to go to any doctor, but when you’re injured, it’s inevitable. My feet were x-rayed from several different angles, and the podiatrist examined them as well as my shoes. I told him the models of shoes I wore, that I was fitted in neutral shoes in 2014 and again in 2016.
After the X-rays and measuring my arches, I learned that my left arch is higher than my right arch- which explains why my knee injury and my ankle injury were both on the left side. My arches are high even for high arches, and the left foot underpronates even more than the right foot. The podiatrist fitted me for custom orthotics in the office and I left with them in my Brooks. My shoes feel much heavier now and I’m sure I’ll notice when I try to run again.
I also left with pain medication, a topical cream, and Flector pads to place on my ankle for pain relief. The podiatrist was super nice and used to run, so he was understanding and wants to get me back out there as soon as possible. He liked hearing about my half marathons.
I left with answers and medicine, but most of all, I left incredibly grateful for my health. I was the youngest person in the waiting room and the only person without a walking boot, cane, or walker. I was healthy enough to walk from my car to the doctor’s office, walk around the pharmacy while my prescription was being filled, walk up and down the stairs of my home, and exercise. Many patients in the podiatrist office could not do these things.
I don’t ever want to take running for granted, but most of all, I don’t want to take my health and quality of life for granted.
As for now, I’ll keep cross training, soaking my ankle, taking medicine, wearing insoles, and following doctor’s orders until the pain subsides. I don’t have any goal races this year, just enjoying the process of running and training- and keeping the dream alive.
I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.