After a frustrating week I almost decided not to even post a recap. Then I remembered how helpful it is to be able to look back on this journey and see the progress I have made. Also, I always end up feeling better when I share the tough stuff and get feedback from you guys.
The week started out well. I had run 4 miles on Sunday and did a strength workout on Monday. Tuesday was when things fell apart. I went out to do about 2-3 miles and about 15 minutes in I felt my ankle get really tight and then it even felt like my whole left leg through my hip was tight. I stopped and walked home. The rest of the day my foot was extremely stiff and it hurt to walk.
I hobbled into my chiropractor’s offices that afternoon because he has walk-in hours. (I was scheduled to go to PT on Thursday). I described this issue to my chiro and told him it felt like something was really jammed. When he moved my ankle we could hear a clicking that didn’t happen on the other side. He was like, yup, that’s pretty jammed. He was able to mobilize it and also my hips. I mentioned that my low back had felt sort of off since the plane ride so he also adjusted that and said that all of those areas were really out. We discussed that it would probably be good for me to go in every 3 weeks or so and just make sure everything in aligned properly.
I had a bit of a pity party about all of this on Tuesday and decided I wasn’t going to work out on Wednesday. Gradually throughout the day on Wednesday my ankle and foot felt significantly better. On Thursday after work I saw my PT and by then it was feeling probably 90% better.
My regular PT wasn’t there but I saw someone else who is also familiar with my injury. He was impressed with how strong my feet and ankles looked. As we talked and he looked at me he proclaimed that I was a “hip person” rather than a “foot person”. Meaning that some people come in with issues like mine with weak feet, others with weak hips. I was like uh yeah, I have had issues with my hips forever and ever.
This doesn’t change my course of action at all, because all the exercises I have been doing have been focused on both the feet and the hips and try to make everything work functionally. We decided that next time I go in I will run on the gym’s treadmill before my appointment and one of the PTs will check out my form 20-25 minutes into the run when it is more likely to break down. I was also advised to stop running every .5-1 mile to reset everything and make sure I am still using good form.
On Friday I did a short workout with the TRX and some of my PT exercises, and was feeling good. So on Saturday I headed out for a run. I have to admit, I was really nervous that the same feeling from Tuesday would happen again. I ran 3 miles while stopping every half of a mile to walk for a minute and reset my form. I felt good throughout the run, which makes me think that my adjustments on Tuesday really made a difference.
So the theme lately is “just go with the flow”. There are some days when my body just doesn’t want to run and I need to accept that, figure out what the problem is, and move on. One of these days my hips will actually get strong enough to let me run more- I hope.
Would you describe yourself as a “hip person” or a “foot person”? (Or neither- lucky you!)
What is the longest amount of time it’s ever taken you to recover from an injury?
Are you able to accept a “go with the flow” mentality or do you like to be able to do exactly what you want each day?