Yep, it's been another two weeks since I've blogged. Life with a baby is busy, obviously. Throw in working and working out on top of that and there's barely enough time to get to the grocery let alone blog. I used to do most of my blogging at work and then fill in the gaps at home, but I got moved to the "big boys" table and now I sit right next to my boss. So, it wouldn't be exactly a great idea to continue blogging at work.
Anyway, here's a quick update on my endless list of injuries that are plaguing me this fall.
My left hip is doing much better. I continue to do some of the physical therapy exercises assigned. Except for when I do a big run, it really doesn't hurt anymore.
My right shin, on the other hand, is just a mess. It has continued to hurt more and more, to the point where I saw the doctor because I had a stress fracture. (I didn't really think it was fractured as the pain got better when I ran and the pain wasn't pinpointed on the bone, but I didn't really know what else to do.) The doctor diagnosed it as posterior tibial tendonitis and assigned me more physical therapy, specifically ultrasound. I scheduled my appointment and hoped for the best.
But I got the worst. The office called me and informed me that my insurance claim was denied because I had just had a PT evaluation and they wouldn't pay for another one for six months. Shit. So I got on the internet and googled the heck out of my diagnosis. I found some exercises and even found some ways to tape it up to make it feel better. I tried both and it felt better for a while but it was still too painful to run. I was starting to wonder if the rest of my season, the big races I've already paid for, was going to be awash. I sent my doctor an email rambling on and on about insurance, and my pain, and what can we do???? He quickly responded and I had an appointment the next day for ART (active release therapy).
ART is pure torture and hurt so badly I had to hold on to my head to keep from screaming while it was being done. And immediately after it felt terrible. The next day, though, the calf/shin had loosened up quite a bit. I stayed on the elliptical for the rest of my short runs during the week and was able to get through a 17 miler on the trails on Sunday (I had hoped to go 20 miles but ran out of time due to a family commitment.) Monday everything hurt really bad again and I was limping around like my leg was cut off. Tuesday I felt good enough to run the 7 miles from my house to my parents for dinner. Wednesday I was in terrible pain again and today was a little better. I had ART again this afternoon which loosened my shin but my calf still feels really tight.
This weekend I am running a road half marathon which is going to hurt like hell. As for the trail marathon and 50K I still have on the schedule, well, I hope to keep them on the schedule. After this weekend I can switch to all trails, treadmill, and elliptical with no road running. Once the 50K is done at the end of December I am going to take some time off and let the body heal and SLOWLY return to running.