I never anticipated this long of a break from regular running. Three+ months now…yikes! At the onset of “injury” in late July/early August I decided marathon training was a no-go but still expected a much faster return. Nothing was broken and inflammation should have subsided by now. Well, months later and the pain in my foot has now become a pain in the ass.
Not literally, thank goodness.
I’ve hesitated posting an “update” on my recovery because, truthfully, I still don’t know where I stand. An inconclusive diagnosis has been harder for me to handle than the concrete “stress fracture” injury from last year, which required solely rest. I’ve seen countless doctors (Western and functional) in my quest for pain-free running and, like most things, everyone has a different opinion. When there aren’t any red-flags on tests and the pain isn’t localized to one spot, it leaves a lot of room for interpretation…
It’s your orthotics! It’s your hips! It’s your gut! It’s your gait! It’s from life stress! It’s because you eat too many nuts and seeds!
Not making that last one up….
While one specific remedy hasn’t been a cure-all (shocker), a combination of things have contributed to overall progress, namely reducing inflammation and fixing longtime structural and mechanical issues. Over the past eight years, I’ve admittedly “gotten away” with a lot as a runner. It’s kind of embarrassing! I always did my glute-activation drills but my form needed a little more TLC. By addressing overstriding, my hip-drop and heel strike with a professional (hands-on guidance), I hope to better prime my body for strong return.
As much as I wish there was an easy solution, I’m grateful for the steps I’ve made.
I’ve let go of “why did this happen?” and started focusing on “what can I do now?” Among other things, this includes maintaining a healthy mindset. Accepting and honoring this stage of my life, fitness or otherwise, has been a crucial part of recovery. The cycle of negativity and comparison does not do me (or anyone else) any good. There’s value in every stage of life, or so I’ve been told by those older and wiser.
Currently? My non-routine “routine” includes some movement 3-4x a week. I can jog/walk occasionally. I go to yoga. I strength train. I do my PT exercises. I rest. I do what feels good. I fully believe in the power of both a good sweat session and a good rest session, I’ve just needed more of the latter this year. No biggie. I’m an overall healthy and functioning person just trying to get back to life on the run!
Simply put: recovery has been a puzzle that I didn’t intend to solve. This entire year has been a puzzle in itself! I *think* I nailed the four corners, so now it’s just the middle that needs to come together.
A little more time, effort and prayer. I can handle it.