They say that admitting that you have a problem is the first step towards recovery.
Okay, we’ll start at the beginning. About two weeks into marathon training, my right leg started to feel weird. I ran through it for a week thinking it would subside. (DO NOT try that at home.) It didn’t improve (Duh!), so I opted for a week of rest. Then I ran and still felt it. Doctor time! After a few heel raises, one-legged squats and hops, I went for an x-ray and some physical therapy. Since the x-ray was negative, the doctor considered the possibility it being an issue with my tibalis posterior (the key stabilizing muscle of the lower leg.)
My physical therapist had me do a bunch of stabilizing exercises, resistance band work and stretched and stretched me out. She also introduced me to KT tape, which of course I purchased in PINK.
On doctor’s orders, it’s been another two weeks since I have run. I have continued my marathon training on a bike for now. Any impact cardio during gym workouts has been replaced with rowing . Both my coach and the doctor has assured me that it should still be fine as long as I kept up with the modified training.
Yesterday I saw the doctor and did a very scientific medical test. He made me hop on my right leg. And it didn’t hurt. He said that if it was a stress fracture, I wouldn’t be able to do that painlessly. He sent me off and told me to try running. Hey Doc, you do not have to tell me twice. On a beautiful fall morning (in August in NY), I ran 2 miles this morning without pain. Not sure if I’m healed just yet, but I will keep trying slowly to run longer. I’ll probably keep the bike in rotation for now until I feel confident that all is well.
1. Training for long distance running is more than running long. You have to keep your WHOLE body strong.
2. If you feel pain, STOP and see a doctor asap.
3. KT tape works to take the pressure off.
4. Speedwork on a bike is a tough work out!
5. Stretch alot and often!
Sorry for keeping the secret. Just hoping I am on the road to recovery now. I have 26.2 miles to run through NYC in 2+ month!
Have you ever been injured when training for a race? Please tell about your stories of recovery and happily ever after!