What a week it was! I was on a major up and down ride with my leg last week but I’m happy to report that things are not as bad as I initially thought and there’s actually some hope for my running future and other endeavors I hope to dabble in.
For those that may have missed
my near mental collapse the unfolding of events, I thought I was having a significant flare-up of the tendonitis that robbed me of my running joy for over 5 months. I was heart-broken and beginning to wonder if a life of pain would be my future and if I’d ever get back to running half marathons. And what about the full marathon I plan on doing? Or triathlon which I’m aching to get into.
In short, I was really getting lost in my head. I prayed about it, took a few deep breaths and calmly went for a Graston treatment and made an appointment with another chiropractor who specializes in functional movement and who I was praying could give me some new insight into my issue, the underlying cause and how to get rid of it forever.
The Graston appointment sparked some hope as she was certain whatever was causing me grief was not tendonitis-related. She poked around and found the money spot around my hip. Yowza. I don’t react vocally to pain very often but she had me singing notes I didn’t know existed when she found the tender spot. She also said my calf had never felt so good and hardly needed any treatment. That’s never happened in my life so I allowed myself a short happy dance. She showed me a couple of different ways to foam roll the area and said running and training really shouldn’t be an issue.
When it came time for appointment number two, I was cautiously optimistic that the news would be good. And it was. Turns out, my issue is structural. My left leg (the one that causes me grief) is longer than my right (which is normal) but because my joints hyper-extend (which I already knew), when my legs fatigue and my form and stability go south (which they do in an embarrassing fashion, as was observed during my examination), my ITB over-compensates, all the surrounding muscles tighten and pull on my tendon, giving me pain. There were a few other things noted that I don’t need to go into but the bottom line is that it’s all treatable!
He looked at all my athletic shoes, went over the type of training I do and my heart rate training and all was good. I have 3 simple (yet difficult) exercises to do to work on stability so when I start to increase mileage again in a couple of months, I will hopefully not run into any more issues.
He’s 100% confident that if I keep up with the exercises and my level of fitness that I will be pain-free forever! Huzzah!!! He also said I can run and train as I normally would but to expect some pain after while the muscles are strengthening.
Happy girl. Elated girl. So glad to finally have some answers after nearly 2 years of wondering what, when, where and why. Now I have a plan and a date with my treadmill!
Have a great week everyone!!