What do I do now

I guess it’s no secret that my blog has not been very active lately and I apologize. I havent had the energy to put the time into putting my thoughts down on the screen. I realize that now is the chance to change that, and so I will do my best to do so.  My last post was all about my first marathon. I still am in awe that I ran/walked a 26.2 mile distance. I want so badly to sign up for another race and to pull off an awesome PR, but alas, it isnt going to happen for a while.

When I started doing my long distance runs on the weekends, as I was training for my race, I began to have pain in my right achilles, where it attaches to my heel. As I increased my mileage, it got worse. I took time off from running just before the race so that I would be able to compete as planned. I wasn’t able to run as much as I would have liked to during the race, but I did finish and that was what I set out to do.  As the days went by after the race, the achilles pain began to increase to the point that it was extremely painful to walk. I tried every style of shoes that I could think of, and had many conversations with a friend who is also a podiatrist and ultra runner. He advised me to stop running and let it heal or I would be chancing ending up having surgery or worse, a ruptured achilles.

So I tried, to stop running. I went a week, here and there, but then I would get so depressed that my running wasnt happening, that I would get right back out on the road, and the whole pain cycle and inflammation would start up again.  Again and again I was told “no running for awhile”. So, I would wear my air-boot for a couple of days and it would settle down enough that I could walk comfortably. But, as soon as I even tried to return to running the pain and inflammation reared it’s ugly head and came back full force. The thought of not running for 3-6 months was making me sick to my stomach to even think about it.

Fast forward to yesterday. I was finally given the option to walk,  and also ride my bike on the trainer. I set out on the roads and happily trotted along here and there. Not full running by any means, just a little here and there. I was only allowed 20 mins, but I ended up being out there 25. I was due to do 20 mins on the bike, so I took off 5 to allow for the extra 5 on the walk.  The day was cold, and brisk, but it felt F A N T A S T I C to be out there again. Mentally I needed that ittybitty walk/run. It helped immensely to lighten the fog my brain has been in since the marathon.

I made sure to put on my favorite jacket from 180S, and my new shoes from Skechers Performance, the Go dri Ride3 Extreme. Totally made for winter/wet running. Great shoes for this time of year. Ankle/Achilles felt ok afterwards, a bit sore but nothing major. I knew that the test would be this morning when I got up.

As always, the morning is the hardest time to walk. When I sleep the tendon retracts and so when I get up and step down it pulls where it inserts into my heel and is extremely painful. This morning was awful, and I ended up making a very hard decision. I have many times gone to work and limped around all day not wanting to deal with wearing that stupid looking boot at work. But, today I realized that if I don’t start listening to my doctor and my coach, I may injure myself enough that it wont get better without surgery.  This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. My life revolves around running and everything associated with it. The thought of not being able to run just tears a big whole in my heart as well as my psyche.

So the morale of this story is.. do what your doctor tells you. Runners, I can totally sympathize with any of you dealing with injuries.. the hardest thing is to not run, and to explain to a non runner that it hurts the soul to NOT run. I know it doesnt make sense to them. I will include my family in that one.

So, I will from this point on try my hardest to be a compliant patient and do what I am told. Many thanks to Caleb, Dennis, and Isaac, who have been very, very encouraging, yet stern enough to tell me when I’m out of line. I value their input greatly.

So when you see me waddling around town or at work, you’ll know the story and won’t have to ask! Hopefully by putting this out there, I will keep myself on track a little bit better.

Yesterday’s run. I guess it’ll be my last one for a couple of months. I will have plenty of time to do gear reviews and such, and get caught up on some design changes that need to be done on here!
Need a running coach?   Caleb Masland 
This article was originally posted by Louise Cunningham on Runnersramblings.com.


4 responses to “What do I do now”

  1. Amy C says:

    So sorry that you are dealing with an injury. I have been going through the same ugly cycle and have faced the music too. We will both get better and be back in our running shoes soon!!

  2. Weez you achieved your goal of running a marathon, now is time to rest, so you don’t get like me and have that boom then bust running style. I know what you are going through and understand how hard it is and how frustrated you. However, you will be back stronger than ever, you just have to do as I say, not as I do ;-). Well you know what I mean, do what the pro’s tell you to do and you will get better faster 🙂 However, that does not mean you can walk away from running, this would be a great time to volunteer at some races, get involved with the local running club, be active in the running community online and in real life. There are so many other things you can do to stay connected to us and this blog is one of them.

  3. Dr. Moss says:

    Good luck, my friend! Winter is a good time to rest so you can get out on the roads again when the weather gets better. I took the whole winter off after my first marathon, due to injury and just not knowing what to do next. I signed up for my second marathon in March after a winter of painfully waiting for the ‘next thing’. It’s all worked out since then and I hope it will for you, too! In fact, I saw my podiatrist at my last trail race. He was running. I talked to him about how he had told me in 2012 that I would be in a boot if I ran he marathon I planned to do. I ran it, and it hurt, and a didn’t run for quite a few months after that, but I stayed out of the boot (not that I walked a lot) and I eventually got back on my feet. And I stayed on them. I still wear the shoe inserts and the ankle brace he suggested. It was great to see him again at a trail race a week after running my 12th marathon since being told I shouldn’t be running at all. I believe in you, Louise. Just give yourself time to heal!

  4. It’s so hard to step back and rest and follow orders. But you finally did it…and look now! Please take it easy! I get it. It’s hard. I’ve been there too many times. 🙁