Where have I been and where am I going
I guess it’s no secret that I have been absent for a while now. A lot has been going in my life and I just haven’t had the time to put into my site. To my readers, I totally apologize. I will try to give a synopsis of what’s happening now, and what the future holds for me and my running.
Topics: Achilles, Equinus
Those of you that follow me know that I have had an Achilles injury since before my Marathon in October 2014. I have basically rested it with some running here and there since then. I have tried lots of different therapies to fix it also. PT, Ultrasound, Massage, and Chiropractic Graston treatments. Of all of them, the Chiropractic therapies helped the most. My achilles had become so inflamed that the fibers were a mess. Think about spaghetti. When you take it out of the box, its nice and straight, and the noodles all line up. Once you cook it, the noodles are all a mess, intertwined around itself. My achilles had become like cooked spaghetti instead of non-cooked. By using a metal tool, and literally scraping down the fibers so that they break down and re-align, you restart the healing process. The treatments are EXTREMELY PAINFUL. If pain bothers you, you probably won’t want this done as you won’t be able to tolerate it. Luckily for me, it did the trick with my upper achilles. I still have an issue though, on the back of my heel.. where the tendon attaches to the bone. At this point, its become a chronic mechanical issue, and will not get better without surgery. On top of this, I also have what is called “Equinus“. My calf muscles are overly tight, which is causing the chronic tension on my achilles tendon.
My surgeon had told me to go ahead and run as much as I want to, and unless something else happens, to enjoy my summer. As of right now, I have registered for 3 races. Beach to Beacon in August, which is my favorite race, and, a race on Memorial Day, which I do to honor my father and father-in-law who were both veterans, and a 5K thrown in between. I may try and pick up a couple other races depending on how my ankle holds up. It’s important to me to continue my running, as it is my outlet to de-stress and my way to keep healthy. Recently I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and now have to avoid gluten. I had been anemic for years, and the doctors couldn’t find the cause. I finally saw a Hematologist who had me have an endoscopy to look at my stomach and upper intestine… and that’s when I was diagnosed. Evidently the severe anemia was caused by the Celiac issues.
Now that I am back training under Coach Caleb Masland for the summer, I am finding that I have way more energy than I have ever had. Before when I ran, I didn’t have the endurance to go very far before I would burn out and have to walk for a minute to regain my strength. Since Ive been diagnosed, and have healed my gut, I have TONS more energy when I run. I am running way faster than before, and loving every minute of it. I am slowly increasing my running intervals, and walking less. It’s finally coming to where I have always wanted to be.
So…. you might be wondering, why am I having surgery if my running is improving steadily? Well, the answer is the pain that is involved after the run, especially the next two days. Walking at times is excruciating, and driving makes it ten times worse. Some mornings it’s really hard to get up and walk around, and other mornings it’s not bad at all. If I ever had to run in a hurry in case of emergency, there’s no way I could do that. The problem though is that if I have surgery, there’s always a possibility of complications and that could possibly mean I’ll never run again. It’s a big risk to take at this point, but really, it has become a necessity at this point. It will be a long recovery since the surgeon is going to fix my achilles and the Equinus also. Right now I’m planning on taking 4 weeks off from work. Surgeon told me to expect to be off the leg totally for 6 weeks, which means no driving. I have tentatively set up the date for right after the Beach to Beacon race. My daughter will still be home from college and can take me to my appointments as needed. It’s going to be a long month laying around, and that part I am not looking forward to, as you can imagine. Having it done in August means I can take the winter off from running. I am hoping this surgery will allow me to get back to my passion of running, and relatively pain free.
Is anyone else out there going through something similar? I would love to hear from you!