Sue encouraged me to think of getting back into running as an event in itself. I’ve tried vainly to do this this week. It’s finally working after some initial dark days.
I’ve had several people extend the hand of friendship and help me with what to do about my unhappy ITB.
We recently met some lovely people at the pub and he’s a physio. He prescribed exercises to help with some areas of my body that don’t work so well. Turns out that my hammies, quads and glutes don’t work together as a team. It’s a bit like they are on a three seater tandem bike and sometimes one of two of them have their feet up on the handlebars and allow the others to carry them. Lazy old things! I don’t consider myself a lazy person so to find out that some major muscle areas are slacking off – well, I was not happy with them.
I was prescribed a heap of caning exercises to do. A routine of 40 minutes twice a day for three days and I was supposed to be able to start running again. While my muscles were getting stronger the pain in my ITB wasn’t going away.
A PT at our gym suggested ultrasound treatment. Suddenly I felt a bit stupid (not an unusual feeling for me). The ITB is a tendon. I’ve suffered from tendonitis in my wrists years ago and ultra sound worked a treat. So yesterday I had ultra sound and more dry needling as well as some taping.
And finally this week I did something that I believe in enough to try. I had a Reki session. It was calming. The practitioner didn’t want to know where I was hurting but quickly and accurately assessed that I’ve been in a dark place mentally and found the hurting leg. Afterwards I felt released.
There is hope. There is some light. Janette, Pauly and I went swimming yesterday (I’m allowed to swim, elliptical and go for a walk as long as it’s not uncomfortable, but nothing else). We are going to give it one more week and then if I’m not right we’ll enter ourselves as a team for Bruny Island Ultra. This makes a lot of sense. Just as we supported Pauly last year we can support Louie to run. Then if everything goes to plan I can have a go in 2017 and Team Quackers can support me. The more I think about it the more sense it makes.
I’ve always wanted to have a running gait analysis done. Initially I thought I wasn’t a good enough runner to go to these lengths. I thought that being a beginner runner having something so athletic done would be thought of as overkill. It occurred to me that as adults no one is a beginner runner. Show me an able bodied human being who didn’t run as a child. There aren’t any. We were all runners as children, just that some of us lost the love and stopped. Every able bodied adult is a lapsed runner. We gave it up in childhood. Some of us find it again in adulthood. I’ll be heading to Hobart to a specialist physio to have a gait analysis done and then fastidiously working on areas of my body that need strengthening. I don’t want to be here again ever if I can help it.
One thing I’ve learnt over the six years of running is that professional people like Remedial Masseuses, Podiatrists, Osteos and Physios truly do care. They don’t mind if our goal is a 5km fun run or a 64km ultra. They want to give us the best care that they can give to help us reach our goals. If you put the label of beginner runner on yourself and feel that you can’t tap into the vast resources out there because in your mind you’re not a good enough runner… Please give yourself a slapping. Get on the phone and make an appointment to see someone who can help you with your running.
The Rehab Race is moving forwards. Who knows where my finish line is. I am a marathoner. I have endurance. I can do this. Quitting isn’t an option.