The Rehab Race

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.

Happy running 🙂

32 thoughts on “The Rehab Race

    • Thanks Sam 🙂 it’s proving to be a hard and uninspiring race this Rehab Race. But keep on going I must. My swimming is coming along a treat! So that’s a positive. I will check out the web site, thank you and yes, Allcare is the physio. Once I get the all clear to run again I’ll be coming down for a visit. There is a try a try on the weekend after Bruny. I would really like to have a go – just a little problem with the fact that I’m not currently cleared for cycling or running! But my little brain says “why let a thing like that stop you” hehe x

      • Annie, I feel for you, I really but don’t go rushing back into things too soon and don’t ignore your body! I ignored the little niggle in my glute which became more and more persistent and I am now in my 8th month of not being able to run with restrictions on most other things I can do. I can now sit more comfortably, apart from long car journeys, but most other activities like walking are still uncomfortable, I never imagined a little niggle in the glute was going to result in this!
        You are doing all the right things and that’s great news about the swimming, well done 😊

      • Oh Sam, I didn’t realise how bad your issue has been (hugs) and here I am having a major meltdown and it’s only been 5 weeks. Hugs. I hear you. To be honest my confidence is totally shot and I will be getting back so slowly into things. I never want to be here again. It sucks. Wishing you lots of healing. I wish I had a magic wand and could make you all better x

      • Hope your dry needling this week helped and was bearable!
        Yes, it has been a tough time, lots of downs, I had a few tears when I came out of the sports doctor’s rooms this week when told I still couldn’t run then gave myself a kick up the butt, I have a friend who’s husband has very recently been diagnosed with cancer and has been told he might not see Christmas and there I am crying over such a small thing 😞
        I’ve been studying at uni, something I couldn’t have fitted in when training, I’ve made more time for my family and friends, I’d like to say I’ve got a super clean house too but that would stretching things just a bit too far 😉
        Hang in there Annie, this is just a little road bump, thinking of you 💕

      • Oh Sam, hugs! Tears are ok. I think mine are so your tears are ok too. What a tough call. So sorry to hear about your friend’s husband. That is terrible (more hugs). Not running does provide so much more time…I’m finding it a struggle to know what to do. Sounds like you’ve put yours to excellent use. Hang in there right back to you Sam x We can do this little road bump we can!

  1. Annie it really is a team sport isn’t it? Good friends to support you and then a vast health care team. It’s such a tough journey and not nearly as satisfying as doing the running itself. Like you I have some parts like my big old gluteus max that wants to sit around and do nothing while my poor calves work themselves senseless.
    You know even though so many thousands of miles apart I am sending positive energy and massive hugs. Hoping for good news and you plan going forward sounds like a solid one. xo

    • I’m having the biggest rofl at your ‘big old gluteus max’ comment – there is no big or old bits of you Sue! Thanks for your support. I have imagined the Canadian pom pom crew cheering me on doing my rehab. Particularly when I had a million needles the other day. I’m off for more tomorrow so I hope you’re not too busy because I’m going to need you. The physio is going to do my piriformis as well as my ITB. Needles in the gluteus max…I hope he had long needles because I do have a big one!

      • Oh you are hilarious. No big parts on you either my friend. You might be interested to know I spent the day with a film crew as I am part of a media campaign for our province’s physiotherapists. Nine hours of cycling, interviewing, still shots. I should have trained up for it!
        Hope the day with your physio went well. Yes Pom poms in gear. 🙂

      • Thanks lovely Sue. Are we going to get a link to this promo when it’s ready? I hope so. I had more needling today and my goodness the ones that went into my gluteus max went in a long long long way….I have photos! Pauly came too and he made many interesting comments wondering if one size needles fits all bottoms….I was supposed to be still but I kept getting the giggles!

      • Oh you two are hilarious. I can just see you giggling with all your needles waving about like tiny javelins.
        Yews when it is all done i will definitely share as long as I am given permission. I’m investigating whether I can share some of the cell phone photos earlier. Don’t want to break any rules.

  2. All the best Annie, you are tackling this the only way you know how to and that is with good humour and endurance. Your running skills are well honed and I’m sure you will bounce back before too long. Your helpers are working with you and you have support from many of us who live many miles away. Sending positive thoughts your way 🙂

  3. Glad to read that there is improvement! I guess it’s part of the journey to discover and get rid of the weak spots. I am having the same thoughts you had about gait analysis… I was looking into getting an FMS done, but haven’t because I’m thinking I’m a beginner.

  4. 40 mins of exercises twice per day! That’s dedication for you! I’m sure that you will overcome this Annie, as you say if not in time for this year, definitely for next. And when it is all done, you will be a stronger runner. It’s a long game 😊

  5. OH ANNIEBABES!!!! )))hugs((( Stoked to read that is improvement… ha ha, i am a beginner and i had a gait analysis just a few months ago, it was AMAZING!!!! So interesting…. no one is a beginner runner… we ALL RUN! GO and do it… you will be amazed!
    I am intrigued by alternative therapies! Reiki in particular! I once had a session… it was profound!
    You are strong, resilient, fit and healthy… blips occur and we just have to try and take the good from it, work on that and make the comeback better….
    love ya

    • Go you CJ, you are a smarter runner than me. I wish I’d had this done ages ago. As soon as I’m running again I’m off for the gait analysis. I’d do Reki again. It was the calmness and caring that really helped. ITB has been a bit up and down since then, but I’m hoping it’s not wishful thinking to say it’s showing signs of more good times than bad. I hope you are on the improve too xxx

  6. I have been following your blog for about a year, and whenever a big run comes up I always check if you have a comment about it, I have gained so much inspiration from your blog. I was saddened to read about your ITB and how down you are. I have had ITB problems since late last year, I was going to a Physio’s and sports massage. Eventually my Physio told me that I need to ease up on my running, he suggested I still do my weekly club runs or Parkrun but get on my bike to n place of training. So since April I have been riding up to 100km a week. My injury has finally cleared up and I am running faster than ever, I broke my Parkrun PB 4 times out of 5 runs and in Ross bettered my run from the year before by 14 minutes.. You have probably had so much advice, but I thought I would just share this with you. You have so much strength and give encouragement to others, we all need people like you to keep us all running. Take care……John

    • Hello John, Thanks so much for the lovely comment. It’s always been my aim to inspire others so I feel humbled that you have gained some inspiration from my ramblings. I have been terribly down about the ITB and have had lots of advice and suggestions all of which I’ve appreciated. It’s good to know that you have not only beaten the issue but have come back stronger and faster. 14 minutes at Ross is huge! This weekend the ITB has been up and down but I’m thinking a bit more on the upside so fingers crossed it’s on the way to healing. Thanks again for your kind words, they have lifted me up no end x

  7. love your column and have used it to inspire me to two point to pinnacles and a half a Cadbury. This year was meant to be the year of the big improvement and thinking about a Marathon and bam tore calf last day of May . This put me out for about 6 weeks but then everything else glutes and core became week and so my back continually went. BUT a good physio has got me back running and being an aths coach also analysed my running. What a revelation. So get that gait analysis done , rejigging how you run is a long slow process but I think it will be worthwhile. Funny to change my running as an over 50 women but we will see come Cadbury. Still not brave enough for a Marathon yet.

    • Hello Jo, thank you for the encouraging comment, it really makes me so happy to know I’m providing a little inspiration (especially now). I’m sorry to hear about the torn calf but very happy to know you ran the Rehab Race and are back fitter and stronger. That running gait analysis is coming up as soon as my ITB is happy again. If you felt able to tell me who you went to I would appreciate it but understand if you’d rather not. I can’t imagine changing my running style but I take hope from the fact that you’ve been able to. I hope the right time comes up for you to live your marathon dream x

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