The Return of the Beast

And no, sadly, The Beast isn’t me; it’s my injury.  It would appear that it’s back. To be clear, my plantar fasciitis never really went away; however I was put on the following recovery plan by my very lovely physiotherapist, Andrew:
  1. 2 weeks rest + intensive calf stretching
  2. Active recovery week 1: 2x 20 minute runs
  3. Active recovery week 2: 3x 30 minute runs
  4. Active recovery onwards: 3-4 runs per week, including one long (slow) run
I was warned that I’d have symptoms throughout active recovery, and that this was normal. In fact, I should continue running with a moderate level of discomfort (since the plantar fascia is a load-bearing arch, it needs to get used to load-bearing in order to recover properly, even if it’s not pleasant).
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Well, I’ve been running with discomfort. Moderate discomfort that I could cope with, along with stretching, hot baths, ice packs, compression socks, and injury taping. The discomfort wasn’t great fun, but remained at a stable level. My calves were tightening, but things were looking at least half decent. (Sidenote: it takes a special kind of crazy to keep running when in pain, even on the orders of a professional).


But this Tuesday was the straw that broke the horse’s back. I ran with my club, very slowly, even turning down the slightly extended B route. Nonetheless, the pain returned, quite severely. I finished up the route (wanting it to be over more than anything else) and had a little moment of self-pity as I walked back to meet for our post-run beers.
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And so, I am injured again. But this time I’ve booked myself straight in to see my physio; I’m resting (from running at least) and I’m not in denial. Sad to say though I’ve had a crazy week, so calf stretching has fallen to the wayside, and my legs are now in a constant state of soreness (even at night!)


Anyway, that’s just an update from me. Thankfully swimming and cycling are now a big enough part of my life that I can turn to those disciplines. But if I’m being completely honest, working out relentlessly and at a high level of intensity has really taken it out of me this year; I think I’m long overdue some bonus rest days.
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What’s your fitness update? How’s your running going?
 
Lots of love,
Pippa
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19 thoughts on “The Return of the Beast

  1. Awww… I’m sorry to hear about your injury coming back. BUT. I do love your Lord of the Rings meme. It made me laugh because I’m drafting up a post at this very moment that includes a Lord of the Rings meme.

    I hope you feel better soon!

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  2. Hmmmm… I had big problems, both with my PF and calf muscles, because I have short toes. I’ve got a size 11 foot but my short toes mean I measure out to a 10. The arch in the wrong location meant I was a mess. I needed a pro at the running store (the owner actually) to get me figured out. Just a thought.

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      1. From the way my situation worked out, I think it’s pretty rare, but I can tell you, I was a mess. I got so bad I couldn’t climb up stairs but I wouldn’t give up because I figured everyone can run… figured it was just a matter of getting used to it. Bought a pair of size 22’s and never had another problem.

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  3. Awwww man, that’s not good to hear. I had to chuckle a little about being in denial though – I can totally relate! PF is a beast for sure. I haven’t had it, but my husband has. Sleeping with the night splint helped him through it, but it did take awhile. I have a bit of tendinitis in my foot and it went away for a bit, but is also back now. I’m trying to keep it low key, but I feel you, such a punishment to NOT be able to run! Hope your PF gets better soon!!

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    1. I was actually considering getting a splint, will see what my physio says as they’re kinda pricey! I hate not being able to run, especially now that it’s busy with christmas parties and it would be great to just run to work everyday and get the workout done!

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  4. booo on injuries! why cant our bodies just suck it up and not get hurt! im dealing with some left foot issues reminiscent of my stress fracture back in february but not as bad…feet as so important you would think they would be a little less resistant to injury right!

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