"Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward."
At my last PT appointment, I tried to run on the treadmill and although walking caused no pain, the minute I started running I felt sharp jabs at the injury site for every step I took. This is when I mentioned to the PT that my shoe seemed to be hitting where the pain is and he concurred that it seemed to be exactly at the site. We left it at that and I was instructed to walk and bike until I saw him again...today.
However, yesterday, I once again noticed that my shoe was rubbing at the injury site and I also noticed that I hardly felt any pain while at home. Note that I am pretty much always barefoot when I'm home. After all this time, I finally put two and two together and took the scissors to my shoe. I cut out the piece that was rubbing into my injury!!
Today, I told the PT and he agreed that, that was a great idea. After fiddling with the ankle, loosening it up for a while, he had me run barefoot on the treadmill and I was fine. The pain was mild and very bearable. WOW! I then put my shoes on, and despite the cut off section, they still managed to poke close to the injury and I ended up feeling pain. Still, this is great news! I am running again :)
Tomorrow, I can do 4 X 1 minute of running (barefoot on the treadmill) and then Thursday, I see the PT again and we'll see. Today, I ran 3 X1 minute successfully. We both figure that I may have been leaning a little more over the right shoe because of the left groin pain, which caused irritation on my 23K run, which lead to this injury. We may finally have found the culprit! I plan on shopping for new shoes...of course I'm sticking with minimalist, because my form is good and natural in those. Apparently, New Balance has a nice low slung minimalist shoe for women I'll be looking into. I'll keep you posted.
ALSO, coming soon...this Friday, May 6th, look for my review of the book "Running on Empty" and my interview with the author, Marshall Ulrich. Plus, the chance to win your own copy.
Have a great week!