Monday, May 2, 2011

Interesting dénoument...and coming soon!

"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."
Henry Ford

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!
Cheers!

22 comments:

Gaspegirl said...

What great news!! I am so happy for you. I just bought my first pair of New Balance 860 (I think) and I love them... hope you have great success on finding the right shoe.

make it a great day!

ajh said...

Thanks for the reminder. I need to go post my review. Great on the running at last.

Char said...

It'll be great if the mystery is finally solved.

Kate said...

Wonderful news! Good detective work, too. I thought long and hard about cutting my running shoes where my blisters form and didn't. If you saw the pictures, that was maybe a mistake. You were brave to do the surgery! :)

Beth said...

I'm so glad to see running back in your title! You are getting this all figured out which is wonderful. Hope all continues to go well and that you will be back to your training plan soon!

Black Knight said...

Glad you have found a solution. Take care and come back to your training soon.

Marlene said...

Aha! An explanation! What a silly little thing. Glad you figured it out and can take steps to resume training!

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel said...

Sounds like it's time for some barefoot running!

Molly said...

Whoo hoo!!!

Matty B. said...

I super-strongly advise you to not take ANY advice from Johnny. That man delights in misleading others.

Wow, barefoot running sounds like a miracle cure and I can't wait to read more and more about your recuperation.

Teamarcia said...

Oooooh I hope you found it!!
Come to Philly!!! I have no idea how fast it sells out but I'll monitor it and come here and beg you regularly. It'd be SO fun to see you!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I am really - really hoping that this is the problem and you will be returning to running. I know how much you enjoy it and am thankful that you found biking . . . and enjoy it so much.

Emz said...

(barefoot on the treadmill)
you
know
I
love
that!

Wifey said...

Awesome news! So excited for you.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

dawn said...

I wonder if maybe you will benefit from the Vibram Five Finger Shoes? They are apparently the closest thing to running barefoot witout actually being barefoot. I'm glad to hear you're on the way to recovery. :)

Anabela (Bela) Neves said...

I'm glad you figured it out. Barefoot running is getting really popular lately, you are following the trend ;)

Steel Springs said...

Great! I'm glad that you were able to narrow in on the cause of the problem. I'm looking forward to hearing what shoes you end up with.

Johann said...

Not sure if you know but I always cut my shoes. I get home with new shoes and start cutting. It does wonders for me. Glad you can do some running!

chris mcpeake said...

great news.
funny that your injury required a shoe surgeon

Anne said...

I like your new blog header, Anne. And I'm glad the mystery is solved on the painfully slow recovery. Who knew it was the shoe!

Giorgio said...

Great to hear good news! I hope you'll come back to your training plan soon!
Seems that barefoot running makes you feel good :) Take care!

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