injury rehab

Well, I went to the orthopedic doctor on Monday afternoon.  Right after my foot started hurting really bad, I asked some of my PT + ATC friends on Facebook for local doctor recommendations.  I had one in mind that Matt had gone to several years ago, but wanted to see if there were some other doctors professionals recommended, especially for runners.  One of my friends recommended the doctor for the Cardinals, which was really appealing since I knew he worked with athletes, but when my former boss recommended the doctor I had in my head, I was sold.

I got to my appointment, filled out all the necessary paperwork and insurance information, and waited.  And waited.  And waited.  Finally I was taken back for x-rays.  Does anyone else have issues with x-rays?  I don’t mind them, but I always overthink the whole not moving while they take the x-ray part and feel like I just have to move.  They took pictures of my foot in 4 different angles and then took my to my room.  Where I did a lot more waiting.  I was tempted to lay down on the table and take a nap, but I figured that probably wasn’t the best first impression.

The doctor was awesome!  Very down to earth and easy to talk to.  And did I mention, he’s a runner as well.  So he gets it.  And by it, I mean the urge to need to run and run through injuries because you just can’t stop.  #runnerproblems  He asked me when it started hurting, which I almost totally had forgotten about up until that point.  I had a few issues over the summer, but after a week off, quickly went away.  However, one night MacKenna was up in the middle of the night, and I was walking her back to her room, I felt a pop in my foot.  It wasn’t necessarily painful and didn’t swell, but I know that’s when this really started to both me.  I was back to running in compression socks daily until it got to the point where running didn’t hurt, but I couldn’t walk afterward.


He was surprised when I said there was no swelling after the pop in my foot, but there is a decent bump on my heel at the site of my pain.  He poked around a little bit and tested the strength in my ankle and toes.  We looked at my x-ray and he pointed out a few things.  I didn’t feel like the x-ray is necessary, but plantar fasciitis can lead to heel spurs, so at that point, I was thankful there was nothing of concern (heel spur, stress fracture) on the x-ray.

The recommended treatment:  physical therapy to work on my strength and flexibility.  I mean, I surely can’t be surprised because those have been the things I have really been lacking on since I’ve bumped up my mileage while training for RnR Chicago and RnR St. Louis.  While he still said I can’t run until I go see the physical therapist (ugh, another full week off), the good news is he said I absolutely needed to be exercising (THANK THE LORD!) so I could be in shape to run RnR St. Louis!  He thinks that with the right treatment of strength, flexibility, and lots + lots of ice (he recommended NSAIDS but I’m allergic to ibuprofen), I should easily be running again.


I have to admit, the time off has definitely helped.  As much as I hate it, I know it’s exactly what I needed before this really got out of hand.  I’m hoping the PT will help me manage the pain a little bit better and give me better ways to stretch.  I guess I’m over the whole not stretching thing.  I HATE doing it – it’s such a time suck to this Type A girl – but it’s obviously going to help keep these stupid little injuries at bay.  I’m ready to run again and hopefully won’t be sidelined too much longer.

Oh, and the last thing the doctor said to me before walking out the door:  “You know how this happened, right?  You’re 30.”  *sigh*  Birthday month officially begins tomorrow – let’s hope things look a little brighter at 31…

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a week of no workouts

I really wanted to say that I don’t remember the last time I went this long without working out at all, but I took a week off after Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago.  And it was for the same reason I’m taking off now.  My stupid foot.

After going to the chiropractor last weekend, I was worried there was a possibility I had ruptured my plantar fascia.  He suggested I go get a second opinion.  So, I made an appointment and texted my chiropractor to let him know.  I also asked him for some recommendations for cross training.  He suggested none.

Say what now?!  None?!  Nope, not even a little.  The best thing I could do for my body was rest.  So, that’s what I did.  I rested.  All week.


And you know what, my foot has progressively gotten better throughout the week.  Yesterday was by far the best day so far, with little to no pain.

While I didn’t do any exercise, I did spend the week trying to rehab my foot.  My plan consisted of rest (obviously), ice, and stretching.  I remembered that I had been dealing with some Achilles tendon pain a few months ago and asked my chiro if it was my right leg or my left leg.  He confirmed, right leg – same leg that I’ve been dealing with PF for the past few months.  So, I’ve been trying to stretch out my calves a couple times a day.  I’ve also been doing trigger point massage and foam rolling once a day.


In addition to all the stretching and rest, I’ve been wearing a boot at night.  Of course, I’ve only made it 2 nights actually wearing it all night long, but I really believe it’s helping.


So, I go see the orthopedic doctor this afternoon.  I’m not nearly as nervous as I was a week ago, thinking that for sure I would be in a boot or possibly surgery, but I’m nervous he’s going to tell me another few weeks of no running.  Thankfully, he specializes in runners and athletes so I’m hoping he’ll understand how important getting back to running is, especially with Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis in 3 weeks.  My goal is to be at that starting line.  I might just be walking the 10K, but I’ll be there.  Ultimately, I’m hoping a week off was enough, and some PT and stretching is all required and I can start running again.

*sigh*  Here’s hoping…

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body after bump #2: 9 months


So, 3 months have passed since my last check-in on my postpartum body + brain progress.  At the time, I was probably at one of the lowest points.  I hadn’t quite realized that what I was going through was postpartum depression, but I did know that something definitely wasn’t right.  I think at that point I was just waiting for someone to reach out and tell me to get help, that it was OK, and that I definitely wasn’t alone.  But, I felt alone and scared.

Three months later and I’m feeling better than I ever have.  There have been a few times where I’ve felt really lonely and sad, but nothing compared to 3 months ago.  Things are much more manageable and I’m much more willing to communicate my feelings when things start to feel overwhelmed.  That doesn’t mean that I actually ask for help when I need it – I’m still stubborn as ever – but things aren’t nearly as overwhelming.


It’s also sort of given me a new outlook on the rest of my postpartum progress.  Yesterday was the first time I had weighed myself in 3 months.  And I wasn’t worried at all.  No matter what that number said, it didn’t define me.  My clothes fit, I’m happy with how I look, and I’m doing my best to stay healthy.  My weight is no longer important to me because there are so many more things that matter more.


Deep, I know, right?!

But, really.  No pictures.  No numbers.  Just me being real.  I feel like I have my life together again.  I’m not counting calories.  I’m not tracking my weight.  I’m not freaking out about being alone with my kids.  I’m in a good place and I am doing my best to keep it that way.  Even without being able to run this week, I’m not freaking out.  Yes, it SUCKS – like hardcore.  But, I know that it’s not forever.  I’ll run again and hopefully sooner than later because I’m taking the time off that my body needs.

So, my body after bump now means treating my body + mind the way it deserves to be treated.  I’m trusting my instincts and doing what I need to do to stay healthy.

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