Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I've had some tendinitis issues brewing for about two months now and my usual strategy of ignoring it hasn't been working (gee, it worked so well with the stress fractures!), so I'm trying a new approach of actually doing something. It's my inner ankle, right behind the ankle bone, and kicks in about a mile into each run.  I know it's a byproduct of the left leg stress fx/right leg drop foot double-whammy this winter and being over 40!!

It's not getting worse, and recently it's mayyyybe getting a hair better, but it's hard to say. It's not a problem on the bike or swim or in daily life, just the run. I can certainly push through it (as I did at Sunday's race), but I'd prefer it to go away, and I certainly don't want it worse.

Coach scaled back my running to the bare bones and I've kept to my promise to faithfully do PT with the theraband twice a day, I'm icing LOTS, and at the suggestion of Kurt and the chiropractor I threw some acupuncture into the mix. Yesterday was the first appointment and it was a very unique sensation with the current applied. It was a bit sore the rest of the day but today it feels pretty good.  I have a run tomorrow, but I know it will take time.

I am really fortunate that we have an industrial ice maker at work
and an extra trash can...makes for easy icing!

At least I know I'm doing what I can...aside from NOT running. Thankfully no one is wasting their breath suggesting that.  It doesn't help that I'm in the middle of Marshall Ulrich's book about running across the US - doing 50-70 miles a day.  That guy battled horrible pain and injuries (and I'm only 1/3 of the way through the book), plantar fasciitis, Achilles issues, etc. So what's a little tendonitis??  Anyway, I'd highly recommend the book, it's gripping and I'm picky about what I read.

What is it they say about runners and endurance athletes? We're either injured, rehabbing from an injury, or heading into an injury!! C'est la vie!