❤️❤️Long rambling post ahead.... Last week I was hopeful that the worst of this injury was behind me, but if I’m being completely honest, I haven’t been feeling great. I woke up on Monday with pretty awful foot and calf pain, and after almost three months of discomfort, I finally saw another doctor for a second opinion. She was amazing and diagnosed me with a lateral calf strain (which I suspected), mild ITBS (unexpected), and a very swollen and inflamed plantar fascia (which I also knew), all in my right leg and foot. I start physical therapy next month, which has left me with a lot of emotions.
Something about getting a physical diagnosis was comforting. For the first time in a while, I’m convinced my pain is real and not in my head. I’m also frustrated that my own attempts at healing have gotten me nowhere. I like to think I know a lot about anatomy (I teach neuroanatomy guys! I’m studying to become a doctor!) and that I could have figured this out on my own, but it’s time to finally ask for help. I have finally accepted that deferring my marathon was the correct choice, and that this injury would have only gotten worse had I continued training. Mostly I just miss running. I miss the joy and inner peace I find when running, and lately all it’s given me is physical pain and heartaches. I’m so scared that this is forever and I’ll always have to deal with this injury. ❤️
I asked the doctor if I could still run in the interim. She was honest and said I shouldn’t, but that she understood she could never ask a runner to stop running 💕 I think this is probably a good time to take my cross training seriously though.
Thanks for sticking with me, #fitfam. I’m going to keep living vicariously through all your running victories 🏅
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