Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Last winter/spring I was training for the Flying Pig marathon in Cincinnati. I was training solo and really pushed myself through some horrid runs in a lot of snow. I made it through 2 20 milers alone!!! My feet were nagging me along the way but about a month before the race the pain was unbearable. I went to see an orthopedist and he told me I had posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction. He recommended PT and stability shoes. I did the PT for a bit and got shoes, but the only thing that helped was stopping running for about a month. IT sucked, I skipped the race, but I could barely walk at that point. Well, it is flared up with a vengence and I am only running 20 miles a week. Boo. I am so sad. I am stretching and icing, but I think I better be careful and make sure not to run 2 days in a row. So unfair. I am pretty much limping, good times. When I wake up in the morning or get up after sitting for awhile, it's like someone tightened a spring in my arch and I can't flatten my foot. I literally hobble to go tend to Harper in the middle of the night.

I want to run, I want to push my limits, I want to sweat and leave it out there on the road, yet here I am again with feet that don't want to cooperate. My plan is to ice after every run, do my PT stretches everyday and make sure to run every other day (up my biking). If I do run 2 days in a row, one run has to be under 5 miles. I will make it through this HM, if my feet are still flared up I will head back to the doctor. Maybe I need orthodics this time around.

On another note, Harper is rolling over again and again. She's got it down! Yay. Her first big milestone. She did it once the other day while leaning on a pillow, so it helped her roll; but today I had her laying on the living room floor on her excercise mat and she did it while I was in the kitchen. I came back in and there she was on her stomach, I didn;t leave her that way! I was so sad that I missed it. Then I went to the bathroom and she did it again! No one saw it but Mushi. Luckily for me once I sat down and played with her for awhile she did it several more times. Such a cutie. I just can't get over how much I love this kid.


Clare said...

hopefully orthotics will help! my achilles is similar...much better when i remember to ice. for me though it's nice not to feel like i have to run everyday...more time for bikes and weights! good luck!

Nitsirk said...

That stinks. I have orthotics and love them. That's awesome that Harper is rolling. Jack still isn't. He did it once and not again. I think he's too fat :) Oh well, at least I don't have to worry about him rolling off of anything yet.

allanjel said...

Maybe you need to consult with a sports doc who runs. You can't be the ONLY runner this has ever happened to. Don't give up hope. I know Dr. Shah is supposed to be pretty good and Dr. Brisken at UH has tended to my running problems and fixed me every time!!

Angela and David Kidd said...

Yeah for Harper! I feel like it was just yesterday you posted about her being born.

Hope your injury heals. Sounds like you are being smart about it and know what you need to do. I have PF and it flares up from time to time. I really need to be more disciplined about doing my stretching exercises.

Trishie said...

this: When I wake up in the morning or get up after sitting for awhile, it's like someone tightened a spring in my arch makes me think its PF... there are quite a few things you can do for it. // yay harper !

justjoshfunk1 said...

It's amazing how quickly babies become self-sufficient. This is where it all begins!

Trishie said...

hope your feet are feeling better, monica :)

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