Patience is a virtue…and a pain in the a**

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Injuries are tricky, aren’t they? Just when you think that everything is healed and that you are back to your normal self, your body has a way of putting you back in your place and making sure you don’t get too far ahead of yourself. At least that’s me and my body.

Last week, I found myself back at my physical therapist’s office. This time for mysterious heel pain that appeared suddenly after my run last Sunday. After I showered, I went outside to play with the boys and I felt this weird sore, tender spot on the back and inside of my left heel.

It didn’t go away the next day and got worse. It hurt like a b*tch whenever I wore shoes and tried to walk. Barefoot was fine. I stretched my calves like crazy, using the foam roller and a golf ball to try to release some trigger points. (I think I mashed up my calves in the process.)

Turns out that I have posterior tibial tendonitis – basically an overuse injury around the muscles and tendons that come down from my leg and wrap around my ankle and heel. I have exercises to do and I’m on orders not to run until I see my therapist again on Tuesday.

The Universe Knows

My new mug I received from The Universe Knows, which I was provided at no-cost.

How do I feel about all of this? F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-E-D.

I feel like a broken record. I’ve experienced one injury after another since December. Nothing seriously, mostly just strained muscles here and there but it’s enough to make me not feel whole or 100%. And all I want more than anything right now is to feel 100%.

Frankly, after my visit to my doctor a few weeks ago and with my future surfing adventures up in the air, it felt like running was the only thing that was going well. Oddly, it was the one activity that had not bothered me over the last couple of months. I’ve been conservative in building my mileage and running only 3 days a week. Maybe I jinxed myself a little?

I’m not going to lie, I’m ready to reclaim my body and kick these aches and pains to the curb.  I’m trying my best to be patient but patience can be a pain in the a** sometimes. I’m trying to remember the lessons I learned from injury last year – do my PT exercises, don’t freak out and think that I’m going to gain a gazillion pounds because I haven’t run in a week, and focus on the journey.

That’s what this is all about, right? The journey and what we can learn from each of these experiences and challenges along the way? To “be like water” and go with the flow?

My foot feels better after resting this past week. Fingers crossed that I can start running again this week.

Does your body talk back to you?

{Disclaimer: I received the mug pictured in this post at no-cost through my affiliation with Fitfluential. I was not compensated for this post or asked to write this post. I just wanted to share the mantra on the mug, which seemed to fit perfectly with what I wanted to write about in this post.}



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  1. says

    Oh no!! So sorry you are injured. It’s SO frustrating when our bodies aren’t cooperating with what we want to do. I’m glad you were smart and sought treatment right away. Hopefully you’re well on your way to running again in no time!
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    • says

      Truth. Far better to stop and see the doctor. I’ve pushed through knee pain when I shouldn’t have and was off running for months last year! So annoying. I started feeling some of that old pain last week and promptly took 4 days straight off running. Better a few days here than a few months later, right?
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      • admin says

        Absolutely better a few days here than a few months later! Sometimes it’s hard to respect that in the moment. I hope that your knee is feeling better!

  2. says

    Oh no….so sorry to hear about this!! My body most certainly talks back to me and I really need to be better about listening. My hips and back are SOOO tight lately and I know if I continue to ignore it it will lead to an injury!
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    • admin says

      Thanks Nancy and I hope that your hips and back are OK and not giving you any trouble. Get some rest and yoga? Of course, I’m always a proponent for yoga :-)

  3. says

    I fully agree…it is a pain in the a$$! You think you are doing everything right and then you get smacked. Not fair! I’m glad it’s feeling better and you are so smart for listening to that pain right away. Fingers and toes crossed it was just a small flare up.
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    • admin says

      Thanks Angela. It is very frustrating when I feel like my body just isn’t cooperating. I hate to chalk it up to aging because, well, I refuse to admit I’m getting older. haha.

  4. says

    OK – I love be like water – but I also love the universe knows – because it does – and that alleviates a lot of pressure form me! That allows me to just “be like water” and know everything will be ok – and I know it will be ok for you too and for that heel. Over use injuries are a bitch. I have many of them. But you are doing the right things. hope you are back on the road soon. xo
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    • admin says

      I have been trying to release myself to the Universe more lately. It’s freaking hard for this Type-A control freak but I’m learning. But I love the idea of being like water because that image is so calming to me.

  5. says

    Rest is the only way! It’s so annoying, though. When I injured my hip in September I didn’t want to rest and it just got worse.
    In a way though I’m kind of glad, since it forced me back to yoga. I feel like my practice has helped me in so many ways, physically and mentally.
    Hope those exercises help the foot. X
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    • admin says

      Thanks Martha. Yoga has definitely been my savior in many ways throughout the last year. But I also know that I need to be kind to myself in my practice too and not just muscle through things, you know? I hope that your hip is getting better!!

    • admin says

      It IS a bugger, isn’t it? Especially when you feel like your body just isn’t cooperating. I’m trying to take it as a sign and trying to figure out what I’m supposed to learn from all of this. But it’s hard!

  6. says

    Argh, so frustrating!! You sound like me last summer… my shin was off and on for months, and it was driving me crazy. It’s so hard to rest enough to let it fully heal. Glad you’re feeling better already, but I hear ya, injuries are the worst!

    • admin says

      It’s SO hard to rest and let things heal. I have the best intentions to do that but then my body just craves some movement. Plus, living in NYC it’s hard NOT to move when you have to walk everywhere. I’m trying my best to be patient and not stress about it. It’s hard though.

  7. says

    Laughing at your disclaimer!

    But not laughing at your injury. So sorry to hear it. I know exactly how frustrating that is. I really hope it is a short, short layoff and that you are back asap. Fingers crossed for you.
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  8. says

    Girl I am right there with you. It’s so frustrating isn’t it? <—rhetorical question clearly since we both know the answer. And it seems like anytime I'm forced into rest b/c of one injury when I start back up it's another one that crops up. I sure hope you can get this one fixed and not find any new ones! I firmly believe that most injuries are due to imbalances. Of course, the problem then becomes figuring them out and correcting them.
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    • admin says

      Oh those damn muscle imbalances! I swear, I feel like I’m on a wild goose chase trying to track down all those imbalances. Makes me wonder how in the world I’m able to stand upright with all these imbalances!! haha.

  9. says

    I was just talking about this with my running partner yesterday how frustrated I’ve been because I know I’ve been racing p a lot but I’ve been injured in my life now with running more than I have ever before. I totally understand it’s my issues with gait and cadence and proper form…and overuse. But I have decided in May and June to take some time off from running as much as I was and really lower the mileage so that I can recover before marathon training starts. I agree that once you hurt something you tend to over use a different muscle and those imbalances after the other injuries recovered can also create problems down the road. I agree we should all work out recovery and after that strengthen those areas that were injured and also recover those areas that worked more.
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    • admin says

      I know that you understand the frustration and pain Kat! Like you, I rationally know what the problem is and what I’m supposed to do. It’s just so hard sometimes to actually do it, you know? Sounds silly but I think that it’s just frustration with one injury after another. Ugh. I hope that we are both on the mend. I’m also planning on working on my gait and running form soon.

    • admin says

      Thanks Sara. In my mind, I know that it’s my body’s way of telling me to rest. I need to be better about listening :-)

  10. says

    Sending you a bubble of healing protection! I know how frustrating injury can be! I’m tapering for Boston right now and I have all kinds of aches and pains popping up. I have done 4 marathons and this happens every time, but this seems worse than previous taper periods, I am hoping that it is because I worked so much harder this time… I hope so, I feel like I’m 90 years old. PS. LOVE your mug! xoxo
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    • admin says

      You HAVE worked so hard and I’m sure that it’s just your body’s way of recouping before the big day. BTW I’m SO excited for you to run Boston!! Can’t wait to cheer you on!

  11. says

    ahhhh boo injuries are such a bummer. I totally feel your pain. I feel like as soon as I am on the up, something happens to bring me back down a few pegs. I hope your PT sessions pay off and you are able to get back at it asap! I’m dealing with a couple aches and pains myself at the moment. nice disclaimer;)

    • admin says

      It does always feel like it’s a vicious cycle, doesn’t it. I hope that your aches and pains have gone away Beka!

  12. says

    I’m so sorry to hear this, Christine. Guess what though??? That’s my diagnosis! (Okay, I shouldn’t be so excited about this, but I like to have things in common with people). My tendonitis is at the other end though…the top of the tibial right under my knees…and you made a really good choice to go to the PT right away, so hopefully yours won’t become chronic like mine…I’m probably at about 10 months with this injury! Changing my running gait has helped a lot…but I think you might have already done that???

    Also, I just got those pink reeboks this weekend! Matchy!
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    • admin says

      haha. I know what you mean about finding out that someone has the same diagnosis. It’s feeling better but there are other issues that are cropping up with my knee. Long story and I’m kind of in denial of it right now. But I think that I am going to take some time to work on my gait later this spring. I actually haven’t done that but know that I should.

  13. says

    OMGosh… I feel the same way. Just when I’m on the up and up, something happens. It’s so frustrating. More so because this never seemed to happen in my 20’s and early 30’s. I was always able to bounce back and regaining that 100% status took little to no time. Not so anymore…and that’s frustrating! I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better and are on the up and up!
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    • admin says

      I think that’s what is killing me the most – the fact that I don’t bounce back as quickly as in my 20s and early 30s. My husband keeps giving me a hard time and teling me it all goes downhill when you turn 35, blah blah blah. I refuse to believe him but I think that it’s true. Ugh! I hope that YOU are doing well.

    • admin says

      That’s exactly it Tamara – it’s SO INCREDIBLY taking on my mind and spirit. I feel like I used up a lot of my patience last year after my surgery and I just don’t know if I have any more in reserve, you know? I’m trying to remember the mantra. I hope that YOU are well.

  14. says

    Yes, it does: presently I’m really regretting falling off my “no sugar” wagon, over the weekend. Alas, I’ll get back on. Sorry to hear about your tendon troubles & general frustrations. Maybe try some yin (off-the-feet, gravity-powered) yoga?
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    • admin says

      Thanks Arah. I actually haven’t tried yin yoga but have wanted to. I’ll have to look into that. The thing about aerial yoga that worries me is the stress/strain that it my put on my knee/leg. Since my knee surgery, it sometimes feels funny when it’s pulled or tugged in certain ways.

  15. says

    Ughhhh I am SO sorry friend, injury or re-injury, no matter what the cause, is SO HARD to handle, especially when it means saying ‘no’ to something you love so much. I know the feeling — and wish I could give you a big hug! BUT, like you said, you learned a LOT from your big injury before, try to remember those lessons and that your body will never forget what you’ve ‘taught’ it over the years, trust that it’ll heal and you’ll be no worse for the wear at the end of the day. I know that’s much easier said than done, but I’m rooting for you my dear. Hang in there!
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    • admin says

      Thanks Jess. I think more than anything, it’s just taxing on my mind and spirit and makes me feel defeated, you know? Trying to do the things that I can and to stay positive. I’m trusting that my body will heal and knows what’s best.

  16. says

    that stinks! rest is the best way to get back to hitting the pavement fastest. i know it sucks but you have to let your body heal and then you can kick some major ass when you do!

    btw, have you thought about acupuncture to accelerate your healing? i swear, acupuncture has healed me from all sorts of things – wicked awful carpal tunnel & tennis elbow being my worst one…after 6 treatments, it was gone and has never returned (after 3 surgeons recommended surgery and put me on meds for like, 2 months). food for thought!
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    • admin says

      You are the second or third person to suggest acupuncture. I’ve had acupuncture in the past for other things but didn’t think of it this time around. I will definitely look into it. It’s worth a shot, right??! Thanks for the suggestion.

    • admin says

      Thanks Kristen. I so appreciate your support! It is so freaking frustrating I can’t even tell you. But I’m trying to do what I can – my PT exercises, ice, rest – and trying to remain patient. Alas, some days are better than others.

    • admin says

      Thanks Jess for your sympathy and support. It does stink!! I’ve been trying to swim again. Thank goodness I love the pool.

  17. says

    Oh girl, I totally feel you. Uggghh. I have no happy things to say really, but I can offer your misery some company. If you need to vent, and be really over dramatic, and act like the world is ending (injuries totally = world ending), I am happy to listen! Sending you healing thoughts. xoxo

    • admin says

      Thank you so much Ari. Really, it means a lot. I’ve very much have wanted to act out and throw a tantrum about all of this and cry out about the injustice of it all. Really I do. Be careful of what you ask for because you may be receiving an email from me sometime soon if this doesn’t get better!!

  18. says

    Christine, I am so sorry :/ I know you were putting in the miles and training for the 10 miler. Patience is seems so easy until you have to use it for something you really want to do. Keep us all updated as to what happens today at the appt :/ And I think working with Jess is a great idea – could be something so minimal that can be fixed in no time!
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    • admin says

      Thank you Michele. It’s been up and down – foot/heel feels better but my knee totally feels off now. I don’t think that it’s from running but when I got off the plane on Friday night it was so sore and just hasn’t felt right since. And it’s not like I knocked it around or anything! Ugh. Beyond frustrated and I’m trying to get in to see my doc soon. Really, I would like to trade-in my body for a newer model!! :-)

  19. says

    UGH!! I am frustrated FOR YOU my friend. I obviously know exactly what you mean, and how frustrating it is and how the mind plays crazy mind game tricks, and how I don’t want to be patient with it, either, but you know that following dr’s orders and doing PT will fix it…but it still doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. I am with you, supporting you virtually my beautiful, fit and super flexible friend;-) LOVING your insta pics so much still every time :)
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    • admin says

      Thank YOU Jo. Truly, it means a lot to have all of your support. I would be a huge basket case otherwise or my poor husband would go nuts :-) I’m trying really hard to be patient and not stress out but really, it’s just been so taxing on my mind and spirit. I’m trying to go with the flow the best I can and hope for the best.

  20. says

    I had pain similar to this for a good part of 2012. I went to 2 physio therapists and an osteopath to deal with that pain, and a horrible, sharp pain at my hip. I was given exercises, which I did religiously, but nothing ever worked and my frustration grew. Physio therapist #2 (and my current physio) does manipulation and is a chiropodist, and he’s helped tremendously. I’ve been relatively free of pain since January, and it’s only creeped back recently, which is fine because I need a tune up anyway. Basically, I feel your pain.

    If you can’t run, at least you can do yoga, which will help your body and mind. Keep at it friend!
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    • admin says

      Thanks Danielle. I very much appreciate your words of support!! Honestly, I’m so sick of all these injuries! But you’re right – at least there is yoga and thank goodness for that. I hope that your hip is feeling better.


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