One of the things that bugged me about being in Jamaica was how unconditioned I was to the heat. I started sweating like a pig as soon as I walked outside, and I was exhausted by early afternoon from just sitting around in the shade. I was in the pool one night with one of the bride’s friends, and he had actually run with my dad in the Boy’s Town race a few weeks ago. We got to talking about running and he was surprised to find out that I had been a runner, and that I had pretty much given up since I hurt my Achilles tendon two years ago. He kind of looked at me strange and told me that maybe I should go have it checked out by a doctor before I completely give up on it.
I called my doctor the week I got back. Based off his diagnosis (Achilles tendonitis), I had my first physical therapy session last night.
First off, the good news: I didn’t rupture my tendon. I have about a 10 degree difference in mobility between my left and right feet, which is probably the main culprit of the pain once I started to up my mileage too fast, way back when.
The bad news is there isn’t much to do until I try running again. Basically, I have to push myself to pain so they can get a better idea of what is going on. I have some simple Dr. Scholl’s inserts which are supposed to help. If I notice they help, then that makes me a good candidate for orthotics. Serious icing and stretching will help also.
For an activity that I loved so much, I did not treat my body well in order to keep doing it. I didn’t stretch much, I didn’t crosstrain at all, and I would always push myself too hard, especially towards the end when I thought I’d try a marathon. As I am transitioning out of my youth and into middle-age, it is time to realize that I can’t do this to myself anymore.
I will buy new shoes tonight. I’ll probably go for my first run on Sunday, after I’ve broken in my inserts and done my stretches for a few days.
Wish me luck.
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