Want to know what sucks?
having crappy, painful runs because my achilles is still being a little bitch.
I finished my prednisone last Friday and started running again this week.
I did 6 miles on Saturday, 3 on Tuesday, and 6 yesterday.
They all pretty much sucked.
So I called Dr. Rich’s office and got myself an appointment.
I was hoping for a miracle injection or some other sort of miracle cure.
Instead, I got an ultrasound and physical therapy.
The ultrasound revealed nothing to crazy. No tears and no evidence of a rupture.
but it did reveal new blood supply… according to Dr. Rich, the achilles tendon is not supposed to have a blood supply. Which means my body IS trying to heal itself.
after my ultrasound, Dr. Rich sent me over to the physical therapy office to see Kirk Jorgenson.
I met Allison, an aide at the office, and she did ultrasound therapy first, to warm up my achilles and get it ready for ASTYM therapy. We chatted about running, favorite races, and how much it sucks to be injured, and how I was terrified of ASTYM. (I’d heard a lot of stories of how BAD it hurts). After I got all heated up, Kirk came in and got to work.
let me tell you…
ASTYM HURTS SO GOOD.
He used a few different plastic tools, one looked like a shower squeegee (but harder) and one that look a fat shoe horn. and I’m pretty sure he had some sort of skinny tool, like a big pencil (at least, that’s what it felt like). He also used his hands to dig really deep into my achilles and my soleus and my gastroc.
I must have made a sound that sounded like I was in pain, and he asked if I was ok, and I told him he could use his elbow to dig out the inflammation if he wanted… it did hurt, but felt SO good at the same time. After I was done, my achilles felt SO much better. All loosey-goosey and almost normal.
What is ASTYM??
according to the pamphlet Kirk gave me… ASTYM therapy addresses problems such as scarring, fibrosis and degeneration that occur in soft tissues. These problems develop as the result of trauma, surgery or overuse (i.e. running/training for 3 marathons in a year ). ASTYM uses instruments along the surface of the skin to locate these problem areas and start the body’s healing process.
I have 5 more sessions scheduled.
Hoping that the ASTYM will get rid of the inflammation so I can have a pain free marathon.
Kirk also wants me doing various calf/foot stretches.
lucky for you, I took pictures.
Arch Towel Stretch
(Kirk gave me some stretchy therapy band thingee to use)
Calf Towel Stretch
(leg straight, foot flat on the floor)
(knees bent, feet flat)
Supposed to do 5 reps of each stretch for 20 seconds, 3 to 4 times a day.
other instructions include:
-keep working out!
(but stop when it hurts, at all… so that means little to no running right now, and lots of spin and ellipticizing. Hopefully as therapy progresses, my pain will decrease and I can run more.)
-avoid icing and anti-inflammatory meds if possible
-& drink lots of fluids
Dr. Rich told me to not expect much from this marathon.
He says I’ll be able to run it (which, duh, I know I can run it, regardless if I hurt, I’m RUNNING this marathon), but that it may NOT be a great race and NOT a PR. Which bums me out a bit. I’ve been looking forward to this race for a long time and really want that DAMN sub 4:00 marathon. He did say something like… ‘well, you never know… resting and taking it easy like you have may give you an advantage and the ASTYM will make you hurt less, so you MIGHT have a great race.’
so, at this point, I’m just hoping for a pain free race and gonna hope for the best for a good time, but not gonna be disappointed with my time, regardless of what happens.
So after 2 hours at Utah Valley Sports Medicine and 2 co-pays later… I have a little bit more faith and feeling hopeful that my achilles will stop being a bitch and get better! 😉
In other news…
My Dad finished his first 5k last Saturday!
There were a few guys from his work that were running it too. I designated myself the race photographer and got a few good pics. 🙂
Steve (also my Mom’s cousin) running in to the finish.
Pretty amazing since he had knee surgery a year ago and started running during his therapy.
He ran the 5k in 27:18! Took 1st place in his age group (he’s 58!)
Kris ran in at 29:12.
there’s my Mom and Dad!! My mom ran backwards from the finish line to run my Dad in.
Go Dad GO!
Dad doing the airplane to the finish line 🙂
Crossing the finish line in 44:48!!! WAHOO!
He would’ve taken 1st place in his age group but he signed up in the Clydesdale division.
He would’ve been the ONLY one in his age division… but hey, first place is first place. 😉