Getting Back Into It!

I can’t believe that November 23, 2015 was the last time I posted a new blog! How can that be? Time sure does fly when you are having fun!

Christmas was awesome! I literally just finished packing away the last of the Christmas boxes before sitting down to write this blog. It was hard to pack up such an amazing Christmas season. This little family jam packed as much fun as we possibly could into the holidays. Not a moment was wasted!

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I, however, am still not running. The sad part about not running for so long is that I have lost my get up and go along the way as well. Once a routine of running is established, I crave it. I literally start counting down minutes to my next run. Now being this long out of it, my hunger and passion for the sport is not where it was. I have to convince myself to put the work in. I have to convince myself to keep eating right. I have to convince myself to go to the gym. It’s a lot of work to convince me to do anything – I’m very stubborn!

I think that I may have finally caught a break a couple of days ago though! I was still feeling pain and tightness when I would take our puppy out for short walks or when I was going up stairs. My leg was hurting in the cold while I waited at the bus stop for the kiddos. I was at a standstill and still had not received an appointment for the ultrasound or physiotherapy.

My husband and I run our own business and as self employed folks, health insurance for physio is something we don’t have. I have been waiting patiently for my turn through MSI but I suspect that wait will be for a while longer. Hubby and I discussed paying for private physiotherapy to try to get me running sooner, however, I am a penny pincher and this wasn’t settling well with me.

As a last effort before forking out cash, I decided to do some more research and see what folks in the running world had to say about this type of injury. Surely, I’m not the only runner who has suffered from a calf tear that just wouldn’t get better with time. Maybe I could learn some tips and tricks from others that would at least provide some pain relief while I continued to wait.

I take the advice found on the web hesitantly since anyone can put anything out there – doesn’t mean it’ll work or is even safe. However, I came across a website by a medical professional who uses Trigger Point Therapy for getting and staying strong. At first, I was just learning more about how the leg functions and about the working parts involved with different movements. It was interesting enough to keep me reading and I am so thankful I did!

My issues were literally described to a tee! I have had tightness and pain on the top part of my calf as well as tightness and pain in my arch when I did too much. I also was thinking that I had a head cold coming on or a sinus infection because my jaw hurt. I had no idea that the jaw pain could be related to my calf injury! The doc on the website explained that sometimes injury shows itself in other parts of the body and jaw pain can be related to calf problems.

No way? According to this guy, it is! He also mentioned that folks with low B12 can be prone to these types of injuries. Again, don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve always dealt with low B12 issues. At this point, I’m thinking there has got to be some truth to it, right? This guy is hitting the nail on the head over and over.

The website included how-to videos and information on releasing trigger points associated with your injury. Ok, even if this guy is totally wrong, what have I got to loose? I’m guessing I’m not going to seriously hurt myself by massaging my own leg. If it does hurt, I’ll stop.

I started working on releasing my trigger points as he described. The jaw pain / start of a cold was completely gone after one session and I’ve been walking without pain!!! Walking fast and enjoying it! Did I mention without pain?  This is so exciting!

I have continued with the treatment plans from the website by massaging to release the trigger points. I have literally felt the continued improvements every day! I have also been trying to remember to take my B12 supplements and am starting to eat healthy again. Giving up and recovering from the Christmas sugar high is tough! REAL TOUGH!

I do have to take a moment (because I’m a worrier about this type of thing) and be clear that I am not a medical professional and YOU should always check with your doctor before starting or changing any physical activity routine, injury treatment or dietary plans. I know, I’m not good at taking my own advice! I’m stubborn, remember? 😉