The good news is, I probably didn't do this to myself by running. Also, it's just a soft tissue injury. This is a HUGE relief, because almost all of my friends have suffered from stress fractures, and I have thus far been spared. This means I am constantly knocking on wood, swallowing handfuls of calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium supplements, and taking every opportunity to scream OH MY GAWD THIS IS A STRESS FRACTURE, JUST GO AHEAD AND KILL ME. It probably doesn't help that I once had an internist tell me my aching hip was "probably a stress fracture, because most injuries to female runners are." Thanks, dude.
So, not a stress fracture.
Also, not tendonitis.
I have a muscle strain in my peroneus longus, a/k/a/ another damn calf muscle you probably didn't know you had, yes there are lots of them.
So, how did I do this to myself? Because of timing, and a lot of other things I ignored, probably by hiking in clogs. Yes, that is probably as stupid as it sounds. I own a lot of clogs, and when I am not barefoot or wearing running shoes, that's what I have on. I know they aren't the best, given they absolutely prevent natural foot flexion, and you are liable to roll your ankle. I roll my ankles pretty regularly and without much effect, because I have some joint hypermobility.
|Specifically, these clogs. Specifically, on these trails at Oak Mountain.|
|I don't need a motion control shoe. I just like a bit more between my feet and the trails.|
|Then, we ended up hiking on this. The waterfalls were lovely. I carried my son for about half a mile.|
|And I wore clogs. Of course.|
All this is very interesting, I'm sure.
What I'm saying is, I need to take special care to wear proper shoes, and stretch and ice my calves after every run. Even if my hypermobility issues mean that this is a huge pain that requires squatting and rolling around on the dog-hair-covered floor.
So, how have I been coping over the past few weeks? Swimming. A lot of swimming. I even got a nice preemptive spring haircut to accommodate the chlorine scene. I am lifting a lot of heavy weights. Even following a real five-week lifting program and doing a decent job. Making myself sore. Eating extra calories and trying to put on some muscle before summer racing.
|By the time summer trail races roll around, I will be a MACHINE. Maybe with abs? That would be cool.|
Over and out.
Oh, and P.S. I'm going to experiment with blogging more regularly. No promises. I just completely changed up my work schedule and I think I can make it happen. Get excited!