September 19, 2008

The Ankle Is Attached to the Tibial Tendon

The appointment could have gone better. It could have been worse, but it could have been better.

I have Tibial Tendonitis. I didn't even know there was a Tibial Tendon.

If you look it up, none of it sounds so good, so just skip it and let me tell you, that it could be a long road, but I will recover from this.

One way or another.

It was the normal dance... with a slight variation. I'm on Celebrex now instead of Advil, but we did ultrasound and I will be icing and elevating at night.

I go back Monday. He was pretty... concerned. When I told him that I'm going to complete this marathon, one way or another, he understood, perhaps it was resignation, but was also... concerned.

Its not my shoes. He said he doesn't know how I got it, although my Mom and I were talking and she came up with my training surface. I train in the road which is not flat, but at a very slight slope... which day in and day out may not be so bad, but now I've upped my training to over 25 hours a week and increased my speed and a combination of all of it... was more than I could take.

Add to that the flat footed plantar fascia problems I have and I think I couldn't win.

So I'm changing where I train to something flatter (think sidewalks and fitness trails) and trying to heal this. This injury is going to be my Marathon Achilles. I'm going to have to nurse it all the way through, I feel certain.

Once you realize what the suck is, it is easier to embrace.

I'm embracing the suck.

With his permission, I will do some very light walking with the Orlando Team in Training tomorrow. The minute it starts to ache in the least, I am to stop.

All running is forbidden.

I think the quote was, "This is NOT something you can run through. The minute you feel ANYTHING, you STOP."

And I'm taking it seriously enough because... there is always a concern of rupture, and there is that threat of cortisone lingering on Monday and the fact I have a marathon looming, is enough for me to say yes to cortisone if I have to... as much as I don't want to.

So thank you for all the thoughts. People have completed marathons with far worse injuries. I consider this a stumbling block... but no journey is ever smooth.

If our lives journeys were always smooth, we'd never learn anything, would we?

Off to pack for Orlando. Its my 50 minute talk that I have down to 20 minutes and a basket of chocolate to hand out. I figured if I can keep them spooled up on sugar for just 15 minutes, it'll be cake.

Besides, chocolate is the balm for a woman's soul.

And if its not... I brought mints.


*Side note- As of 12 January... I'll become a swimmer. Good Grief. TGOO has been preaching this... "SWIM!! SWIM!" and I got the religion. 12 Jan... I swim.

Posted by Boudicca at September 19, 2008 02:33 PM | TrackBack

Why 12 January? Is that right after the marathon or something?

Posted by: Toluca Nole at September 19, 2008 03:10 PM

Yup. The day after. I think, other than a Triathlon, my ultimate goal, I'm done with running. My body just can't take it and it seriously frickin' pisses me off. I feel like its letting me down.

Posted by: Bou at September 19, 2008 03:51 PM

A pain in your Tibial
Is not Trivial.

(Speedy recovery!)

Posted by: Elisson at September 19, 2008 04:56 PM

Ever since I stress fractured so badly at FSU, I've hated running. My knees hurt when I think about it. And swimming didn't help my knees either.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at September 19, 2008 05:52 PM

If there is anyone out there who feels your pain, it is I. Truly deeply, and sincerely.

Right now I am able to walk, but it still feels like my foot is attached to my leg only via skin and bone, muscle not playing a the foot version of internal decapitation.

However, unlike you, I was not planning to run a great distance for a good cause, so in that regard...I have sympathy pain for you, but I think with enough rest and recovery (and good spirits), you'll pull through and perform at the top of your game.

Hatzlacha u'vracha (success & blessings).

Posted by: Erica at September 19, 2008 06:26 PM

I'd offer to carry you, but I'm not sure my body is in good enough shape... please be careful, you want to be able to walk around at your boys weddings.

Posted by: vw bug at September 19, 2008 07:08 PM

Get well soon. I've broken a bunch of bones, not all at once. Had some knee problems from football and taken a shot of corty as a kid. THAT WAS THE BEST DAMNED FEELING thing in the world once the shot was over with. I don't want to sound gross, but they first drew fluid from my swollen knee whci was about the size of a softball(3 syringes worth), and the came the Czone... Oh baby... taped it up, stay off of it for a day or two(the told me two weeks no football), that baby felt like new. No more pain. I wish you luck and speedy recovery.

Posted by: RedNeck at September 19, 2008 09:00 PM

Sorry for doublin' up, but my birthday is 1/12. Now, for sure sometime during that day, I'll be wonderin' if your in the pool with the fools... ;)

You do know how to swim don't you?

Posted by: RedNeck at September 19, 2008 09:03 PM

I'm so sorry, Bou. I wanted your Dr's news to be the same as mine.

Looking forward to seeing you at OMG-it's-early tomorrow morning.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at September 19, 2008 09:34 PM

I will be praying for you Tibial!

And what Redneck said about Cortizone shots, not only do I love them but my ankles and toes love them too.

I am having sympathy pains for you too, my plantar facitis is being a pain in the feet right now.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 20, 2008 11:38 AM

Your story makes me glad I gave up running after Basic Training...hope you heal soon...and quickly.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at September 20, 2008 06:53 PM

Just crawling around...

Posted by: vw bug at September 20, 2008 07:00 PM

Back again to crawl thru...Mama Bou, you're probably not drinkin' at all because you're being healthy and all that....s'okay. I'll drink for you!!

Posted by: Mrs. Who at September 20, 2008 07:45 PM

See, takin' care of the feet is ipottnat! I tld you that.

Posted by: Contagion at September 20, 2008 07:54 PM

I know you're pushing to get through this, but please don't let it be at the expense of not being able to walk easily the rest of your life!!! You're too young for that.

As for swimming... I could only do it if I cut my hair very short. heh.

Posted by: Teresa at September 21, 2008 12:01 PM

That which is worthwhile is difficult

Make sure and listen to the doctors, I was young and dumb once (not so long ago actually) and I can tell you torn muscles and/or tendons is really not a good thing.

Posted by: Web at September 21, 2008 12:55 PM

Bou: I don't know what to say, except I hope you recover quickly!!!!! As hard as it is to slow down and ease off, please do it ... there is always next year! You are an inspiration to the rest of us! :)

Posted by: PeggyU at September 21, 2008 01:42 PM

Oh boo - I hope you heal up soon! And swimming really is a great sport...

Posted by: Richmond at September 21, 2008 05:32 PM

Get well soon! I know you will.

Posted by: oddybobo at September 21, 2008 07:15 PM

Ouch, oh dammit Bou! Hope you get well quickly! Listen to the doc, take it slow, and don't risk any permanent injuries!

Posted by: Mary at September 21, 2008 08:18 PM

Bou - Be aware that concrete is a less yielding surface than asphalt. Dirt paths good. Concrete sidewalks bad. Swimming is the best exercise. It burns calories and is easy on the joints.

Posted by: Dennyd at September 21, 2008 08:53 PM are in for a long, hard road, Bou...... and you know those of us who are truly there to support you......... we have your back, ma'am.... and we will have it for as long as you struggle... and for as long as we are pulling for you......

...... we will be here for you....

Posted by: Eric at September 21, 2008 08:59 PM

Bou - be careful and do what the Dr. tells you, exactly. No messing around with this one. Good luck - I'll keep you in my best and brightest thoughts.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at September 22, 2008 11:00 AM