June 30, 2009

Post Tibial Barometer

I think we all know my Post Tibial Tendon is my Achilles. It's been a problem.

It's still a problem.

They are both giving me problems again. The interesting part is... both. Usually it's just my left tendon.

And so I've been giving this whole running thing a lot of thought again. I called a girlfriend of mine who is a PT, to get the name of a good Podiatrist. I have to get a handle on this issue.

The conversation went like this:

Me: I need the name of the best podiatrist you know. I need someone to figure out what I need to be doing... no nursing me through a race... figure out wtf is going on.


Me: Maybe... maybe I'm just looking for finality. Maybe I'm looking for someone to just say, "Bou... you're not a runner."

PT: *big damn pause* Bou... You're not a runner.


PT: You have the heart of a runner, you have the intensity of a runner, but you're not a runner. We have to find you something else.

And she's right. I know she is and I'm proactively trying to figure out how to fix this post tibial mess for THIS race and for my January race, probably having cut out the two races in between, and to find something for my after life.

My Post Running Life.

I picked up brochures on Yoga and Pilates from my gym.

I'm dyin'.

I know... so many of my readers love it... so many of them, but... I just don't think Pilates and Yoga are going to make me feel crappy enough.

Does that make sense?

I don't think I'm going to leave Pilates or Yoga and feel like I want to collapse or vomit and that's been pretty much my barometer of a good work out for the last... 7 years.

I know. It's sick.

I said to my coach, who has his doctorates in PT and who does NOT think this post tibial thing is a show stopper, that maybe it's my shoes. He said to me, "How many miles have you logged on those shoes?"

I had counted. I'd logged over 350 miles on the shoes I was wearing... and he said that was 50 miles too much and Runner's World said it was 2 months too long (something like if you run 25+ miles a week swap out your shoes every 3 months... I was on month 5).

And so I decided that maybe my post tibial tendons act as sort of a barometer for my body on when I'm not getting enough support, so I bought new shoes on Friday and I'm... feeling great.

I am pain free for the first time in three weeks.

The depression is gone. I'm Jonesin' to run again, not dreading it. I've added more walking back into it as my body is breaking down and I know it.

I know it.

And I have the fliers on Pilates and Yoga... and I think they just need to jack it up to guarantee a good vomit afterwards.

Pilates and Yoga for completely driven Type A Mental Cases.

That would be me.

And as insane as I am about how hard I want to work out, I do know my limits. I see this Cross Fit stuff and have NO DESIRE to try it.


I see nothing but torn rotator cuffs and serious frickin' injuries. I see broken bodies.

Pilates and Yoga... I'll get there. I know it's better for me.

It's just going to take time...

Posted by Boudicca at June 30, 2009 09:41 PM

Pilates are really good if you deep fry them and then use a little ketchup.

Posted by: Angus of Dunedin at June 30, 2009 10:14 PM

Pilates - trust me on this - yoga is way too quiet for you. I'm not saying yoga isn't tough but it's not the place you are looking for mentally.

If you can make it through the initial bits in pilates where you really learn the basics of breathing and body alignment - that will be the hardest part for you since you want to go full out immediately - when you get to the upper levels of intermediate and advanced it will be just that hard if you have a good instructor. In my class, everytime I think she's pushed us as hard as possible - I'm wrong... really really wrong. LOL.

(BTW - can I tell you that my instructor used to be an NCAA gymnast, she will work us til we drop and she used to work her self until she was sick - LOL)

Posted by: Teresa at June 30, 2009 11:16 PM

I am currently in a yoga class I hate...it is a power yoga, there is yelling, and weird push ups...all sorts of weird boot camp stuff going on, it is not yoga....

I will say i am sure you have more to choose from in the physical fitness world than I do...

there is boot camp, which does make people barf, different drills daily, There is a spin class, that is insane here too, everyone leaves bent over and soaked...not for me...

I will say this about pilates, it is as hard as you make it, and it works fast.

Look into boot camp/spin....

Posted by: AWTM at June 30, 2009 11:18 PM

The first thing I thought was "she needs to go to AW's Power Yoga!!"

never mind....she got here first.....

Just please....take care of yourself.....

Posted by: Tammi at June 30, 2009 11:29 PM

I can't do a boot camp thing or anything where people scream at me. I don't need people to motivate me... I'm very very driven from inside. If I have people scream at me, I'm going to get pissed off, jump in their face and tell them to F*** OFF, exactly like that, pulling no punches.

That's what pissed me off about skiing. I was trying to relax and I have this ski instructor trying to push me. I don't need anyone pushing me... leading? OK. Guiding? OK. Suggesting? Sure.

Pushing? They can step the hell off.

So it is a fine line as to what I do. I do prefer solitary sports... running, cycling, swimming. I don't mind doing them WITH people, a partner, but for the most part, things like aerobics are annoying.

I need a younger body...

Posted by: Bou at July 1, 2009 10:07 AM

Inline skating will help keep you sane. Easy on the joints.

Posted by: PeggyU at July 1, 2009 11:42 AM

Get good skates.

Posted by: PeggyU at July 1, 2009 11:44 AM

Ah - what it really comes down to is that you want to run... period. I can tell you now (even though Pilates is not about the instructor yelling, but proper cuing of each exercise) you won't like Yoga or Pilates or anything else because none of them are a replacement for running. They are different.

From what you've said in your comment above, you will go into them with a comparison going through your mind - how could you not. Especially if you are reluctantly changing over from something you really like to do. And since they are not the same, you'll be completely irritated and hate them.

Only do these if you are able to separate them and take them as they are for what they are meant to accomplish. With pilates it strengthens every part of your body and teaches tremendous control - it is not at all mindless. You can't go into it with the expectation that you can just "go" and blank out all thought. You do have to blank out everything to concentrate on the exact exercise in order to do it right. Like I said - different.

Posted by: Teresa at July 1, 2009 02:49 PM

Come on back to Colorado, or Wyoming, or northern New Mexico. There is mountain biking, skiing (downhill and cross-country), snow shoe races, 54 separate peaks all above 14K ft. altitude and double that number between 13K and 14K...all wanting to be climbed....some technical, some not so much....all tough enough to test your legs, and balance, and cardio-pulmonary fitness, and....

If that's not pain enough, come crawl through the prairie grass and shrub and cactus to get close enough to draw a bead on a antelope or deer....still some two to three hundred yards away.

- while the wind is blowing
- while the thermal turn site lines into ghosts
- while the sweat drips into your eyes
- while your breath is ragged in your throat and your arms are shaking from the crawling...


Posted by: Sven in Colorado at July 1, 2009 04:13 PM

Teresa- Nah, not really. What I've said is I don't do the yelling. I don't think they do that in Pilates and Yoga. And I've done other sports... switching from running won't be a big deal if I find the place I get what I need. Keep in mind, I took Karate. It's one thing for someone to instruct me... it is another to have some frickin' pseudo DI yell at me. No thanks. I don't do screaming "PUSH! HARDER! YOU WIMP! HARDER!" They can frickin' step off.

This new boot camp stuff is not for me... at all.

Like I said, I can take guidance, leading, encouraging. No screaming.

If I'm going to take something from an instructor, I want someone who I can trust to know I'm doing it all the right way and to tell me when I'm not. I'm telling you now, there are some orthopedic surgeons out there that are thinking of big houses, pools, and mercedes, every time someone says they're doing boot camp or cross fit. Every time.

I don't need running... what I need is the endorphin rush I get from running. I got it from Karate as well and I can with swimming if I push hard enough. I'm an endorphin junky. If Yoga or Pilates can give that to me... it's going to be an easy switch. If they can't... it's going to be a struggle.

But... I also know what I'm doing now is going to cripple me over time. So something has to be found. I may end up just being a gym rat, reverting back to the elliptical and weights. It still combats the osteoporosis I am prone to.

Sven- Don't think for a minute that I didn't take note of EVERY outdoor sport y'all have out there! I want to try snow shoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, mountain biking!!! Mountain climbing... eh... not so much. I'm very in tune with my mortality.

Cold, hot, rain, snow... I'd be game.

Posted by: Bou at July 1, 2009 04:45 PM

Bou - One word. Swimming. It burns as many calories as running. Aerobically it's just as good and there is no wear and tear on the joints. Just don't swim in the canals where you live.

Posted by: Denny at July 1, 2009 08:49 PM

Denny- Believe it or not, I'm fitting that into my routine soon. Unfortunately, last time I swam I got achilles tendonitis. I think the work around to that is breast stroke... stay away from free style or at least do it in moderation. I was doing a mile a day... 1/2 of it on kickboard for leg strength. I was trying to get a bit more toned before I put that frickin' suit back on...

Posted by: Bou at July 1, 2009 08:55 PM

Before you throw out anything labeled "boot camp" try to get a feeling for what is being offered. It seems the description has been taken up by just about everyone in the business of promoting their type of exercise.

Our pilates studio offers a boot camp... I don't take the classes because I like the ones I'm in, but I've been in the studio when the woman who teaches the class holds it. There is no yelling - I'm not sure this woman knows how to yell - LOL. It's a very fast paced advanced work out that is geared for more aerobic movement and light weights (5 to 10 lbs). Others taking these boot camp classes say it kicks their ass - even though they are advanced pilates students - one of them even runs marathons on a regular basis.

Posted by: Teresa at July 2, 2009 11:07 AM