Ultra Training Week 8: Physio

This week has been another mostly frustrating one in terms of injury, but there has been some light at the end of the tunnel! February has been a total right off since I did the Longman Trail Race on the 2nd, I’ve run about 4 times and that is it. I didn’t even cycle, swim or do anything else as I thought I had torn my calf, and didn’t want to make it any worse.

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Things reached breaking point on Wednesday when my family came to visit for the day for my Mums birthday, we did some touristy things and lots of walking (8 miles) of which I was in pain and limping for every single step. I didn’t want to ruin the day so I just got on with it, but I was in so much pain when I tried to go to bed that evening, my whole body hurt and I ended up crying myself to sleep.

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Thankfully on Thursday I had my physio appointment. I saw Jonathan at Six Physio Moorgate, and he was excellent. After a quick history, he made me do a few exercises which confirmed it wasn’t a tear, then I did some other ones, and within 10-15 minutes of me being in the appointment, we knew exactly what the problem was. Not a tear at all, but a neurological problem with the sciatic nerve which runs from the spinal cord right down the side of both legs. I don’t whether it was the race that caused the problem, whether it was just building up from something else, or whether something like my fall down the stairs a few months back started the issue.

He worked on lots of manipulation techniques and pressure points- some of them were bloody painful, as well as some massage to the area. We also looked at my walking on the treadmill which highlighted my left hip dropping and when I plant my left foot it’s almost twisted inwards, like a corkscrew motion, not good. So I am making a much more concerted effort with my posture when I am walking and sitting.

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He taped the area with KT Tape to de-load some of the pressure, and it was unbelievable, I actually walked the 2 miles home in barely any pain compared to the day before. He designed a program of stretches which I am doing twice a day, and some strengthening moves every other day. I have already noticed a huge difference, and am walking virtually pain free now which is insane when I was hobbling around in pain only a few days before.

On Friday I walked 3 miles, and on Saturday I dug out my bike for the first time in the best part of a year and headed to Victoria Park for a cycle, I did 10 miles, and was super jealous of all the runners I was passing! I don’t massively enjoy cycling, I find it hard, and my hybrid bike is heavy and I feel so slow on it- might steal the other halfs this week instead! I felt good on the ride, I just stopped at the 5 mile point to have a stretch and ensure everything felt ok with the body. I also had a 4 mile walk in the afternoon, there were some minor twinges, but on the whole the calf felt good.

This morning I was going to go swimming, but I wasn’t really up early enough. I had a little 3 mile walk, and felt really good, if I didn’t know there was something wrong I’d think I was totally fine! We also stumbled upon Cookies and Scream a Vegan Gluten Free bakery in Camden, it was amazing, we shared the most delicious Peanut Butter Cookie. I love that they use unrefined ingredients. Have to visit again some time!

I have physio again on Tuesday, and I am hoping will be given the green light for running soon! I am itching to get back out there, but obviously have to take it slow, and listen to my body. Until then I’ll keep on with the exercises and hopefully I am heading in the right direction. I am still hoping to make Manchester Marathon but after missing virtually 4 weeks of training of any sort, it’s going to be a tough ask.

14 Responses to Ultra Training Week 8: Physio

  1. So pleased you had some answers and are on the road to recovery! I think the hardest part is when you don’t know what’s going on and you have no plan. But it sounds like things ate going in a great direction and I hope you can run soon :) Just focus on each week as it comes rather than looking too much ahead and panicking yourself.

    • Yeah exactly, it’s not a nice feeling when you don’t know what is going on, I wish I had gone sooner and then this would have been sorted out much quicker!

  2. So glad that the physio was able to help :-) I know how frustrating it must be, hopefully you can get back to running soon. The cookie place sounds amazing- might be worth a visit to Camden!

    • Fingers crossed, I’m going again tomorrow, so I hope to get the green light for running. The bakery was amazing, they had so many awesome looking things, I can’t wait to try again!

  3. At least you know what it is now, so you can work on healing properly. Glad you are starting to feel better.
    That cookie sounds amazing too :)

  4. This is great news! A diagnosis and a plan for what happens next! I’d never seen a physio until the end of last year and it amazed me when I went into his office and just by the way I positioned myself when asked to do a squat he could tell where my problem was and give me tips on strengthening my weaker side. Fingers crossed for some good news about the running again soon. It’s so frustrating being an injured runner! :-(

    • Yeah he was brilliant, the doctor was useless, but within 10 mins the physio knew exactly what the problem was. Hopefully not too far away from running now.

  5. That physio appointment sounds great, so glad you have a plan for being able to address it, hope you are back running really soon xx

    • It was brilliant, expensive but so so worth it. I ran on the treadmill at the physio today and can now start to ease back into it slowly :)

  6. The physio sounds super helpful, so glad to hear! Hope you’re back to full strength soon :)

  7. Really sorry to hear how much pain you were in during Feb. It must have been such a relief to receive a correct diagnosis and recovery plan. I’m so happy to hear that you’re finally pain-free! Long may it continue! :D

    • Yeah it wasn’t much fun, not being able to walk more than a few metres without being in real pain- joy! Continuing on with my physio exercises and hope it continues to improve day by day.

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