The Injured Runner : 4

Weekly Update

This week has been amazing. It’s also been tough.

Whenever you’re working at something specific, and putting in your heart, soul, and energy on a daily basis, emotion invariably becomes connected. Giving time to a project, even if you are that project, builds up hope.

Hope is wonderful, and powerful, but it also carries with it risk.

This week was great because I realized just how problematic my ankle really is. I have been unable to dorsiflex my foot (bring the toes up) equivalently to the other side since high school. I’ve been working at it diligently. No skip days over the last week. Turns out that I haven’t even been contracting my peroneus brevis (an ankle muscle) because my range was so limited.

When things like this happen and you have to come to grips, yet again, with the concept that there’s a weakness, or injury, or whatever, it sucks.

Really working on anything is a roller-coaster ride. Victory, followed by set-back.

DO… NOT…. BE AFFECTED.

Accept the turn of events for what it is. It is simply more information. Another consideration of focus to pursue improvement.

After this realization I have been working this particular region very well.

Overall result? I continue to feel better. I am not yet ready to go back to running. I may not be able to get back to running for some time, I have to really finish testing everything out for myself, but I will be back hopefully by the end of the year.

I will continue to progress. In the mean time, I’m diligently also working on all other areas of my body to ready myself for the return to run. Strength, flexibility, balance, etc.

Thanks for your time.

Sole Physio

Benjamin Rich PT, DPT

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