Fancy Words for “Take It Easy”

Confession: Remember last post when I said that I wouldn’t worry about charging Mr. Garmin OR bringing him with me to the Hot Chocolate 15k? Ummm yeah. Woops? I couldn’t help it. And talked myself into it by saying that “I need the data” and “I won’t look at it during the race”. Well, those reasons are both pretty much true. And I can truly say that I only looked at the ‘stats’ 3 times during the run.

It was a nice jaunt through the city and I was happy to run the entire thing with my older sister, Brittany. We both agreed that it’s pretty cool that my family is so involved—both in spectating each others’ events and in actually participating. I was so happy that my mom came up for the weekend and did the 5k, too. Rockin’.

I mentioned recently that I’ve been having some lower calf or achilles issues in the past two weeks. I decided last week to make an appointment and see a physical therapist this week just to be sure I am doing everything I can to take care of myself post-marathon (again, that makes me sound like a wuss. meh.)

This is where the pain is. Nice stock photo, right?

Basically, it’s not an achilles issue because it would hurt if I poked the back of my heel. The pain is really apparent when I pinch either side of the back of my ankle. It’s been bothering me for about a week and a half, which isn’t that long to be dealing with something like this but it’s been just sore enough to where I felt like I needed to do something about it.

Last week, I took it SUPER easy. Super easy= yoga, 5 mile run, 90 minute hot yoga, and a 15k on the weekend. Ok, I know. It’s all relative. But coming off of the Chicago Marathon, I hate seeing weekly mileage anywhere below 20. 14 miles? Puhhhh-lease.

So Mr. PT established that I have peroneal tendonopathy. Sounds fancy, right? There really isn’t much I can do to allow it to heal besides rest. He recommended that I limit my runs to 3 miles, do some mild stretching (not too much) and participate in other activities like yoga and spinning class. When he said “limit it to 3 miles”, all I could really think was “uhhh, you’re kidding right?”. Afterall, 3 miles was a warm-up during my training. (Those last three words are important right now, Jenny).

So, first thing I did after my physical therapy appointment? Ordered Chinese and turned on the Bears game. If I’m supposed to rest, I might as well take it to the extreme right?

Proof.

I kid, I kid. But really, gotta keep myself busy somehow!

Have you ever had to deal with a nagging issue? What do you do to keep yourself busy?

-J

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3 thoughts on “Fancy Words for “Take It Easy”

  1. Jessica says:

    Jenny!
    I’m slowly returning from a brief hiatus from blog land – I’m so disappointed I missed reading about your big race in a timely manner, but I’m hoping to catch up on all your runs and posts over the next few days. Enjoy the rest 🙂
    Jess

    • wewanderandponder says:

      Hey Jess- good to hear from you again! It was an amazing experience and can’t wait to work on a half mary PR in the spring. Enjoying the rest, but I’m going crazy with limited mileage. Hope to get on the bike here soon and get moving 🙂

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