I was at the gym yesterday for spin and ran into some acquaintances who said, “Good to see you back. Guess that means you’re 100%?”
After explaining it all to them I figured that I should fill you all in too.
This particular injury started in early July… of 2012! So, yes, it has been 14 months. At first I saw a physical therapist for 2 months straight. I was misdiagnosed with an SI joint injury and ordered not to do any type of working out that involved my leg at all. However, I quit that PT when after thousands of dollars and numerous months I realized she was not doing anything new and I was not getting any better.
I took it easy, came back slowly, and pushed my way through the Country Music Marathon at about 70%.
Then I discovered my new doctor in early April. He is a chiropractor, a sports med guy, the meanest (make your eyes water) deep tissue massage dude, and he specializes in crazy endurance athletes. He correctly diagnosed me with severe left glute activation issues. For once I felt hopeful because everything he said fit my condition perfectly and he could explain all my pain and why it was occurring.
5 months later I am still seeing him once a week. I am not 100%, but I’d give myself an 80 or 90%, depending on the day, which is an improvement. He warned me that this takes a long time to get over and that I must stick with it. However, he and I are also working very hard to keep my injury in check and manageable so I can do what I love – run and marathon train.
While I pray that I return to 100% soon, 14 months is a long time to not feel great, I am so grateful I found a way to manage my pain and a doctor who understand my goals so that I can continue running.