I’ve had some form of ankle pain pain for about 2 years now. I know I know I should’ve had it checked out when it first started, but I ignore my own needs like that. HA. It really only became an issue when I started running two Summers ago. Before then it was more annoying than anything else.
So I was running and getting ok at it, then the ankle went out for real. Apparently I have pernoeal tendinitis. So my only choice was to basically run until I couldn’t go any further and then limp home. I guess I could go in for some treatment, but I’m nursing and afraid I’ll have to get surgery. I also do feel like being out of commission with an infant and a 3 year old at home. Sensible? I dunno.
Last week I was getting desperate. I want to run. I need to run. Well I need to train if I’m going to make it through my races this summer. So I reached out on Twitter and Amanda from Run to the Finish answered back that I should try KT Tape. I looked it up and was totally skeptical. I mean, yeah right. Little strips of medical tape are supposed to make all the pain subside? Voodoo strips LOL.
The first time I tried them I wrapped for “ankle stability”. I went to the gym and ran for 15 minutes straight. I ran further and longer than I had in years. I think two miles is really my max from the past and I’m getting close to that. Even better, when I stopped I wasn’t in pain. I could have gone further! It didn’t hurt to walk, I just needed to stop to go food shopping LOL.
This means that even if I can’t run my next race full out, I’ll be able to finish it….even if that means walking. I’m ok with that. I mean I did just have a baby 4 months ago and I was on bed-rest for the last few months of the pregnancy. I am slowly regaining my ability to get into shape and I’m thrilled!