So, nigh on a month ago, I ran just a little too hard up Park Street, and that slight twitch in my left ankle, became a ‘No. No I will not walk (let alone run) anymore’. I was thankful it had come near Christmas as I’d actually have some time to rest… but 2 weeks of difficulty walking (and I love to walk), and I was persuaded a visit to the GP was in order… She confirmed it was muscular and rest and gradually building it up was for the best… Two weeks after that, and my 12km peaks have dwindled to 5km if I’m lucky – before the pain reminds me that perhaps I’m starting too soon again.
So time to seek out a professional. A specialist in the running-injury-field. A (deep-breath) physiotherapist.
I must admit I was impressed. Within 10 minutes it had been discovered that irrespective of the regular running and years of yoga, one leg is stronger than the other. This, it has became apparent, is because my right leg is more flexible and thus my left-leg has to do a unique curve-and-twist to keep up… therefore making my ankle exposed to falling at an unusual angle and ultimately weakening it. Oh the vulnerabilities of the body.
Thankfully I’m told that while there are two elements to the problem, they can both be quite comfortably overcome.
Firstly I was educated that while an injury may appear in one area e.g. my ankle, actually the whole body is connected by nerves, and thus its cause may be somewhere else entirely… For me it seems that part of my spine had less give in it (all that hunched over revision I’m told!), however within half an hour and a few twists and loud cracks of the body later, and that seemed to have been de-scrunched!
The second part is slightly harder, because of the lack of give on my left side, John tells me my brain has developed new paths to overcome this – enabling me to run normally etc, however these have become part of the problem because they then expose my ankle to injury, therefore I need to retrain my body and the neural pathways. Apparently this will involve conscious walking and quiet running…. We’ll see how that goes next week!
Until then it’s neural flossing, Pilates rolling onto shoulders and core stability running arms – lets see how this goes!