The Verdict Is In
I won't bore you with the sordid details of my anatomical shortcomings, but if you click on the picture above you will be able to see where my current problem originates. The tendons I've highlighted insert under the foot (one behind the little toe, the other behind the big toe) and that is what I am feeling when the pain flares up. It is back to the wobble board for me, as well as more stretching to increase the dorsiflexion in my foot. Also, more glute and hip flexor strengthening is in order. If I follow this regimen, and begin to run using better form with the help of the Chi Running book, this should all clear up in time.
That makes me so happy!
The physio also showed me a fantastic taping technique (and sold me about 4 feet of this space-age tape that feels absolutely awesome, but the name escapes me right now. Something along the lines of medi-tape, or myo-tape, or somesuch) that will hopefully see me through my training and races this year.
As far as the calf goes, I also had some reassurance on that front. The massage therapist was not surprised in the least when I told him of my aborted run home last Friday, or the pain that stuck with me over the weekend and into this week. He said that the aggressive treatments of the two weeks prior were behind the crampitude, and that my depletion of energy stores on that 24k run a couple of Sundays ago was the initial culprit. In short, I am OK to try running the Around the Bay (if I feel up to it), but must stop immediately if I feel the cramp return. If I don't stop I will be risking a significant muscle tear that will sideline me for a long long time. "Keep your eye on the real prize," he said. "The marathon in September is the goal, not this race, and we've got to get you there." I like the way this man thinks!
Tonight? More icing, hot baths, stretching, and application of one brand of goop or another.