Doc Says…

​I’m medically cleared to keep running. 

Earlier this evening, I decided to get a professional opinion on my calf pain. I’m scheduled to be back at it tomorrow, and I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t risking long term problems by continuing to push. I suspected shin splints or something similarly painful but not serious. 

As luck would have it, I was assigned a (smokin’ hot) NP who also runs. She was truly excited for me and what I’m doing. She said it’s not where shin splints typically cause pain, but it still could be. She thinks it’s just a strain. The treatment is the same either way.  She says to keep going, just lay off the speed stuff for a while – keep it slow and steady.  Manage the pain as I have been, and do calf raises and toe raises to strengthen the front of my legs to balance the backs. 

So, it looks like I won’t make a 30:00 finish time, and probably not even a 40:00 for this race. But I can keep going, and I will get there in time. I just have to have patience. Which I don’t. 

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3 Responses to Doc Says…

  1. nancykrainz says:

    I feel much better about your situation now that you got a professional opinion.
    I too am headed in that direction. I have been plagued with what I believe is IT Band Syndrome but it hasn’t backed off since I essentially quit running several weeks ago, in fact, the pain has increased, making even walking painful at times. So, I finally started scoping out local specialists and will be calling my family doctor tomorrow to see her first and get an order for an MRI to see what it shows before actually seeing a specialist. So, little brother, if you ever plan to beat me in a race, now is your chance. 😂😂😂

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