Caroline French runs for and represents the Accelerate ‘Community’. As part of Team Accelerate, she not only blogs, but also attends events, group runs (well, coffee & cake afterwards) and sessions in the Accelerate store.
Earlier this year (2019) Caroline suffered an injury which forced her to miss an ultra distance event she’d trained avidly for. since then, try as she might, she’s ridden a very bumpy road.
But she has remained focused and determined. Positive beyond all expectation.
Her attention now rests on another ultra event…
When PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) needs a little help…
Me and PMA, we’re like proper buddies. Injuries happen, deal with them, rehab, crack on….
This ankle stress fracture though, grrr. It happened ages ago and only just doing what I’d call training again. I’ll be honest, it has been tough!. A week or so after the ‘incident’ I knew something wasn’t right, but thought I could plough on. WRONG! Even running alternate days and after steady runs, my ankle was sore. It ballooned and even an easy run, I was shattered!
I nervously booked an appointment with Colin (Accelerate Performance Centre’s Podiatrist) and crossed fingers, toes and anything else I could, hoping he could fix it. Turns out that PMA thing wasn’t quite enough.
In the cold light of day, that diagnosis made perfect sense, but being told to rest? Yeah, I know – me! No running. Not much of anything actually. The prospect of this was awful, but got to be done. PMA. PMA. PMA!
So what does a podiatrist do? Most of us dash off to physio with an injury, but don’t think many people get podiatry. It’s basically anything below the knee, especially the foot. If you think about it, the foot is an amazing thing and in the case of us runners, takes a heck of a lot of abuse. No wonder my entire body hurt after trying to run with my stress fractured ankle!
Initial treatment was gentle release and manipulation, gradually increasing mobility. After a couple of weeks of rest (shudder), treatment progressed, releasing the tight muscles and knots and slowly introducing exercises and easy running. Since then its been manipulation, strength exercises, rehab running schedule and a guiding ear as the weeks have progressed. I’m not fully fixed yet – need to continue the sensible progression and listen to my body. The Accelerate Dig Deep 30 has my name on it and I’m taking the guiding advice of Coach Stu and Ankle Hero Colin to get me there.
Side note to Colin: you have been ace. You’ve been a proper rock through this, physically and mentally and a heart-felt thank you!
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