New addition to Team Dom

Posted: November 25, 2009 in Training

Instead of a traditional weekday 10K run this morning I was up and off to my appointment with Dr. Jim Fernandez at Austin Sports Medicine.  Most distance runners will tell you that there are two kinds of runners.  Those who have suffered an injury and those who have not suffered an injury yet.  Given the complexity of the human anatomy, all of the various small muscles, joints and bones that are placed under stress when we exercise – no matter how many precautions are taken, injuries do occur.

The key is to really stay in tune with your body and make sure that you are paying close attention to warning signs.  There is a very large difference between “pain” and “injury” – recognizing when something just doesn’t feel “right” is something that most runners understand.  The key is to not try to be a hero, train through the injury and making it worse.  Enter Dr. Fernandez.

Dr. Jim Fernandez - Austin Sports Medicine

As this calf injury had lingered on I was beginning to wonder if there was something more serious going on – what would typically not raise many concerns for me as the R.I.C.E. method and a couple of days off has always proven to knock out such small strains and sprains in the past (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) – this one seemed to be hanging on a bit too long.  After my flight to Los Angeles on Monday of this week the pain seemed to move from my calf area to the front right area above my ankle.  With Boston training set to go full bore beginning December 14th – it was time to get this checked out.

Dr. Fernandez was of great help today in not only removing some of my greatest fears, (stress reaction, stress fracture, musculature issues), but he was able to give me great assurance that after a few more days off and anti-inflamatories we would be back out there getting ready to compete in April at Boston and May at Pittsburgh.  Welcome to Team Dom Dr. F!  Another person added to a long list of supporters that are there to help the Run for Dom effort.

The human mind is truly an amazing thing – just getting positive reassurance from Dr. Fernandez as well as some stretching exercises to help alleviate the pain in that area my calf and lower leg already is starting to feel better.  I am going to take this time to spend some down-time with family and friends over the holiday weekend, take advantage of some time off from work and get back after it next week.

Thanks everyone for all of the positive encouragement and well wishes – just a bump in the road in the life of a marathoner.  If it were easy, everyone would do it.

Happy Thanksgiving  everyone!


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