Problems SOLVED

I’m going to complain/tell you about my problems for the next few paragraphs so just bear with me.

During the past few weeks I started feeling some pain on the outside of my right ankle. At first I thought it was my achilles, but thanks to a fellow blogger’s suggestion (thanks Jason!!) I realized it was my peroneal tendon, which can become inflamed when you add mileage too quickly or incorporate too much speed work. I started feeling pain a few days after my first speed workout of my training, so I figured that had to be the cause. Well, I cut back on speed work, took it easy and iced my ankle every day and I was still feeling pain during my longer runs.

I researched some more and found that a lot of runners find relief with certain insoles depending on your foot arch. I went to Dick’s and did the arch test, which is actually really disgusting because you stand on a plastic mat barefoot which has probably never been cleaned, but I was desperate and did it anyway. The result = high arch, so I invested $40 in these Sof Sole High Arch insoles.


Best $40 I’ve ever spent. I did 11 miles on Sunday completely pain free and have not felt any discomfort since I started using them. Problem solved.

New problem. Monday morning I was first in line at the doctor’s office at 7:30 a.m. after waking up with blurry vision and feeling like my head was going to explode. She informed me that I had a sinus infection and pink eye in both eyes. Gross, but at least there was an easy solution: antibiotics. Little did I know I was allergic to the antibiotic prescribed and my body completely rejected the medication. I’ll spare you the details but lets just say I lost 5 pounds in about 8 hours.

Tuesday I finally felt like I was slowly coming back to life. Needless to say I have not run in two days. I’m really dehydrated so I’m working on getting back to normal before I attempt to run today.

Thanks for listening. In other news, Dixie really likes warm laundry.

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Anyone else experiencing injuries/illnesses??

Who is racing this weekend?

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15 Responses to Problems SOLVED

  1. Sorry you’re having so many health issues! Glad to hear that you’re getting better and taking your time recovering. That’s awesome that the new insoles worked for you! Have you ever gone to a specialty running store to buy shoes? I always buy my shoes at the local running store and the first time I went in they did a gait analysis and were able to tell me about my arches and stuff. I find it really helpful to go to them! Local running businesses (shoe stores, trainers, PT, etc) are GREAT resources for runners.

    If you’re increasing mileage, don’t be afraid to cut back on speed work (or vice versa). Simply running more miles every week is going to make you faster. I always tell people that the best way I’ve found to improve my half marathon time is to train for a marathon! Much slower miles every week but really improves my fitness 🙂

    • Thanks for the advice!!! It’s hard trying to find a balance between simply adding miles and wanting to run fast. When I do my long runs at 9:00 pace I get so frustrated, but I have to just tell myself that they will make me faster eventually. I need to work on my patience and realize that I have to add the miles before adding the speed.

      I have gone to smaller runner stores to get tested for shoes but that was years ago.. It might be time to revisit them 🙂

      • I know how you feel. I still want to speed through my workouts all the time, and even as I say this, I get frustrated week after week that I can’t run as fast as I used to in the off season because of my mileage load.

        What helps me is to remember that even the fastest runners I know run a LOT of slow miles. They do their long runs slow, run most of their weekday runs slow – and they are clearly not suffering for it! Studies have shown that people who do most of their training at easy paces run better marathons. TRUST YOUR TRAINING, you will get there!!

  2. Suzy says:

    You poor thing! I bet the rest from running will help your feet heal faster too, although it sounds like you spent a lot of time running to the toilet. That super sucks. Pink eye seems to be in season right now. A couple of us have it here too. Dixie is so cuuuuute. xo

    • Maddie @ Dixie Runs says:

      Eventually I gave up and eventually just laid on the floor next to the toilet. The worst. But yes, I did get a few sprints in before that.

  3. Feel better soon! Sinus infections are the worse and I can’t imagine how rough it is to have an allergic reaction on top of that.
    I had a very similar injury with my ankle about five years ago – calf raises and ankle/foot strengthening exercises helped me so much avoid recurring pain in that area.

    • Maddie @ Dixie Runs says:

      I was thinking I should probably work on strengthening my calves to prevent more injuries in that area… I always seem to have issues there. Did you do any stretches that were especially helpful? I do a lot of downward dog and calf stretches but I look ridiculous trying to figure out how to stretch the outside of my ankle 🙂

  4. Kerry says:

    I’m glad to hear your peroneal tendon inflammation was solved with the insoles. I had a lot of problems after I injured my ankle. It took me a long time to build the muscles to support my foot so I didn’t place so much pressure on the tendon. Feel better from that sinus infection!

  5. Oh no! A sinus infection and pink eye at the same time. I’m sorry to hear that, but at least you’re running is back on track. That’s what is most important!

    Just kidding!!

    I really hope that your infections clear up soon. I know sinus infections are horrible and I imagine pink eye is just the worst. I hope nurse Dixie is taking good care of you!

  6. Jason says:

    Hi! I’m glad I was able to point you in the right direction 🙂 I’m also glad you were able to resolve it rather quickly. I think we were both lucky – when I’ve had Achilles issues in the past, they have dragged on for weeks and months – this seemed to get better in just a few days – woo hoo for us! I hope you are feeling better and back out there running!

    And I’m totally with you Dixie – there’s nothing better than warm laundry!!

  7. Salt says:

    Ugh yes to the injury and I’m glad you got it figured out! I had a terrible bout of peroneal tendonitis at the beginning of last year! It’s painful, but with rest it will improve pretty fast. Just take it easy for a bit! I haven’t really had any problems with it since.

    I hope you feel better!

  8. I’m so sorry! I’ve been there before! I found out I had an allergy/intolerance to an antibiotic a few years ago. Then they put the wrong antibiotic in my chart – they wrote that I was allergic to the one that fixed me, so I ended up on the bad one AGAIN! Hope you are back to feeling better!

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