Monday: Waking up the morning after was not entirely fun. As a matter of fact, just rolling over in bed was a chore. I had the expected muscle soreness in my thighs along with pain in both of my ankles. I was not able to walk without limping, and going down stairs was virtually impossible.
I went to NEPA Fit Club just to keep moving. I contemplated cancelling but Mike was able to decrease his expectations to my ability level (except for the request for me to do rear-foot-elevated split squats.
I did go to work for 1/2 a day but was not very mobile or productive. I was exhausted by 7:00. Despite wearing compression sock for the day, both of my ankles and feet were swollen. My right achilles was super swollen and painful. My appetite remains off and I have been experiencing some stomach discomfort.
Tuesday: My thighs are still sore but by the afternoon I was able to walk down a flight of stairs without holding on to the railing for dear life. Both of my ankles are still pretty swollen. On a positive note, my stomach feels back to normal and I am starving.
Wednesday: Gradually improving with my ability to walk and navigate stairs. My left ankle is less swollen but my right achilles and ankle remain markedly swollen. I treated myself with some dry needling, mobility with compression, and ice with compression. I also put the compression sock back on.
Thursday: I can walk down the stairs without holding on! My resting heart rate remains elevated compared to pre-race levels.
Friday: Back to NEPA Fit Club. They actually let me pick up some weight today.
Saturday and Sunday: My achillles is still swollen and tender to touch, but I have no pain with activity. My left ankle is no longer swollen but I have occasional pain with walking.
Monday: My resting heart rate is back to normal. It only took a week!
Tuesday: I went back to the YMCA and was able to play basketball pain free. Imagine that: I can sprint and jump without pain but jogging in a straight line was excuisitely painful. I guess that's a sign... I either need to run in basketball sneakers, or JUST STOP RUNNING. I guess time will tell.
Stay tuned for what I learned from doing my first (and only?) marathon.....
John Salva, PT
"We help people in pain get back to the things they want without relying on surgery or painkillers, even if past treatments have failed."