Doctor’s Orders

Monday night I went back to ART, just every other Monday for the last few weeks.  It had been 2 very long weeks since I was told not to run, and this week I was cautiously optimistic that I might be told running is ok.  Even just a tiny bit.

Each week when I walk in he asks me how I am doing… but always responds with “miserable because you’re not running right?”  I always agree because I have been following doctor’s orders exactly.

He worked on my leg as I grimaced in pain like every other Monday, and finally it seemed that he had found the culprit of what has been causing my so much grief.  A big fat tight painful knot right near my knee.  Sometimes with ART, it takes a number of sessions to work through the problems and find the source of it all.  I hope that was it!  

At the end of every week I am given my homework on what I can and cannot do.  First it was no running, then it was walking with some running thrown in… this week I finally heard the best words ever.

“This week you can give running a try.”

I was told to heat and stretch my leg really good before I go and to ice it when I return.  I also always have to be told a distance since that’s the way my mind works.  I suggested 2 miles and he agreed that was a good place to start.  He also told me not to go too far from home because if it hurts I need to stop right then and there. 

I left the office with a big huge smile. 

Tuesday morning I woke up, got my running clothes on and drank coffee and watched the news while I heated my leg. 


I stretched and rolled and turned on my Garmin.  I put on my running shoes and off I went into the perfect spring morning.

I wish I could tell you that this was the best feeling run of my life.  That I felt fast and free and light.  That my legs were praising me for all this time off.  The truth is, I have lost a lot of fitness over the last 6 weeks and I am out of shape! 

I didn’t care though.  

It didn’t matter how slow I was running or how out of shape I felt because I was running.

I did a number of short loops around my neighborhood just in case, and as I approached 2 miles I got a little nervous.  It was usually around 2 miles that the pain would show up, but this day it didn’t.  I ran two pain free miles!

I emailed my doctor later and told him about my run and asked what I should do next.  The reply back made my day.

“Run girl!”

Of course I need to continue to follow all the same rules and keep it short, but I am really hoping that that run was the first of many pain free runs to come.  I am still cautious and definitely very nervous that the pain will come back, but I am hopeful that my patience and following doctor’s orders exactly will pay off very soon. 

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36 Responses to Doctor’s Orders

  1. The Laminator May 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Yay! Great news! Congrats on making it through recovery and welcome back to RUNNING :)

  2. Michelle May 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm #


    I have to say – I was just up in your neck of the woods (we were in Sonoma for my brother’s wedding) and I can definitely see WHY you want to run EVERY.SINGLE. DAY. (and how horrible the past 6 weeks have been!) I am so in love with Northern California…I cannot wait to go back.

  3. Alyssa May 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    WAHOOOOOO! Run, girl!!

  4. mamabird May 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Great news Aron! So glad for you. :)

  5. Abby @ Change of Pace May 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    That is such great news, Aron! Hopefully the next two are pain-free as well. I’m sure your fitness will come back super fast.

  6. Yo Momma Runs May 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    Great news that you are feeling well enough to run. The speed will come back, but for now, hope you enjoy taking it easy on the legs.

  7. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy May 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    That’s awesome news! Yay for you!!

  8. Laura May 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Yay! Congrats!!!

  9. Jill May 17, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Congrats and thanks for the updates. I especially enjoy your posts because I am recovering from it band issues and also went the ART route. Happy recovery and running!

  10. Carlos May 17, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    That is SOO AWESOME…welcome back!

  11. Marlene May 17, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyy! Here’s hoping that’s it and the pain stays away. Enjoy the running!!!!

  12. Ali May 17, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    RUN GIRL!!! So happy for you, Aron! Keep it up!

  13. Sandy May 17, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Great news! So happy for you and I hope things continue to improve!!

  14. Chris @ Evolving Through Running May 17, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    Awesome. Gotta love it when you do exactly what you’re told, and it works. Hope this is the first of many, many pain-free runs.

  15. Fancy Nancy May 17, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Great news!!! So glad you are pain free!!!

  16. Carolina John May 17, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    The ART docs know what they are talking about. Stick with it. Fitness returns and muscle memory is a really cool thing. Just stay the course.

  17. Lynette May 17, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Yay for you! So happy that, as hard as it was to “stay with the plan”, that you did! Hugs!

  18. erin May 17, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    congrats on the return to pain-free running!

  19. Fair Weather Runner May 17, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    yay! knots are so evil, they are often the end culprit to any of my running injuries (aside from fractured feet:). glad he found that knot! enjoy the running!

  20. Dominique @ FreeToBeAthlete May 17, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    That’s such great news. I applaud your ability to follow doctor’s orders. I am bad about pushing myself. Looking forward to hearing about future gains!

  21. Laura May 17, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    That is awesome! I remember when I was in PT. For MONTHS I could not run. When they finally told me I could, I went home and it was freezing and raining and I didn’t care. I ran straight to my Brooks:-)

  22. Christine May 17, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    YEAH!!! Soo happy for you :)

  23. Madison @ Pilates Makes You Happy May 17, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    You are so strong!! It’s amazing how devastating an injury can be, not just to the body (of course) but the mind. I admire you taking your recovery seriously! So glad you are out on the trails again!

  24. Nelly May 17, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Great news! Like I said before, I bet your knee was just overloaded from the 50 miler, and you likely will be feeling fine in about 2-3 weeks I bet now. As someone who has been injured for a while, just try to follow the doctors orders as well as possible. It is easy to get sidetracked and try to do too much – and I’ve learned that doing this can only postpone recovery from injury.

  25. Jamie in Arkansas May 17, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    That is the BEST news EVER!!! So thrilled for you! I remember the feeling well. My first run back from injury was to the mailbox and back. About 100 yards!!

  26. katie May 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm #


  27. adam h May 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    That’s great news…just in time for the Spring and Summer running season…

  28. Audrey May 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Great news! Once I had to take 2 months off of running and it was miserable – I know the feeling. You’ll bounce back in no time!

  29. Kristy May 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Yay Aron, that’s great news!!!

  30. Morgan May 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Hooray!!! Don’t worry about it feeling hard at first, you’ll feel right back at home in those legs soon enough. For now, just enjoy every step of the return!

  31. Carrie May 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Congrats – that’s great!!

  32. Ricole Runs May 18, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Best news EVER!!!! So happy for you!! Here’s to some more pain free runs!!

  33. Page May 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Welcome back, my friend. Welcome back.

  34. XLMIC May 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    I am so so SO happy for you :) Best thing I’ve heard all day!

  35. Maxine Kagan May 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    I share a similar story. I’ve been a runner my whole life, but after a bad leg injury, I couldn’t run for a while. I was happy when I was able to go back to running, but I can no longer run the same. To still get an effective workout I stumbled upon this workout bar while browsing through my friend’s fitness blog and decided to purchase it to make up for my inability to get my full workout through running. It has been very useful and easy to use and would recommend it to anyone recovering from any kind of injury.

  36. Carol Dani Toro May 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    I just started reading your blog and love it! Your posts make me hopeful. Today, I was told I wouldn’t be able to run for at least 3 weeks, and it felt as if my world fell apart. (I know, I’m being a little dramatic; but, I have Seattle R&R in 4 weeks!)

    So glad you’re feeling better. Any tips on how to speed up recovery? I overextended a ligament in my foot.

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