I’m very active in martial arts and contact sports. After I broke my ulna there were complications that led to two surgeries, a bone graft, and a year in and out of a cast. Once the bone had finally bonded, then began the long process of regaining flexibility and mobility in the wrist and forearm. At first I went to physical therapy, where my surgeon sent me, but it became clear in one session that they were unable to deal with someone looking for more than ‘acceptable range of motion’. I began working with Coach K. Within thirty minutes he had begun to identify the problem areas and had me moving better. After only four sessions range-of-motion was greatly improved, and a strategy was in place to continue on my own. I was greatly impressed with his very unique approaches to body mechanics and knowledge of physiology that made such quick improvement without pain or unintended damage. I continue to improve and what I learned from him has allowed me to tackle new problems as they arise using his methods.
While doing an adventure race in Kentucky in 2012 my heel bone pulled away from my foot. Due to the remoteness I had to be helped back to the transition area. During that time my arch had collapsed as well. I went into surgery soon after. I had my arch re-set and a pin put into my outer ankle to control its flexibility. My heel and part of the foot was casted to let the break heal.
Upon removal of the cast it was discovered that my arch had not healed in the proper location. I went two years hobbling and trying to adjust running and walking habits. Even my biking was altered by the extreme pain whenever I would stand for climbs or attacks. I continued to race but my teammates and I could easily see that my performance was not where it had been in the past.
I ended up doing one more seventy-two-hour race in February 2014 before I would go back under the knife to try and fix my foot again. The new surgeon was very optimistic on how he would rest my arch, add a few metal pieces, and have my mechanics back to somewhat normal. A plate was added along my big toe to help keep my arch in a normal position. A new pin was placed through my ankle to keep it from making too much of a drastic move, and a bit of my calf had to be cut to allow some more movement for my foot. I was in a boot and bound to my trusty scooter for two months. After that it was a very slow process to start allowing me to bearing weight back on my foot. I was finally cleared to run. So that afternoon I set out to run my former normal nine-mile route. About four miles into it I got a sharp pain in my foot. I hobbled and crawled back to my car. The next day I went back to the surgeon. It was discovered that I fractured two metatarsals. So it was back in the boot for recovery.
In July 2015 I relocated to downtown Gainesville. It was here that I began working with Coach K. We started building up strength and flexibility in my foot. From there we began to work on my mechanics for running. Each week I was improving my run times and running began to be less painful each time. In March of 2016 I participated in another seventy-two-hour adventure race. This race had some extremely long trekking section along rough terrain. The end result for this year’s race? Hardly any foot pain caused by mechanics and a third-place overall finish.