Lucy is a teacher. And like most teachers, is quite often snowed under. It's stressful. And so the way she deals with the stress of the job is to run.
She told me running was the one thing that helped her to relax and unwind. Nothing else worked the way running did. It had become her therapy. She loved it!
And so when she started suffering with pain in her left achilles 5 years ago she started to worry a little. Before long the pain was also felt in the left achilles too.
As a result she had spent the last 5 years searching out anything that would help with her issues and as a consequence had spent a 'fortune'. In some instances the pain of the treatment that she tried was worse than the issue itself.
In the end there was always a low level persistent ache and tightness that was there whenever she ran and as a result she was running less frequently than she would have liked and for less time.
Now if you're like Lucy and use exercise as a way to release then you'll understand just how she was feeling. Imagine having your therapy taken away from you. It's not just difficult but heartbreaking.
So when I worked with her back in March this year it was amazing to see the changes in just 2 sessions. In fact her response speaks for itself:
"Hi Sarah, I thought I'd let you know I've just run my first 10.2miler pain free!!! It wasn't fast but it felt so good to have no pain. Thank you soooooooo much. You have no idea how good this is for my head. Half marathon in 2 weekends, here we come"
"You're worth your weight in gold, Sarah. You have no idea what a difference you make to people. Spent nearly £500 pounds 2 years ago with a physio with NO improvement whatsoever. It had a massive affect on my mental health and my purse! I'm on a bit of a high and am singing your praises to all and sundry."
And that half marathon she was talking about?
"I did it!!!!! Not only that but pain free!!!! Whoop, whoop, whoop!!!!! I didn't really know how I'd feel, so didn't set myself a time target. I ran it very comfortably (no grimacing!) and grinned like a fool throughout. I really enjoyed it!"
9 months later and she has been in for a reassessment. She has no pain or issues but wanted a bit of a check up (think of it like an MOT for your body!) and I'm so pleased to say that she was pretty much the same as when she finished with me 9 months previously.
It's hard when you are in pain. But it's even worse when that pain takes something you love away from you. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Stop chasing pain and you might just find the answers you're looking for.