Last night I woke up at 3 in the morning convinced I would never run properly again. Can someone explain to me why everything seems 100 times worse in the dark? This morning after two large cups of coffee, some kid-filled laughter, and a great chat with a runner friend; all is back to normal….kinda. I am no longer hitting the panic button. I have better perspective now and am reminding myself that this is all part of the journey. This was never going to be an easy road to 2016, I knew that; this is just a bump in that road. I can use it as an opportunity to get stronger, face some fears, and correct some issues, or I can choose to let it frustrate and drag me down.
Where did this all begin? 9 days ago I was running an easy paced four miler when my back and right hip started to feel achey. I was almost finished the miles so I pressed on then the moment I stopped I felt a ton of pain and could barely walk. My entire hip/lower back area was in agony. Two off days later I saw my doctor who suspects a gluteal strain. X-rays came back clear and since x-rays can sometimes not show everything, I am scheduled for a bone scan on Monday to rule out any fracture. I am hesitant to even have the bone scan except the pressing back pain concerns me more than anything so I’d rather have solid answers than wonder how long I will be out. I am now walking fine and have been able to run a small distance pain-free but there is a ton of “wonkiness” that is definitely not right. Something is not firing correctly and my hip and back are randomly sore like they are irritated.
Where did I go wrong? What caused this? Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve been spot on with nutrition, recovery, and sleep. I did have a much higher number of days on the treadmill (due to kids home for snow days) than usual. I also had some slight IT band irritation in the left leg, so I suspect my right leg was over compensating. The combination of those two things may have been enough to cause an issue. I have been a very lucky runner in that I’ve only had one major injury in the last four years (when I tore my calf two years ago) so I do think I know my body well enough to run smart. This time though, there really was almost no warning. I’m not sure what I could have done differently.
Before this injury popped up I had high hopes for a half marathon this upcoming weekend. I believe I was (am?) fitter than ever so to let that go is incredibly frustrating. I’ve been venting away to three great friends (you know who you are) and probably emailed Coach Mark Hadley more than I should have; asking him questions only a psychic could answer. He is so patient! Nothing beats the feeling of running but I am fortunate I can cross train. I spent 90 minutes in the pool today and also have a bike I can use as long as my hip is not aggravated. So I’ll keep on doing what I can, with what I can, while I can, until fully healed.
Luckily the timing of a great weekend with family could not have been any better. Just when I needed some extra love to keep me laughing and my mind off of things my Mom and two sisters visited. It was fantastic. Brownies, Wine, Frozen Yogurt, Indoor Olympics, Beach time, and lots of laughs.
Then Monday I got to hang out with Hollie (FueledbyLolz!) before she left Virginia for a few more weeks. Basically no running gives me a 100% return on a better social life.
I hope that you are all training much better than I am right now. I’ll be sure to update everyone after I get the results back next week. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I’ll be back on the roads soon. Take care everyone!