1 month left. I have exactly one month left until the Mo Cowbell marathon. This will be my first marathon I have ever run. I really can’t put into words what this marathon means to me. I have worked so hard all summer to get to this point. I have sacrificed friday nights (no drinking or staying up late!) and I spend more time with my running group than I do with my husband (at least it feels like it!). Everything has gone really well for most of the summer and I felt really strong on my longer runs. But….of course…1 month before the race, injury has reared its ugly head. Thankfully, since I have a strong support system that are mostly made up of runners, I have received plenty of advice and recommendations. I finally had to break down and see a sports medicine doctor a couple of weeks ago. It started with a funny tingling pain on the right side of my hip and my calf. It would feel funny and hurt for the first 30 seconds of running, and then completely go away for the duration of the run. I probably should have stopped when I kept mentioning how it felt funny, but of course I didn’t. I eventually saw the doctor and he told me what I already knew.
“You have weak glutes and need to work on strengthening your core.”
K. Thanks guy. I already knew this, and I know it’s terrible, but I have such a hard time focusing on core exercises. I get antsy and feel like I’m wasting time so I just run. I’ve seen him a few times and done some stretches (although honestly, come on. Not as much as I should have been doing) as well as tens therapy. I took a week off, during which time I drove my roommate (husband!) crazy and moped. It worked though, and the pain in my calf went away! I was able to put weight on it and the tingling, shooting pain was gone. However, I was anxious and nervous it would come back, much like when you get in a car accident and you’re afraid to drive again. My first runs back were ok. I took it slow and nothing hurt. I even got a long run in (only 13 miles) and felt ok for the most part. This past week however, it changed. On Tuesday I felt like my calf felt….somewhat funny. Like it ached. But to be fair, I have obsessively thought about my injury and felt like it would happen again. Now I worry my anxious thoughts have made that fear a reality. I ran too fast Tuesday night during a Burrito Challenge (long story…which I will recap in my next post) and on Wednesday morning I know I ran too fast. At one point we were going 9:15/mile. I should have sucked it up and slowed down, but of course I didn’t. I was thrilled to be running my normal pace. Well, I paid for it afterwards. My heel felt sore and my left leg had some IT band pain. Today, my calf pain is back. I will admit it’s not so bad to the point where I’m limping like last time, but damn it you guys, ITS BACK. It’s just not fair!
Currently I am in a state of self loathing and pity. It’s my own fault that I pushed too much coming back from an injury and now I’m hurt AGAIN. I made myself rest today and I will probably have to put off my 16 miler this weekend. I’m trying hard to not panic. I also know the smartest thing to do right now is to REST and focus on recovery exercises. I have to get over it and start doing core strengthening work to prevent this shit from happening over and over again.
I am going to run those 26.2 miles. And I am going to CRUSH IT.
During the meantime…send some good vibes my way. Over and out, y’all.