- I have not run since the beginning of April.
- I did a lot of stupid things to get to that point.
I could not post while injured. Call it an “ignorance is bliss” approach. I am [still] walking around with a wee bit of a broken heart. 14 weeks of beautifully planned marathon-training-gone-right came to a cold hard stop at the beginning of April. And yes, that’s just how it goes. That’s how racing goes. That’s what happens to athletes. But it certainly doesn’t take away the sting of watching your best-laid-plans go awry.
Just getting to that starting line. My time goals have all but gone-out-the-window, and that’s okay. If I can get healthy enough to get to the starting line, you bet I’m going to be there.
What started out as mild hip pain quickly progressed to classic greater trochanteric bursitis, which is fancy speak for inflammation of the fluid-filled sac, or bursa, that lubricates the hip joint. My already too-tight IT band was constantly snapping over my inflamed trochanter, making for a sharp, painful sensation when flexing/abducting the hip too abruptly. Lots of hobbling to work, sleeping flat on my back, etc.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR STUPIDITY:
- Wearing my minimalist racing flats entirely too much >> I haven’t run this mileage in ages, and I’m not getting any younger over here. I should have opted for a shoe with arch support for overpronation.
- Walking 4-7 miles per day for work >> This couldn’t be helped. For the past two months, I have been part of a consult services that sees patients at a number of Oakland Hospitals, and I was easily logging an additional 4-7 miles of walking (in some pointy toed flats or whatever) on top of whatever run I had done that morning.
- Lack of treadmill >> I’ve mentioned this before, but since January, I have logged three treadmill workouts. Three. Gyms aren’t typically open early enough for me to get there before I have to get to the hospital in the morning, and I just haven’t had the motivation to lay down money for a personal treadmill. As I’ve mentioned before, this body isn’t getting any younger, and I should probably plan on doing at least a couple runs a week on the treadmill.
- Lower body strength: Yeah yeah I lift and cross train. But I could have been doing more calf/hip flexor/butt work. Until you have an injury, it’s awfully hard to get motivated for this extra work.
Some things I didn’t royally ruin:
- Rotating shoes: Just not enough, and not the right shoes
- Respecting the rest day.
- I went to the doctor. He gave me an ICD 10 Diagnosis Code of, essentially, butt sprain. Giggles. Doctors are the worst patients.
So that’s where we’re at. I wallowed a lot, ate too much chocolate, drank too much beer, watched the yokozuna play guitar, and stalked a NASA van. So it wasn’t all bad. I’ve been swimming and strength training in the meantime, but have likely lost some fitness along the way. Fingers crossed I’ll be at that starting line come May 7th, giving y’all a big hug.
Linkin’ up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC and the Pittsburgh Running bloggers (thanks runsteffrun!) for a weekly training recap!