Today’s Run: 0 miles <– sad! 😦
Well, I’ve made the difficult decision to voluntarily sideline myself from running temporarily. After a particularly hilly 6 mile run, I may have pushed myself just a lil bit too far. I can’t self-diagnose myself, but my symptoms closely resemble a stress reaction or stress fracture.
(sounds of DOOM!)
Thankfully the pain is mild, and I would like to keep it that way. I can walk and jump relatively pain-free (soo I should be able to jump for 26.2 miles??)-just not run comfortably. The biggest indicator of injury, though, is a sharp pain I can feel when I push on a specific point on my left tibia. Something is not right. And so, for now, instead of aggravating the injury further I’m going to take this seriously and R.I.C.E.
I’m going to see a sports therapist, but from what I gather 6 weeks is about how long it takes to heal a bone (if this is indeed a stress fracture or the like). 6 weeks of no running. Which also means starting over with a very low baseline of miles. Having run almost every single week for a year and a half, this sounds completely not fun. This also interferes with my fall race schedule. Kauai Half Marathon + Portland Marathon=OUT.
Initially I felt very sorry for myself. But truthfully, I’ve already almost finished one week of rest..time flies! And it could be a lot worse. My condition feels relatively mild and I ceased my activity immediately to avoid further complications.
Looking toward the future…
Hawaii=Plane tickets bought; I’m still going on vacation! No 1/2 Marathon to run? More pina coladas!
Nike Women’s Marathon= It’s “only” the half and I will crawl to the end for that necklace
The North Face EC 1/2=If all goes well, I could be ready and strong again by this time.
Delay my full marathon until early 2014; more time to train and be stronger than I would by Oct 6 in Portland=better finish time??
My boyfriend, who is a mixed martial artist and has had to deal with his fair share of injuries, passed on some advice to me: when you can’t exercise your body, exercise your mind. Now is the time to catch up on all of those books I’ve been neglecting, blog posts I’ve wanted to write (Re-watch episodes of Pretty Little Liars for clues…eep did I just admit that?) I can and will also cross-train and strength train, with caution.
Athletes get injured. I can learn from this and make improvements in how I train. So, for awhile this blog may be more like BayCrossTraining Jamie, or BayHealing Jamie, but injury is a very real concern of a runner’s life. Writing may just help keep me sane too 🙂