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TSFM Half Marathon Training Begins, and How I Injured Myself: The Truth

Happy Friday runners!

I am just over half way through my first week of training for The San Francisco Marathon! I will be running the First Half of the race this year, and this will be my FIRST race since last July! After injuring myself in October, I took a long hiatus from running. I have to say, after much rest, patience, PT and strength training-IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK!

SFBernalHeights

View from the top of Bernal Heights #seenonmyrun

To prepare for this race, I am using a fairly traditional plan for training: Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Half Marathon training program. I am running 4 times a week, combined with 2-3 classes at Burn Pilates in SF. Burn is a fusion workout studio that combines Pilates, weight training and HIIT drills in one, 55 minute workout. I have to say, my cardio is ON POINT right now, which I will credit to the high intensity training. So, don’t neglect your cross-training!

SFSutroTower

Spring has been lovely to us in SF!

I don’t have any concrete goals for this race just yet, besides STAYING HEALTHY. That means getting plenty of rest, proper nutrition, general maintenance (warming-up, foam rolling, icing, and the works), and listening to my body. The truth is, the real reason I injured myself so badly, is that I pushed through an emerging injury. I had noticed an unusual pain in my right foot while running, and I did rest for a week. When I tried to run again, the pain returned and I rested from running again. However, I took a jiu-jitsu class and during the warmup, I ran barefooted around the room. During that first jog around the mats, I felt a shooting pain through my foot and up my leg. The stubborn marathoner in me took over, and I simply pushed through the pain! It was my first time taking jiu-jitsu, and my pride took over and I didn’t want to remove myself from the class. I regrettably kept training for an hour and a half in pain, and after that one class I could barely walk and needed months of rest!

We endurance athletes are taught to push through all kinds of uncomfortable situations, but there is a great difference between being tough and being stupidly stubborn. Lesson learned! Or, so I hope 😀

-J

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injury

Well, ladies and gentlemen…I am on the injured list. Boooo.

A few weeks ago I started experiencing pain on the outside of my right foot. The pain would subside with rest, and immediately flare up when I returned to activity. One day, I landed very hard on my right foot, causing severe pain, and I’ve been limping ever since.

My boyfriend, Rich, made an appointment for me with the athletic trainer at his fight gym. The AT is a former triathlete who works with professional UFC martial artists, and the Oakland Raiders. So he knows his athletes. He confirmed what I and Web MD suspected: peroneal tendon strain. The peroneal tendons run along the outside of your feet, and can become irritated with overuse (ehem, long distance running).

The treatment I received was quite interesting. He started with my foot, scraping and massaging the muscles and tendons. Then, he did the same on my lower right leg and calf. It was a bit uncomfortable, but it is a great technique to ease soft tissue.

Then things got a little crazy. After my scraping session, he transitioned to cupping. Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice that uses suctions cups to draw in soft tissues to break up scar tissue and knots, and to promote blood flow and healing. The cups are lit on fire to remove air, which creates a suction. He moved the cups up and down the outside of my leg, and it was quite painful (I’m still slightly bruise!). Then, I received acupuncture down the side of my leg and outside of my right foot. Lastly, he made a little adjustment to my foot, as the strained tendons have essentially tweaked the 5th metatarsal in my right foot slightly of place.

Injury

Things improved quite quickly after treatment, but I’m still not 100% yet. This type of injury requires rest, but unfortunately I work on my feet for long hours so my foot hurts again at the end of a shift. I’m mostly fine with walking, as long as I can sit when I need to, but I can’t sit at work. I’m spending the day today completely off my feet, and I may make a follow up appointment depending on how I feel.

Being injured is a bummer. I can’t run, and up until last week, I could barely put any pressure on my foot, so I’ve had very little physical activity. My projected time off is very little, so I really can’t complain. I will have to modify my race plans in the immediate future (no Berkeley Half Marathon), but beyond that should be out and running before I know it (please!). Ahh, the ups and downs of being an athlete!

-J