Saturday, November 30, 2013

Training Update 11/24-11/30

Happy Saturday!

I was debating whether or not I needed to write a post, as I really do not have that much to say, but for those who are interested, this will be a short read.....well, maybe.....I am not very good at short reads.

After the marathon, I took a full 10 days off. I really enjoyed all the extra time it left me with to enjoy my parents visit. I have come to terms with my race, and talked about my next year of training. I am thinking about doing a few half marathons, and shorter road races in the spring, before taking on another marathon in the fall. Physically, and mentally I am not ready for marathon training yet.

On Wednesday I intended to do 6 miles, and set out on the 17 degree (brrrr), snow covered, icy Big Rapids, Michigan roads. I was unusually nervous, even before I stepped out the door, I had a sinking feeling. Of course, being a stubborn runner, I ignored those feelings and headed towards the industrial park; where the Ferris State team does workouts when conditions are bad. However, it was still very slippery, and by three miles in, I started to feel the pain in my leg. "It's all in your head", I kept telling myself, until around four miles it was no longer a feeling, and a definite pain. Thirty five minutes in, the pain was enough to where I knew I would be doing more damage to keep going. I decided to walk the remaining 1.5 miles back. I was completely deflated, and my mind was in a panic....how can 10 days of NOTHING not even be enough rest to do 5 miles?! My leg was sore for a few hours, but by the end of the day it felt almost back to normal.

After talking to some of my physical therapist/athletic trainer/doctor friends, we had four injuries: the original muscle strain, tendinitis, compartment syndrome (eeeek), or the two words that no runner ever wants to hear; stress fracture.

The next day, I decided to run on a treadmill, slowly, to see if it was just the snow aggravating it. Thirty six minutes later, the battle with my mind was won. I had surpassed yesterdays time, and still felt no pain. PHEW! I decided to call it a day after six miles to be safe (see I can be smart...sometimes). It felt okay the rest of the day.

Yesterday I ran seven on the treadmill, with again, no problems. This morning I will run another seven, hopefully out on the roads.

I think I am able to resume training, just need to heat it up really well before I go, and continue with my rehab exercises and lots of stretching.

Injuries can be very confusing when trying to figure out whether to run through it or not. But thankfully, I am surrounded by lots of wonderful friends who are willing to help me, and have the knowledge to back up their advice.

Hope you all had a WONDERFUL thanksgiving....or Thursday for people in England :) , I sure did; a few days back in Big Rapids with lots of time spent with friends I miss dearly (and apologies to those I did not manage to see).


Just a 12 hour drive between me.....and Philadelphia....I see lots of Christmas music in my future :)

Have you ever had a confusing injury that makes you play guessing games until you get it right?


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16 comments:

  1. Great to hear you've been pain free with all your runs. Take it easy though girl :) I also just noticed you're from England. Do you visit there yearly?

    Have a safe trip back to Philly :)

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    1. Thanks Jessie, I am being slow and careful with it. There is nothing worse than starting back, thinking you are okay, then having to back off again!!!

      Yeah, I am going home in just over 2 weeks actually :) I try to visit for a few weeks at Christmas and the summer.....although I fear this may be my last Christmas visit home for a while....we will see!

      Have you ever been to England?

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  2. Awesome that you're pain free! When i take time off from running it's weird - I don't know what to do with my life! I absolutely HATE treadmill running. Kudos to you! The other day I ran in 10 degree 20 mph winds instead of going on the treadmill!

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  3. So glad you're injury free! I often have what I call 'phantom' injuries...that probably makes no sense to non runners but its the pains that suddenly occur for no reason in the taper week leading up to a big race. I think its just my brain freaking out because once the race starts those little niggles disappear :)

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  4. Glad you are doing OK! My foot/ankle/tendon injury has been one of those weird injuries. It doesn't hurt a lot but it's there and constant. I ran a lot of runs that I probably should not have.

    BTW - Big Rapids! I thought about going to Ferris before deciding on Central. We did a few trips over that way for parties and catching up with friends. Safe travels!

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  5. Pfew! That was scary! I'm so glad you were able to work through that! I have had a few shoulder and wrist injuries from yoga and had to scale back on the intensity.

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  6. I can drop into the PT office and get their professional advice for free. I think it's a perk of living in a small town.
    After my first and only marathon in October I've been struggling with itb issues. I can relate to hobbling back home. I hope you continue to mend.

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  7. I'm glad to hear it wasn't a sf and I can relate to this completely. I think injuries are the absolutely worst when you have no idea what is going on. I tend to personally blow them out of proportion. See you soon!

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  8. I'm so glad you have been able to get a handle on your injury/pain! :) I'm still dealing with post marathon knee pain & its no fun!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I am sorry to hear that :( It is brutal on your body!

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  9. Injuries are ruthless! Been dealing with one for about 9 months now. But I've learned a lot about what my body needs and to really trust the signals it's giving me. I'm so happy you've been able to run. Run an extra mile for me :)

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    1. Thanks Davida. I am sorry to hear you are battling a long term injury. You are so right, this has taught me to trust my gut, you usually know in your heart what to do. Its just a case of whether you are strong enough to listen to it. I definitely shall run a mile for you tomorrow :)

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  10. Your the strongest runner I know! You will be back stronger than ever soon. So glad we got to see each other while you were in town! My goal is to come visit you in 2014! =)

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    1. You are such a sweetheart, Jackie! Thank you so much!!! I am so glad we did meet, I missed you a lot! That sounds AMAZING! Please come visit :) Anytime you are welcome!

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  11. I was so happy to read that you're able to resume running!! I never run when it's slippery/icy! I stay tense the whole run. Winter running in Ohio. Ugh! The mental part of injuries or even possible injuries is so much harder than the physical part.

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    1. Thank you, Jill! That is exactly what the ice and snow does! Especially if you have any kind of injury worry, it makes you tighten up even more! Yes, those winters in Michigan were brutal, and I have heard parts of Ohio are worse!!!

      Thanks for your support :)

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