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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