Sunday Funday? Not so much. Let me explain…
This will be my longest run until my race (finally) on September 18. That’s right people, we’re less than a month away from the big day. Well, a big day.
I had been experiencing a bit of soreness and discomfort since maybe Monday or Tuesday, and I guess I should have listened to my body better, because this run took it over the top. But first, back to my run…
I did three 4-ish-mile loops rather than an out-and-back style run that I usually prefer because I didn’t want to be too far from my starting point in case I needed to stop for some reason. Being stranded 1 mile away is far better than being stranded 6 miles away. Anyway, like I said, the leg was sore, so I took mini walking breaks every 20 minutes or so.
Because of the pain, I decided that once I got home and stretched that I would do my first ever ice bath…
Okay, we didn’t have that much ice in our freezer, so it was more of a cold water bath, but that works just as well. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be and 15 minutes of killing time by texting and taking pictures and I was out of there.
I was still quite a bit sore, but I was still able to get around just fine. I showered and get dressed and went out with one of my friends from high school who goes to another college about 1.5 hours from here since she is in town until her classes start up again. We had Thai food, talked about what we’ve been up to and gossiped about what people we graduated with were up to and took a little walk around campus since she hadn’t seen it really since she graduated.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t too smart and decided to wear cute flats to go with my dress rather than a sensible pair of shoes to walk in and I ended up getting 4 blisters on my feet. They aren’t painful and seem to be healing fine, although for the first day it looked like my foot was trying to grow another toe out of the sides of my feet.
Anyway, back to the story. The walking didn’t seem to aggravate the hurting leg, my feet were the only thing feeling pain. Fast forward maybe 2 or 3 hours after I got home and I was really hurting in the leg department. Right under my butt cheek? I’m not sure exactly what is there, but I’ve been told I possibly strained my hamstring.
I could barely stand, walk, or even bend over without pain. I’ve been icing, stretching, resting, and doing some light walking around trying to just get me back to functional since I still have to bike into work tomorrow morning. While I think I’ll making a little progress, it really doesn’t seem like much.
I really don’t want this to turn into a full-on injury, so I’m taking a break from running and pretty much anything involving my lower body (other than my work commute). I just feel so fortunate that this is happening still a month out from my race rather than closer to the date. Taking a break doesn’t seem as big of a deal. Since I’m not one to just sit still, I’ve been doing a lot of upper body exercises and a little bit of core work when it seems like my leg can take it (it only really hurts when I’m standing and bearing weight, so floor work seems to be okay).
I started reading Kara Goucher’s book recently and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s amazing! I was wary to get this book at first, but I’m really glad now that I bought it. I’m not even halfway through but I can honestly say that Kara is my new idol. Now that I’m injured and can’t (won’t) run that would normally throw me into a funk. But reading Kara’s section on injury has really helped me.
I am not a runner. I am a person who runs. Running is just one facet of me; it does not define me. I am a daughter, a student, a girlfriend, a friend, a reader, a blogger, a writer, an intern, a Spartan; and that can’t be taken away from me.
Have you ever been injured and unable to run? What did you do?
What’s on your Sunday agenda?