I want to start this post by saying, for all those non runners, this streak of injury I am having isn’t necessarily running related. Mostly all of it is either something that I’d have anyway (endometriosis) or from hitting my head(concussion). Don’t think that these things are due to running and let that stop any of you from putting on some running shoes and going for a run.
I haven’t been updating as per usual because getting back to running from my head trauma has been a frustratingly slow “two steps forward, one fall back,” and while I am in the midst of it I certainly don’t want to whine about it online.
I got a few days in of running, then pulled my hamstring. Had a few days of running no more than 3 miles, got a massage, went to PT. Did some more things to help get my body all back online. If you’ve never fallen hard enough before, or gotten injured, one thing that can happen is that the trauma will often screw up some aspect of your movement patterns. Especially if you injure something that connects to your glutes, your prime movers. Falling on my hip, and side of my butt set me up for some movement issues, and my hamstring tried to compensate for the strange pattern.
I’m also slowly getting a diagnosis of endometriosis together, its not a cut and dry thing, but a side effect of it is the loss of a lot of blood, so I am trying to get my iron stores back up. Of course, I also banged my knee really good and its swelled up like a purple Easter egg…see…not good for blog posting. (oh ya, and those days I peed blood for no apparent reason…and don’t get me started on my spring allergies…why, March, why?!)
I did get to run my first long run in a month on Saturday, that felt great–thanks for the company DJ! The one thing all this injury has allowed me to do is read, a ton. So I have gotten a good eating plan together, and was able to execute it really well during a 30 mile long run. I never bonked, felt pretty good the whole way, even though I could tell about 22 miles in my leg muscles were just not quite there with my cardiovascular system. Too much time resting in bed or on the couch, they’ve gotten lazy– I’m sure they will catch back up.
As of today, Wednesday, I have strung together 10 whole days of running, and even a workout yesterday.
It has been hard emotionally, while I totally trust that my Coach Meghan will get me as fit as she can around my injuries, I still get a little anxious when I look at all the big zeros on my training log. However, I feel like if something is important enough, I just can’t throw in the towel, even after all these things that seem to get thrown at me. Apparently just training for 100 miles is too easy, so obstacles to training must be thrown in, yea, that’s more interesting. “Girl trains for 100 miles, while lying in bed. ” I know, I’ll start a bed to 100 mile training plan. The warning will read: Caution don’t ever try this, it sucks.
A week from this Saturday I am scheduled to run Bull Run Run 50. Originally I had a goal to PR and run sub 8 hours, but after not having run the last month or so…I think my new goal is to finish strong, use it as a training run, not run hard enough that recovery takes too long, oh and NOT TO FALL!! :). Its still going to be hard to get out of my racing mentality–fun new challenge.
At least I am learning not to take myself too seriously. I am super happy that its been sunny and warm the past few days–I’m so ready for spring!
Happy spring to you all!