Tuesday, September 14, 2010

STOP in the name of ... PAIN?

It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote a post titled Running Red Light.  Well, Sunday was another "Red Light" moment for me. 


I went out for my first 18 miler last Sunday on Coronado Island.  I made it out fairly early while the weather was cool and the clouds still covered the sun.  Everything was perfect, except my body.  Immediately I felt the same tightness that had been bugging me for the past few days, but I didn’t want to call it pain.  I started having that mental talk with myself that goes, “Is this pain or just discomfort?” Then I begin to wonder, “Am I being wimpy or does this actually hurt?” The conclusion I usually draw is that I am just fine. I have come to realize that if I am asking these questions in the first place there is probably something wrong.  Does anyone else have this ridiculous conversation with themselves?

Somehow I managed to finish 17.25 miles at about 8:45/mi- 8:50/mi pace. Once I finished I stretched for awhile and drove home.  I was only in the car 5 minutes before I got home but as soon as I put my foot down I knew something was wrong.  I hobbled into my apartment and have been limping around ever since.


After working in a physical therapy clinic back in Chicago I have seen my fair share of running related injuries.  I am aware that I have a very weak gluteus medius which causes my IT Band issues on the left side.   Your gluteus medius is extremely important for stabilization during running.  So, yeah...I am imbalanced.  I know what you're thinking; MENTALLY?  Well, yes... but let's focus on my leg.

When I started feeling that familiar twinge I began doing my “butt exercises” as I like to call them.  These include side steps, clams, hip abductions, etc.  Unfortunately, I think I began all of this a bit too late.  If only I had been proactive


While I hear the words “overuse injury” all too often and have suffered from a few myself, I can say with confidence that this is not one of those.  I am on the "less-is-more" training plan, have not increased mileage or pace too quickly and I give myself 2 rest days each week. 


I may not have a very sexy swagger right now but I am trying to stay positive.  I continue to limp, stretch, foam roll and limp some more.  I am thinking positive thoughts as I rest this week.  I want to get back to the fun stuff.  Training thus far has been incredibly enjoyable for me and I have loved the long distances.  Running more than 2 hours feels far more fabulous than I expected.  I can’t think of many things I would rather do right now.  I am starting to see why people think runners are crazy… but of course I strongly disagree.

On a good note my sister Rachael, her partner John & my niece Bella were in town this past weekend!
Here are some pictures from our day at the beach...

The way to a 3 year old's heart = Ice-Cream         Me & my sister - She is preggo with #2 :)
...Me & Ang, of course!
Bella called this "mermaiding". 
I love that kids can get away with being topless :)

18 comments:

  1. Hope the additional rest and exercises get you back on track! Oh, and yes, I definitely have that same conversation with myself, trying to figure out if what I feel is imaginary or real.

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  2. I did a run on Coronado (a 7 miler) a couple of weeks ago - it was great!. I've been to Coronado many times, but had never run there. Other than your injuries, I bet it was nice :)

    Cute pictures!

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  3. Hope it heals soon! Its like step #1 of an injury is merely accepting that you are injured. Step #2 is swallowing your pride and seeking help. Both are VERY hard to do. I am currently in the middle of these two steps with some ridiculous nagging foot "thing." Why can't our bodies be indestructable?!?!? haha!

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  4. Oh sister - your swagger can only BE sexy.

    Sending you healing thoughts.

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  5. Ugh! Injuries are the worst. I definitely have a weak hip that has lead to IT problems and tendonitis of my hip (both landed me in PT). I definitely felt hip pain on my run on Sunday (under the same overcast sky...perfect running weather), but I knew it was a matter of spending time with my foam roller and nothing more serious. I think runner are super in touch with their bodies - we have to be! It's whether or not we listen to them... I do tend to err on the side of caution. I'd rather be out a few days than a few months! The best advice I've heard about nursing a small injury is plenty of sleep and pay extra close attention to nutrition!

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  6. I think your mermaid is a cutie-pie! You and you sis are adorable too, how fun to have them around for the weekend.
    Wow, your post sounds like a BIG slice out of my "running life." Twinges, niggles, worries, foam rolling, icing, rest. Less is more, more is less...yikes. It's all a jumble some days. I see a PT here in Carlsbad who has me doing exercises to keep injuries at bay. Do I ever heal? I don't know but somehow, I keep moving forward.
    I totally relate with you on this issue. We aren't crazy though, we just want to keep doing what we love. I think that we are good problem solvers :) !

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  7. Wow, I am impressed with that distance! Holy moly! You should definitely be proud. Make sure to take care of yourself, though, and don't worry about being wimpy because clearly you're not! We all need to pay attention to our bodies' limitations. :)

    Love your pictures!

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  8. I love the beach pics!

    And I totally have those conversations. I have a lot of conversations with myself about running. Hope you're feeling better!

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