Monday, September 19, 2011

Damn Tendonitis...

I have not run at all in the past 7 days.  Last week was supposed to be my peak week.  I was supposed to run my last 20 miler.  I was supposed to start tapering this week and getting pumped up for the big day.  Instead I am wallowing in self-pity over my tendonitis.  Don't we all wallow a little bit when injured?  Say yes.

I have tried using the elliptical, but it hurts.  I tried spinning but that is painful too.  I finally resorted to water running on Saturday which feels pretty good.  I feel like Beth at SUAR.  The only difference is that she was surrounded by the Pussy Posse comprised of older ladies and I am water running between lanes of lean, mean triathlete machines.  I feel like a total loser.  I am the 5 year old in a floatie belt while they power through the water like Michael Phelps.  I try to ignore them and just do my thang.  One triathlete lady (with killer arms) asked if I was injured and when I told her about my ailment she shared with me how crabby she gets when she's injured.   That made me feel a lot better for being bitchy lately.

I promise that after this moaning and groaning I will not bitch any more about my tendonitis.  Or I will at least try. 

I registered for Boston out of frustration because I can't currently run.  We'll see if I get in.  I am kind of indifferent about whether or not I make the cut.  But if I do get in, I am hoping to meet a lot of my favorite bloggers in Boston!  Like Miss Zippy, who has also been dealing with injury.  I want to see her kick ass.

I hope everyone has a fabulous week.   Take care of those bodies. Stretch, rest and give those bodies some love!  You don't want to end up like this.


  1. Injuries are the worst, I feel your pain girl! It seems unfair that we put so much dedication into running and our bodies do not always want to cooperate!! Swimming has been working for me... I hope it works for you too. Sending good thoughts your way.

  2. Uugh, sorry to hear the news. I get a bit feisty when dealing with injuries or any type of abnormal pain. BUT DON'T LOSE HOPE!!! Just because you've missed a few days doesn't mean all your training is blown to hell. You've been working hard for month, so don't forget that. You're body was just ready for a taper before your mind was.

    I know that it sucks to try to be optimistic, but I honestly believe that a positive outlook on set backs and obstacles speeds up recovery. Lame I know. Fingers crossed for Boston, and I'll spare you the dets about my tendinitis misery that I've been living for 5 years now.

  3. Well shit. Running in the pool makes you feel like such a dork. I hated it. But it got me through. Just keep your eye on the prize. You just need more pussy in the pool with you. If I was closer, I'd meet up with you in a hearbeat. Clip your ipod to a visor, it helps so much. Then you can drown out everyone and everything.

    Good luck with Boston. I really hope it comes through for you.

  4. Injuries suck. There's no better way to put it.

    If you get into Boston you must run it. Back when I qualified every time I ran, I didn't ever do it. Now, after knee injuries, age, and lack of motivation to run marathons, I wish I had at least once.

  5. Gah! Injuries totally suck. Sorry!

    And... for the record, bitchiness is crucial to the recovery process! The key is to direct the bitchiness to something useful:

  6. Having dealt with tendonitis leading up to my recent race, I know how you feel! I can't count the hours I spent pool running. Not that you asked for advice, but I picked up a cheap ultrasound therapy machine on, and it seemed to help out quite a bit with my posterior tibial tendonitis (and was far more convenient than driving to the PT office for treatment).

    And yes, you are allowed to be bitchy when injured. We all get that way!

  7. My dad made me run in the pool with him when I went to visit him in Austin. I'm 5' tall, so I could only run so far before I felt like I was gonna drown....especially because my dad was making big waves hauling his butt up and down his lane (show off). I feel for ya! Wishing you good juju that will fix you right up!

  8. I'm sorry you're there! Totally sucks. And I completely understand what you're saying about pool running and feeling like a loser when surrounded by others doing hardcore workouts. Again, it sucks!

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you. I SO want to get to meet you in Boston!!

  9. GIRL....I am praying for you and I am hoping so so bad that it disappears and you are able to do Chicago. I know exactly what you are going through and it SUCKS!!! Don't ever feel bad about writing about it, it was a great form of therapy for me:)

  10. you bitchy lately???? no....never! ;) Let's hope that leg gets better soon, for my...errr your sake! You will do great on race day no matter what!

  11. Bummer about tendonitis, that is too bad that spinning or elliptical hurts as well. Water running does seem like the only option at this point to try to maintain fitness. Hopefully your injury is able to heal prior to Chicago, I think cardio wise you will be fine, but hopefully your knee cooperates in time.

  12. So bummed for you :(

    I wish there was something I could do to make it all go away.

  13. awww I hope you feel better. It must suck not to be able to run and wallow away - we all do :D I think you will make it into Boston and I know you will heal up fast. Positive thoughts headed your way :) xox

  14. I know how you feel. It's o.k. to be a little crabby when you can't do what you want to. And honestly, missing out on those endorphins doesn't help either. I'm so hoping that it all works out for you. And I hope you get into Boston. Qualifying on your first marathon was so inspiring. I think you really need it!

  15. I dealt with Tendinitis along with my numerous other foot ailments for about 2 years, totally sucks!! I had to do a lot of ankle strengthening exercises, ultrasound therapy, and changing my shoes to a low heel-drop. No problems since (but it took a long time after I started treatment). FIngers crossed it starts behaving soon!!

  16. Ah. GET BETTER KATE! so sorry you are having to battle this untimely injury!!! Grrrrr!

    I KNOW it will heal and YOU will come out on top. Thinking of you.

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