We all know not to run through pain, right? It's a huge no-no. It leads to injury or exacerbates an existing injury. I know this firsthand. I had a stress fracture in my 3rd metatarsal last year because I ran through foot pain. I had ITBS last year as well, from running through pain. I know better. But on Sunday, I had 18 miles on the agenda. Rather than adjusting my training schedule or cutting back because of pain, I pushed it. I told myself I was being weak and I could push through. And I did.
I completed 18 miles and when I stepped off the treadmill my leg almost crumbled beneath me. Of course, it's my left leg -- it always is. It's my problem child. I think it is longer than my right and it causes me all sorts of issues. Rightie is always fine, never complains, but leftie always has something to say.
I tried to foam roll but it was far too excruciating. So was stretching. So was walking. How did I manage to run 18 miles and then found it nearly impossible to walk? How does that work?
I woke up several times in the night because I had moved my leg and it caused a sharp, shooting pain. Today, I am limping. It hurts to walk, bend, stretch, move. What was I thinking?
It could be something serious but I am crossing my fingers that it isn't. I am icing, resting, elevating and taking anti-inflammatory drugs. I am praying that it dissipates and all goes back to normal. The Chicago Marathon is in 26 days!! This is my peak week. Come on body, pull it together and I promise I will never make you run when you're hurt again. Yes, I've been talking to my body a lot this past weekend. I hope it forgives me and we can move on.
Us runners have a real relationship with our bodies, as do all athletes. We need to work together, mind and body. I am still learning how to respect my body and how to not ask it to do too much. It needs rest and love and I can't bully it into running more than it wants to. I know this but I often ignore it. I think my body and I need couples therapy.
Here's to hoping that my body mends. Until it does, I'll be resting and thinking positive thoughts.