Am I Dealing with a Running Injury Here?
Remember yesterday when I posted about my sub-1:50 goal? Not even five minutes after it posted, I reached down to rub my left calf. It was feeling sore. But the more I rubbed, the more I suspected something wasn’t right. It was more than just sore.
I ran my thumb from my left ankle up my inner calf. Nothing unusual…until I got about halfway up. Ouch! One spot hurt pretty bad. Like real pain. Deep pain. Not soreness…and the worst part, it was just one spot. Pinpointed pain. When you can pinpoint pain, that’s not good. It’s easy to find, too, since it’s right under a little freckle. Ha!
Anyway, I quickly made a physical therapy appointment. If it goes away before my appointment, great! But, if not, at least I’m scheduled to see someone, who happens to be a runner and likes to work with athletes. Yay!
Yes, I will be going to a different PT this time. I heart Pacific Balance, but it is really far from my house. The PT I will see Tuesday at Pinnacle Sports is within walking distance. There’s a trail that runs behind it that goes directly to-from my house – heck, I may bike there. Of course, if I have a stress fracture, I may not even be allowed to bike. Last time, recumbent bike was the only biking I was allowed to do. And I definitely won’t be allowed to be power walking anywhere.
The funny thing is, I’m not stressing about this. If I’m injured, then I’m injured. Maybe I shouldn’t have run my 8-miler on the treadmill. Maybe I shouldn’t have done 5 on the ‘mill two days later. I KNOW that thing messes with my stride. But with my husband gone for almost two weeks, I didn’t think I had much of a choice. Oh well.
Remember when I hurt myself in 2010? I was freaking out. Freaking. And then, in 2011, when I thought I might be hurt, but luckily I was only on my way to being hurt, and I went to PT and got better? I was freaked a little then, too. This time?
Not freaked. At all.
So what if I can’t run? It’s not the end of the world. Okay, yes. Those other two times were before big races: FULL marathons that I’d been training for forever. This time, I’d like to PR at the River Run Half at the end of October, but maybe it’s not meant to be. Even if I have to stay away from impact sports, I could still pool run. Maybe I’ll train in the pool.
The other things that I think are keeping me from freaking are:
- My diet is under control, so I don’t feel like I have to exercise to eat (thank you Bob Harper).
- I have been practicing recognizing when things are out of my control. So many things have happened in the past two weeks where I’ve needed to practice this. I’m getting good at it. It is helping me live in the moment and be happy.
- I’ve been itching to swim and bike.
Maybe I’ll become a triathlete. Triathletes are pretty freaking awesome. I feel like I won’t get injured as much training for a triathlon. Of course, there’s the whole falling off the bike thing.
So, whether it’s a stress fracture, just shin splints or something else, I’ll be okay. I’m just going to roll with it.
Have you ever been injured? How did you deal?