While I have suffered from niggles here and there throughout the 5 years I’ve been a runner, this latest injury is the first one that’s truly sidelined me and thrown me for a loop.
I was officially sidelined by my physio on November 2, but the last time I actually ran was on October 18 for the Rock n Roll STL half marathon (hmmm, I should probably recap that race at some point….). I ran again on November 14 (4.5km at a very easy pace) and felt no pain during my run. YAY!
But – I did have pain on Sunday and through until Wednesday. While the pain was certainly not of the acute, stabby kind, it was a dull ache that would come and go throughout the day.
I spent most of the day on Wednesday before physio terrified I would hear the words stress fracture, boot and not allowed to run. While my (super wonderful and awesome) physiotherapist did make a this feels icky face when feeling my leg, it was just aggravated from my run on Wednesday because my right butt doesn’t work properly. <– technical term.
While I’ve been doing clam shells and single leg squats to activate and strengthen my hips and glutes for 16 days, I’m still having issues getting my right glute to activate while running so that means I’m falling onto my left leg, which is making it super cranky after I run.
So what the heck does this all mean?
It means I’ll be doing more (and different) exercises to really wake up my right glute and get it to cooperate.
Running will be limited to 1-2 times per week and will be done on the treadmill or track so I’m running on a softer surface. Anyone up for a treadmill date?! sigh
I’ll be taking today off from running and will hopefully test my leg out for another short run on Saturday. Then I will ice ice baby and hit up spin as much as possible.
I can also hop on the elliptical (ew) since it’s not weight-bearing.
What about Dopey?
If I hadn’t sacrificed my first-born child in order to run the Dopey Challenge in Disney, I’d be taking a few more weeks off from running and not be too worried. But, I did and I’m (stupidly?) determined to run the race and get all the medals.
I’m pretty confident in my ability to make it through the first three races. I’ve faked a half marathon before, and I certainly won’t be racing it, so I should be able to make it through pretty unscathed.
As we all know, marathons are a different beast. I was pumped about my training plan and naively thought I’d be able to get right back into running with no problems. Ha.
My biggest concern at this point is getting swept. I’m stubborn enough to finish and, really, nothing can be worse than Minneapolis. I’m hoping I’ll be able to start in a relatively close corral, so that will buy me extra time while I run/walk/shuffle/stand in line for pictures and I’ll be able to finish before the sweeper bus comes along.
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How have you managed a return from injury?
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