The past two months were filled with year end school activities, a family trip to Vancouver Island, spending our days wondering when the next thunderstorm would hit, and catching some rays when the days brightened. I also managed to run the Millarville Half Marathon, the Stampede Half Marathon, and the 5 Peaks Glenbow run.
Those first two halfs, and my training in between, I was on FIRE. My times were coming down, I felt strong, and fast. I recall thinking that it was too good to be true. Maybe those words/thoughts shouldn't be uttered, because about 3 weeks ago, I went down fast.
I ran a 16K run in Victoria, hoping for 25 but my legs were so tired. I checked Strava and saw that my kilometers were close to 500 on the shoe. Holy cripes! And I did a foolish thing. Maybe. I left those shoes there, and came home and the NEXT day, ran the Stampede Half Marathon. That race was great despite the early start and time change. I love the course around the Reservoir, the race shirt never disappoints, and this year I had the pleasure of my brother and SIL also running the course.
Dudes, then things crumbled. That following week, I texted my hubby at 9K and asked for a pick up. 9K. I don't think I've ever done that. I trudged through and made it to 17. From then on, I would near 4K and my knee would feel like it was being cut. I've never experienced a running injury like it, and I've had a few. I tore my achilles before Boston and was in an air cast, and I'm no stranger to IT injuries. But knee. Never the knee. And here I was, 4K and I could not run.
A friend referred me to a great physio close to home, who told me it was Runners Knee as well as Quadricep Tendonitis. I have been receiving acupuncture and some torturous ultrasound as well as wearing Kinesiology tape 24/7. I saw Chiro last week who told me that my knee is showing the symptoms, but she thinks it is due to tight hip flexors and that my SI was locked.
I am doing EVERYTHING I can to try and beat this.
Yoga - almost daily now since my brother sent me some Yin Yoga tapes.
Icing twice daily
Rolling as allowed
And running as far as I can before pain.
I made it 10K on the treadmill this past weekend and had to stop to put my kids to bed. Coming down the stairs was NOT good. I made it 1K more and decided I needed to be smart and stop.
I was doing SO well maintaining a half marathon base after Vancouver, and this is honestly killing me. I run not for fitness, but because it gives me time just for me. To get my mind cleared as I pound the pavement. To process and deal with things I need time to think through. Space to take in the air and beauty around me. I just do not get that same release in a 25 minute run.
I'm sad dudes and am close to having to make some hard decisions about an upcoming 5Peaks race this coming weekend, but more so, my Fall marathon. I should be running kilometers around the 25K mark and I can't manage 11 comfortably. My physio said that physiologically a half is the same as a full. But to me I know it's not for my body. I don't know what to do. My heart knows where it is leaning though, I'm just holding back.
Last night my hubby and I were out for our anniversary date and at one point he gently said "do you know you've been talking about endurance sports for over an hour". Cripes. I need an outlet. Maybe laying it all out here will help. And I'm starting swim lessons Tuesday and getting better acquainted with my bike.
But wow do I miss my running shoes.
Have you ever had an injury that's taken you out for awhile? How did you cope physically and emotionally?