Friday, September 28, 2012
Running Along and Then - Ouch, What Was That?!
The first time that it happened while running I was training with Team in Training for my first half-marathon. I was excited, I'd never run the mileage that I was doing and I was eager. I was running one night and something in my back hip didn't feel right. A few days later I participated in a race and I was very sore afterward. Limping sore and I rested a few days. My next run had me in tears and limping again. I just knew it was bad and it was not going to go away on its own.
After a few sessions of physical therapy (yes, I was still hoping it wasn't too serious) I was not getting better. Sitting for too long and even walking around Target would have me in pain. I had to go see the sports medicine doctor and get checked out. He was very kind and he knew right away that I had a stress fracture in my hip. No race this time around, no running for at least 2 more months and more PT.
I cried again, I was so frustrated and I had invested a lot emotionally as well as physically. I did the physical therapy and I did what ever other exercises I was allowed to do to keep up my fitness. Biking, swimming and the elliptical machine were all okay so I temporarily joined the gym.
I watched my teammates get ready for their races and I was jealous. I am not proud to say that I also wanted to trip random runners when I saw them out blissfully going about their routines. I went to Florida as planned, since I already had the airfare but I could not watch the marathon. I was just not there emotionally yet. I was also worried that I would not be able to run again.
Another annoying thing was I had to adjust my eating again. I wasn't logging in the mileage and I was starting to gain back some of the weight I'd lost. I had finally figured out what worked for me as a runner and now I had to go back to the drawing board.
I'm happy to say that the work paid off. I have completed two half-marathons, a few 10ks and several smaller races since then. I've had other injuries to deal with that kept me side-lined at times but I knew just what to do until I could get back to my training plan.
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