Injuries are part of the reality of running. We put an extraordinary amount of hurt on ourselves through hard training and it is very hard over time to get it right all of the time and stay healthy. A lot of the runners I know have laundry lists of various injuries, niggles and problems that they have faced over the year. Back when I was a basketball player, I seemed to be constantly battling something- three stress fractures then a debilitating back injury that ultimately forced me to quit playing all together. As a runner, one might assume that I would face similar issues and struggles.
But injuries have not been a big part of my reality over the past 7 years since I ran my first marathon. In the past 5 years, since I started ultrarunning, I have only had one injury that was of real concern and I was back on my feet and running in less than 10 days. I am one of the lucky few.
I am in fact injured right now. I have been diagnosed with retrocalcaneal bursitis, possibly triggered by my epic trail crash two weeks ago that landed me in the ER with stitches in my arm. I may have thrown off my left side and gotten everything out of whack. For the past week, I have been unable to run, unable really even to walk without severe pain and a "hiccup in my giddyup" as someone so cleverly put it.
I have not sat back and done nothing to fix this. I have charged at it with a team of doctors, PT and massage therapists to rid myself of this as quickly and permanently possible. Medicine, ice, rest, taping, massage, ART, graston, stim, ultrasound. If I can't run, I will use that time to heal. Yes it is frustrating, yes I have cried and been a crazy person (sanity was not easy to come by while on the steroids my doctor prescribed). I have been killing myself in workouts in the pool (doing pool running) and dripping with sweat in the garage on my bike trainer. I feel like I am doing everything I can to get better.
I am a bit disappointed that I will likely not be able to run worry free on our wedding day in just 9 days. It is becoming decreasingly likely that I will toe the line in Chicago and go after the low 2:30 I was ready for. And still I feel lucky. This is not old hat for me, this is a new situation for me to be in. I have no idea how long this injury will take to clear up and I am still learning how best to handle it, but I am thankful that I have gone this long without anything quite so serious.
I look forward to when I can run pain free again and really understand how vital running healthy is to my entire life. For now, I will do my little pool running laps with my floaty and dream about the day I am free again to run for miles and miles and miles.
And to catch you up on everything else.... pictures from all of the madness from the past month!
Our new rental in San Anslemo!
Fun training run at Crystal Springs 20 miler.
Getting licensed to wed.
MHBB coffee purveyor tastings
Breakfast deliciousness in Hopland for Brett & LP's wedding!
The beautiful bride getting ready!
Awww we are so cute
My sister helping with the move by entertaining us.
Leaving the way it came in.
Our entire lives in a truck
Run ferry run commute
Golden gate in golden light.
Practicing fancy wedding makeup
Kauai for a marathon, 5 days after moving-ugh!
Kalua pork hash with sweet potatoes.
I could stay here forever
Round two of sweet potatoes!
2nd place x2. Jorge and I after the race (we both were 2nd)
Winner Brett Ely and I receiving our awards
All things consider. Moving, travel debacle, no energy, no taper-
I am really pleased with 2nd place & a 2:49 on a course with 2,000 feet of ascent!
Our new favorite past time- BBQ!
Epic trail crash.
All stitched up. Thanks Healdsburg Hospital!
Sarah's bachelorette party!
Therapeutic shoes for my ankle injury
Nathan's epic trail crash one week after mine.
Getting stitched up in the KP San Rafael ER.
His and Hers suture removal kits!