Injury Shminjury. Let’s get going.

Naturally, now that I’ve found a doctor who I need to pay upwards of $200 per visit to…and I’ve had an MRI…my injury has receded rapidly. Once the ass and hip pain subsided in mid-to-late September, it was replaced with chronic adductor pain. That was enough to keep me from running (along with fear of a stress fracture) up until now.

I ran for 20 minutes around a baseball/soccer field on Sunday. I had bad adductor pain all morning and while walking there. But I figured it had been 12 weeks. Even if I did or do have a stress fracture, I’d served my requisite time off. And if it wasn’t — meaning it was a strain or a tear — I probably couldn’t do much more damage by trying. The typical idiot runner logic.

The pain did not get worse during or after the run. And, aside from a lot of leg soreness yesterday (much of which I attribute to a very hard pool run on Friday and heavy duty weight work on Saturday), there was no obvious fallout from that run. In fact, the adductor felt almost good today. I overnighted my MRI images to new Dr. to read today. I go see him for a diagnosis on Thursday morning. I’ll tell him that I ran and see what he says.

I will say that running felt very weird. It’s been 12 weeks. I haven’t taken more than a week off (before this, obviously) since 2006. I was aerobically fit and wanted to run faster. But it was difficult from a muscular standpoint. It was like starting all over again in that regard. I was not ready for that sensation and it was kind of a blow mentally. I won’t be able to just go out and run 10 miles again immediately. I’ll need to build up. I also know that every twinge will make me nervous.

But, hey, at least I ran for 20 minutes (18:34, actually). I haven’t lost sight of that. It makes me happy to know I can get back to it soon. I should add that Jonathan ran with me and had no pain in his foot. I think he’s going to be training hard before I am.

I ran about 90 seconds less than he did because at one point I ran up a hill. I wanted to try running down it to see if the glute pain would return. Walking downhill was excruciating right after my injury occurred, so I thought a run downhill would be the real test. While I was at the top, I met a friendly black cat. It was Hallowe’en. The cat crossed my path, but then came back to say hello. Nice kitty. The run downhill that followed was fine. Thanks, kitty.

I will be switching my Houston registration in January to the half marathon. I don’t want to try to run a marathon on 8-10 weeks training. But that is enough time to get ready for a good half marathon. I’ve got the plane tickets and the room reserved, and we got work through the end of the year that I wasn’t expecting, so we’ll enjoy it and not think about the fact that we’re spending a shit-tonne of money to fly to Texas to run 13.1 miles.

Assuming I am training again without injury soon, the plan is to train properly for a good race at the Napa Marathon in early March. Houston is five weeks before that. It’s not ideal timing, but after the last three months, I’m not looking for “ideal” anymore.

5 Responses

  1. Nice! Congrats on getting back on your feet. That first run back from injury is always sweet, tentative as it always is.

  2. I like this one. I think racing an HM five weeks out is a good plan, although I’d be interested in seeing how quickly the cross-training you’re doing translates into running.

  3. Tentative hooray! So I’ve done the “return to running after 8-16 weeks of swimming + biking only” 3 or 4 times in the last few years and yeah… it’s always super weird. My inner thighs hurt and I get shin splints for the first 2 weeks or so. lots of little stuff that never happens when I’m in my normal routine. anyway sandra probably has a plan for you, but I like to use the william & mary 6 week mileage buildup (search william and mary return to running, it’s at the bottom of the document) with the caveat that for the first 2-3 weeks I take minute-long walk breaks every 5 increasing to 10-15 minutes.

  4. That’s promising. 18:34 is a long time for a first-up run on dry land. I’m curious though — the MRI says it is/was a stress fracture? It’s better, or you’re able to run with it?

    • I ran before the diagnosis. Ha ha. Smart, right?

      Anyway. I still have a stress fracture, so no running for awhile longer. But the pain I’m feeling is from tendon inflammation where the adductor is attached to the sacrum. That pain is what I’m feeling when I run and walk.

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