Not Completely Insane…Yet

As you may or may not remember, I decided to take some time off from running in an attempt to let my IT bands heal after the Disney Half Marathon in January.  For any of you who suffer from ITBS, you know it’s not something you can just “run through”.  In fact, the more you run, the worse it gets.

Run away ITBS, run away!

Run away ITBS, run away!

After researching ITBS to death, the common denominator seemed to keep coming back to an imbalance in the hips and weak quad and gluteal muscles.  Like many runners, I’ve been suffering from a major case of runner’s tunnel vision. Runrunrunrunrunrunrun and more run.  That’s it.  The occasional foray onto my elliptical and IT specific PT exercises occasionally made an appearance on my workout calendar, but that was about it.  And ooh mama, did I pay for it!

PAIN_Logo_final

Around mile 6 of the Donald Half the pain started and just kept on getting worse.  The last three miles saw me either limping or dragging my left leg behind me.  Dressed up as Sleeping Beauty, it probably would have been more appropriate if I had dressed up as this guy.

Aaarrrrgggg!!!

Aaarrgghh!!

I managed to gimp my way across the finish line, and after my post-race 10 minute pity party, decided it was time to take back control of my lower extremities.  I  set a blast-off date of May 1st as my return to the pavement.  This time though, I’m all business.

This is my all business face.

This is my all business face.

Weightlifting, PT exercises, ellipticals, ARC trainers, and stationary bikes have become part of my daily routine.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m 43 days away from hitting the road again and counting every damn millisecond.  If I don’t go jump off a cliff in the meantime, it will be nothing short of a miracle.

cliff

However, I am trying like hell to keep an eye on the prize: 13.1 miles at this year’s Wine and Dine with NO pain (aside from the usual discomfort which is completely acceptable!)  And yes, I’m even going to go so far as to say I’m looking to PR.  Yes, at a DISNEY RACE.  I’m sure right now you’re thinking, “why Black Dog, you MUST be on crack!”  Maybe so.  Who PR’s at a Disney race??  We all have to have something to shoot for, don’t we?  So what if my target seems just a little whacked?  Just trying to keep things interesting!

Say WHAT?!?

You want to WHAT?!?

I have fought the urge to jump on the treadmill every time I walk in the gym.  Or every time I lace up my running shoes.  Or open my eyes.  Or breathe. Or eat ice cream.  I think you get the idea.  But I will stay strong and whack the little bad demon over the head every time he whispers in my ear, “Go ahead.  Just a couple of miles won’t hurt you.”  Maybe not.  What I won’t do, AGAIN, is rush back to my true love (no, the OTHER one), before I’m ready.  As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?  Either that or completely loony tunes…

crazy dog

Enjoy the ride.

How do you cope with injuries?

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6 thoughts on “Not Completely Insane…Yet

  1. Good luck on PR’ing at Wine and Dine! I have PR’d at both races in the Dumbo Double Dare (by a minute in the 10K and about 3 minutes for the half) and the Disneyland Half in 2010. I don’t think it is as impossible as some people claim it is to PR, you just need to be strategic.

    As for coping with injuries..it’s hard–I am now only getting back into it after my Achilles issues. I think knowing that it’s not forever really helps…I think just being kind yourself and allowing yourself to be a bit bummed, but to force yourself to keep moving so you don’t lose all of your fitness is key. No it isn’t running and yes it does suck, but the more you keep your fitness now, the easier running will come back when you are able to start up again.

    Cheers,
    ~Lisa

  2. Reblogged this on Devoted to Run Disney and commented:
    A great blog about being injured….in my case, being sick. I so desperately want to run but hacking my lungs up currently…makes that difficult. It’s time to rest and even give my knees some time to get stronger from all the work they’ve been doing for the last 5 weeks.

  3. Since I started running I first, dealt with shin splints, after two weeks of running and Rock Tape that stopped but my knees have been bothering me now. I know the pain isn’t serious because it usually goes away within 20-30 minutes of stopping the workout. I ice, I elevate and compress after each workout too. However, now I’m dealing with sickness, which for me is just as bad as an injury. Having illness and cold weather induced asthma just sucks and this cold is firmly implanted in my lungs right now. So, I walk. But I miss the running.

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