Hi everyone! If you read my post last Friday, you’ll see that something happened with my butt/hip injury and it’s back again. At first, I thought that maybe it was just a slight flare up and it would go away on its own if I stayed away from running and skiing, so I took the entire last week to rest. But I’m still feeling a ton of pain a week later. It was like the past 4 months of recovery had never happened. And as that realization began to sink in, I started to get pretty upset. How was I going to reach my yearly milage goal when I could barely run 10 miles a week? And worst of all, how could I even think about running a marathon when it hurts to run more than 45 minutes?
I’ve been a mess over the last week, mostly because I wanted to do everything I could to avoid the one thing that I know I have to do: I have to completely reset my goals for the year. I can’t run 500 miles this year or run a marathon without hurting myself. I doubt I could even get to the start of marathon training without getting injured at the rate my body is going. And as soon as I came to terms with that, I felt a giant 26.2 mile weight being lifted off my shoulders. Ever since coming back from this injury in December, I’ve been worried about building my base to get ready for training to begin in July. But what I should really be doing is taking all pressure off of myself. During the last 3.5 years, I’ve made lots of running mistakes. I think the biggest one was running 7 half marathons basically back to back without any true down time or off season to recover, build a base, work on my strength, or reset my body. And now I’m paying that price by being unable to get past this injury. So for now, I’m taking all races and milage goals off my list for 2016 so that I can simply focus on getting stronger and fully healing. Even if I’m fully recovered by July, I don’t think I should be rushing into something as big and serious as marathon training this soon after a long lasting injury.
I’ve decided to take on the following steps to move forward from square one:
- Take a break from running. This is what my PT had me do in November, and I’m going to do it again. I’m going to cycle back through each week of my assigned PT exercises again and bring my focus back to my strength and not on trying to add to my running milage. I also might have to go back to my PT if the pain continues, but since I already have an entire month of plans from him I’ll start with those first.
- Focus on spin and yoga to get in quality workout time. I think in the next few weeks I will only be able to go to the classes that I know my body can handle and that won’t aggravate my injury even more. So I’ll be spending most of my cardio time doing my own bike workouts in the gym and yoga workouts at home so I know what I’m getting myself into.
- Take it slow. When I’m ready to try running again, I need to take it slooooowwww. No more worrying about increasing my milage too soon, or comparing myself to other people and their return back after injury. I need to listen to my body and go at my own pace.
- Think positively. This is so tough for me, but I’m trying to look for the silver lining in this setback. Now I can just focus on getting stronger and faster! I can probably run some shorter races this year if I feel like I can handle it instead of constantly being in training for a long race. My pace has slowed since training for longer distances, so it might be fun to do a speedy 5k sometime this year. I can spend more time this summer hiking without worrying about doing too much on top of my long runs. And my summer/fall will be a lot more fun without marathon training, right?
It was really hard for me to write this post because I feel like I’m giving up on my biggest dream, and I’m so disappointed. A few weeks ago I was running pain free with a huge smile on my face, and now I don’t know when I’ll be back there again. But I just can’t make my body heal faster or do things it can’t handle, so I feel that this is the best choice for me at this moment. I need to start listening to my body and doing what I can in 2016 to reach my goals on my own timeline. I know that I’ll run a marathon someday soon, and all of this waiting will be worth it!
Have you ever re-aggrivated an injury? How did you handle going back to step one after making so much progress forward?