Yep. Things are going that well over this way.
This week began the day after the Runner’s World Half Marathon, where I completely tweaked my calf. I put off writing it because each day I keep hoping things get better, but honestly this has become a nightmare. Here was my week:
- Monday, 10/19 – Pole Fitness
- Tuesday, 10/20 – 6 Mile Recovery Run + 5 Minute Plank
- Wednesday, 10/21 – 5 Mile Recovery Run + Pole Fitness
- Thursday, 10/22 – 3 Mile Run + Crankiness
- Friday, 10/23– Pole Fitness
- Saturday, 10/24 – Pole Fitness
- Sunday, 10/25 – Rest
So that happened. 14 miles. I am so screwed for Indianapolis. FML. I ran on Tuesday and took it very easy – honestly, it didn’t feel bad. It felt like the pain in my calf was present but it didn’t worsen as I ran. I went for a massage, and I felt like I was on the mend. On Wednesday, I ended up with a beautiful lunchtime 5 miler. It felt awesome and almost like I was completely back to normal. My leg felt better as I ran and things loosened up.
Then, Thursday. Started my run. Felt great – I didn’t feel like I was altering my stride, basically like things were back to normal. Until about a mile in – I began to feel the same tightness in my calf that I felt at Runner’s World. I stopped, stretched, and ran another mile. At the two mile mark, I turned around and walk/ran it in for a total of 3 miles running, one mile walking. It was miserable. I was crying like a baby and just miserable. Mostly because I felt like I was doing a walk of shame, and since I’ve been married for 10 years I thought those days were behind me.
I rested the rest of the weekend. I went to pole class, but I didn’t bike or swim. I just don’t have it in me. I can’t go through this again – where I get injured and turn my world upside down to try to fix it. I just rested in hopes that it would help. And it helped a little, but not much. I did run yesterday – 4 miles. It wasn’t worse, but it was there. I am at a loss. I’m supposed to pace a half marathon this weekend and I have Indianapolis next weekend. I have no idea what I’m going to do.
I guess what’s really upsetting me is that it doesn’t matter what I do – I get injured. I know why it happened this time and I had no business running that race. But honestly, it doesn’t seem to matter what I do. This has been going on since June 2014 and I just don’t know how much more I can take. I’ve tried less miles, more miles, less intensity, more intensity. Training with a coach. Training by myself. More racing. Less racing. What gives?
I’ve been excited about Indianapolis since June. I was signed up for that race well before Hartford. I don’t know what the outcome of this will be, but all I know is my body just needs to hang in there for two more weeks and then it’s all over. I did the mature thing this year and scheduled 5 weeks of recovery, which is great – just seems like my body isn’t having any of it this year. 2015 truly has not been my year!!! I will try not to disappear from the blog world through all of this…I think I did that over the winter when my Achilles was giving me hell.
In other news, I did learn a pole pose called a Marion Amber that I’m now obsessed with:
Figured I should TRY to end on a positive. 🙂
Swim: 0 meters ♥ Bike: 0 miles ♥ Run: 14 miles
How was your week? How do you handle injuries? Me? Obviously not well, lol!