Tundra Trailblazers: An injury set back

Hello runners! I love the brief periods of spring-ish weather. I’ve not been outside without my long leggings and sleeves yet but we are getting close. I can feel it!  I’m sure you are watching the weather reports and trying to plan your training to the minute just like me.  UGH WISCONSIN!!!  Knock it off already!  Better weather is coming!!!

I have met my mortal moment. When I talk with friends and other runners, everyone has that moment of pain or injury that sets them back. For some, it completely removes them from a race, and others are taken out of training for a bit and able to get back on track.  Everyone has a reason (I wasn’t stretching, I didn’t listen to my body, I needed new shoes, etc), and everyone knows what fixed them.

My calves have become my Achilles heel (pun intended). The left is worse than the right.  When I think about it, the tightness started a few weeks ago but it wasn’t bothersome.  Then I pulled something in my foot during yoga (I know… yoga injury = first world problems), but when thinking back, it came back to the calves. Then after my first 10 mile run, my calves tightened up. I did my stretches, compression therapy, foam roller, but the pain continued. I rested Sunday, ran Monday, yoga Tuesday, and when it came to running again on Wednesday, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I started to PANIC!  What do I do???  It seems so silly. It’s not the worst pain I’ve ever felt, but it was enough to make me question everything I was doing. Is my body ready for this? Am I over training? Am I undertraining? Is this normal? Is this soreness or a real injury? What is the best way to handle the pain? Do I need to make an appointment?

I contacted my guru, Alissa. She talked me down and helped me come up with a recovery game plan. She’s been there. She’s smart and supportive. She convinced me that this is not the end. If I am diligent on my roller, stretching, massaging and icing, I can come back with no problems. I am doing the training right. I am putting in the miles, the cross training, the rest. There is enough time to heal and get on track again.

So I’ve been doing my miles on the elliptical, and brought my roller and massage stick thingy (that’s the technical term) to work so I could take care of myself on breaks. I took a couple of days off from the training schedule. If you know anything about me, the hardest part was not following my plan. This is frustrating to say the least. My brain says go, but my body says stop it, no, not happening. I WANT to run! I have come so far in the training already. 10 miles. I’m so close but so far. It’s hard to slow down and step back when all this time has been go, go, go.

I did my long “run” on the elliptical, still put in the miles without the impact and it felt great! Good to sweat and breathe and get the heart going. It’s only been a couple of days but I missed it. Tomorrow, I want to try running again. I’m hoping for 3 miles. That’s it.  Just a test. I’m learning to read my body and its signals. It’s important to pay attention to the difference between sore muscles and pain. What can be pushed through and what needs to be addressed more immediately. Everyone is different. Everyone has their own tricks, body mechanics, previous injuries, new injuries. How does YOUR body move?  What does YOUR body need to stay in one piece?

Take care of yourselves!  Happy training!!!

Becky
2016 Tundra Trailblazer

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