Aren’t you glad you read my running blog, so I can tell you all about my cross country move, my CPA study habits and my favorite foods!? hmmm… something is missing.
Yes, friends, I have been running… a little. My hamstring/sciatica/IT band/thing on my left leg under my butt that hurts like a bbbbeeeeepppp… yeah, that injury I have hurts super bad lately. Today I worked at a catering event, and it was SCREAMING at me. It hurts super bad when I walk, run, yoga (that’s a verb) and sit or sleep. Hmmmm… MAKE IT GO AWAY!!!
I decided not to train for and run the SF full marathon a few weeks ago because I was in a lot of pain, but I don’t think lowering my mileage has really helped at all. The answer, I’m assuming, will be to take some real time off to recover from this injury. I will probably need to get some PT eventually since this is a recurring problem that pops up when my mileage increases.
So what does a girl do with a mega pain in the butt when she is all set and ready to run a half marathon in a few weeks and an AMAZINGLY fun relay in a little over a month (Hood to Coast)? Here is what I think… I am going to keep running low mileage: think 3-6 mile runs 4 times a week-ish. I am NOT going to go to yoga for a while because I think it was really aggravating the injury. Crazy how something that works so well for me at preventing pain can be so awful once I am already hurting! I am going to spend more time weight training and elliptical-ing and spinning when I am able to get into a gym.
Whadaya think? I know it isn’t the BEST plan because it would be better if I stopped running and healed now. Well… SORRY! If you are really mad that I’m not doing it, don’t read anymore. If you kind of understand where I’m coming from, we can be bffs!
The poll this week on Runner’s World is about a topic that seriously gets me all riled up.
It is one thing for people to tell me that I should be careful about my knees. Fine. Some people seem astonished when I tell them about 20 mile training runs and immediately ask if I have horrible knees. No. Thank you for asking. Whatever.
What really gets me going? The people who have quit running or who have never run telling new or potential runners that they SHOULD NOT run. wtf
I recently had a friend on facebook post an enthusiastic status update about her 2 mile run that made her feel super accomplished. She made the decision to make time for herself and for her health. Go her!! There were a few “good job” type comments before the offender (her family member, of course) wrote a long oh-so-concerned comment about how dangerous it is for women to run.
And I thought…
1. Nobody cares what you think
2. Please cite your sources next time you want to debate a scientific claim
3. Thank you for being a mega party pooper
4. You are really dumb (Antoine Dodson)
But I’m not sure I could fully call people out on that kind of thing. It is definitely true that if you HAVE a knee problem, it will likely be agitated by the impact of running. I’m just not interested in getting into a fight about something neither of us are actually experts on. Maybe next time I read an article about runner joints, I’ll tear it out and keep it handy.
Thoughts? What do you say when someone tells you you shouldn’t be running?