Sunday, May 6, 2012

A very sad tale.

I've been having some problems with my hip the past few weeks.  It pops when I walk, and is extremely painful when I walk more than half a mile, or run at all.  That doesn't mesh well with marathon training.  On Friday I went to a chiropractor who specialized in sports injuries.  Long story short, I'm out for running for at least a month and can't do any sort exercise involving my lower body for at least two weeks.  What does this mean?  Well, I'll be doing a lot of upper body and core work for the next month.  It also means that I have to sell my marathon race bib.  Even if my hip was ok to run by then (which it probably wouldn't be), I wouldn't have sufficient training to not likely jack myself up more.  It also means I might not be able to do the Ragnar that was supposed to be the week after the marathon, or pace the half marathon the week after that.  Let's just say that I'm not a happy camper.  When I've been putting in 50+ miles of running a week to be ready for an event, only to get injured a month before and not be able to do it, it's really disappointing.  The half I was going to race in July is going to suffer too.  I was expecting a PR on that course.  I was also expecting a PR on this marathon course.  My little secret is that I have been training to qualify for Boston this year (you have to run a certain time-- 3:35 in my case-- on a qualified marathon course to even be able to register).  I would have been able to pull off a 3:45 or 3:40 at this race if all went well, and then hopefully the 3:35 in my September marathon.  With missing this much "conditioning" to start training for the September marathon, I can't see that attempt safely succeeding.
The shoes I ordered pre-injury that are coming tomorrow, but I now can't wear for a while :(
Anyway, I'm really sad and angry that I'm missing my marathon and pacing the half, as well as possibly missing Ragnar, a half PR, and qualifying for Boston.  The plus side is that with proper treatment I will some day be back to where I was-- just not as quickly as I wish.
Anyway, there's my explanation for why there won't be as many race recaps this year.  I guess I'll just have to make up for it next year.

7 comments:

  1. Sad day Lurel! I'm so sorry! You sound really positive and optimistic despite all that crappy news. I'd be wallowing in self-pity. You are a rock star to shoot for Boston! You'll do it for sure, I have no doubt. Good for you for taking the time to heal - I'm sure it's rough. Just thinking about your dedication gets my butt out the door some days. Thanks for that and can't wait to hear your tips on how to get amazingly ripped arms and abs!

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    1. Aw, thanks Erin, that made my day!

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  2. That is horrible! I hope your hip heals up soon! When is the Ragnar? Are you selling your spot in it?

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  3. That is so sad Lurel! So sorry to hear it! Patience!!! It will be worth it!

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  4. Oh brutal! Sorry to hear it. Heal up and get nice abs. And then share them with me :)

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  5. LUREL! I had the same thing maybe 3 weeks ago and it was so painful. I was crushed but talked to this lady at my gym and she gave me this huge hard foam thing. It would resemble a water noodle (like for the pool?). Anyway she gave me some exercises to do with it, like laying on it and putting my body weight on the rod and rolling it down from my hip to my knee very slowly and back up again. I do it a couple times on each side, then lay on my tummy and roll down to my knees and back to my hips and it's gone! I ran 11 1/2 miles today and no pains. Plus I get strange pains sometimes behind my knees and since I started doing this last week those pains are gone too! Everyone said I'd have stay off it for 4-6 weeks and get physio but I've been running on ok distance for me (about 6-10 miles) every day this week and seriously, feel perfect! Maybe something a little extra to try along with your rocking core!

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    1. Thanks Meghan! I loooove foam rolling! It hurts so good, haha. I definitely need to get better at using it more often, though.

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