I took our new puppy Stella to the vet yesterday, since I’d never brought her back to have her stitches trimmed from her “lady” surgery. The tech and vet said she’s fat. Too fat for 7 months old. It can strain the back, they said.
No more stealing food from Oscar’s bowl for her. I have to take her down to 3/4 cup per day of dry food and (mon dieu!) cut back on her treats. Poor chubby Stella!
Now on to the pressing issue. I’ll try to joke about it, but really I’m near tears. My quad is in all kinds of anguish right now, and I officially have to accept that I am injured.
It hurt last week, but I chalked it up to normal lingering soreness and pressed on, though cutting a little off my mileage. Now it hurts to walk stairs and sometimes to put direct pressure on my leg. It hurt with every step during my run Monday. People, did I mention it hurts? It’s certainly not gut-wrenching pain, but it’s “something’s wrong” pain, and there’s no mistaking it for anything else.
I thought at first based on the Facebook recommendation of a friend that it might be quad or patellar tendonitis, but after another run and a day or so, I really feel that it’s a quad muscle strain. This is not good timing, since the marathon is only 10 days away. Sure, it’s nothing like what my sister faces, and that fact is helping me keep things in perspective, but it is devastating on an ego/competitive/personal level. Here’s what I’m doing for it:
I’m spending a lot of time on the couch. I’m sprawled out a lot with a pillow under my leg a good portion of the day, book in hand and children on call to fetch me things.
I’m icing like a madwoman (again, with children on call to trade out my football- and baseball-shaped lunchbox icepacks.) They like to yell, “Apply!” and then push the ice down on my skin to torture me. Little do they know that every time they do that, I mentally knock off a few hundred dollars off the price of the car they will drive when they turn sixteen. Max in particular will be lucky if we buy him a go-cart.
I’m drinking. It’s for resveratrol/antioxidant/medicinal purposes.
I’m slathering my prescription compound foot cream for my plantar fasciitis all over my thigh a few times a day. It’s got NSAIDs and a medication in it that increases blood flow to the region. Bring in the red blood cells! Get to work, please, little globules of healing! Mama ain’t got time for dat!
I’m rolling on my foam roller CONSTANTLY. It’s practically earned a place in my bed next to my Kindle, my iPhone and my copy of Volume Two of Les Misérables that puts me into a near-coma every night when I try to read it.
I went to the running store and checked on my shoes. They said the wear pattern was okay but that they were near the end of their cycle (I’ve put over 400 miles on them.) While I’ve heard never to switch your shoes right before a race, I bought a new pair (same style) and may try them out if I can get running again.
I bought some KT tape (my PA friend recommended it, and I have some CrossFit friends who have used it for injuries.) At $20 for 20 strips, I half expect a miracle to happen when I strap it on. If I break five pieces of it, will it fix the injuries of five thousand? Is this shit some sort of transdermal ‘roid application?
BTW, the dude says not to buy the cotton type…get the pro style. It sticks better. Just passin’ it on. I probably wouldn’t have realized there were two types and bought the wrong one if not for the sweet, helpful and enthusiastic 20-year old who regularly runs 40-45mpw and thinks I must have done something specific to hurt myself because if everybody trains right like I have then this shouldn’t happen because we all can run that distance.
See ya at 40, dude. If you’re still singing that same song, I’ll buy you a bottle of your favorite wine.
I’m skipping runs. I bailed on yesterday and today’s runs, and I just don’t know what to do about Friday. It’s my last long run (8 miles.) Do I skip it entirely and try to maybe run a few miles on Sunday (which would mean almost a week off?) Does that even makes sense with needing to run 26.2 next Saturday? Do I try to run it on Friday but cut back my miles? I am seriously at a loss. I don’t want to stop running entirely and start to lose my readiness, but I don’t want to keep trying to run and just retweaking it and not give it a chance to heal. The running store guy says to skip it because it’s better to go in 10% undertrained but with a better healed muscle than to go in with a highly agitated tear and one more 8-miler under my belt.
I would welcome any advice!!! At the worst, I can’t run the race, which will be so upsetting, but the second worst scenario is running it super slow just to finish but injuring myself even worse. Then I’m unhappy with my effort and time and yet also unable to keep running. It’s just sad to think about after all the work of the last few months and after as careful as I’ve been. Compared to many marathon training programs, these have been bare-bones miles, and I made sure I was more than ready with my base mileage before even starting. The thought of not running is awful, and so is the thought of gimping my way to the starting line and not being able to give it my best effort.
Holy shit, where’s the Tylenol?
Sorry to complain so much, but that is what’s on this maybemarathoner’s mind. I will try to be more positive and just hope that things turn around lightning quick. If you have any tips or suggestions, please let me know, as I am truly floundering here!
And in the meantime, today’s Work It Out Wednesday song is “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake. What a love song. What a running beat, especially at the end when it just repeats…
Off to get up close and personal with a rigid foam roller.