Yup, this post is about injuries. I feel like amost every running/fitness blog I’ve ever read has at some point made a post about injuries. Let’s face it-even though we take care of our bodies by being athletes (I consider anyone who works out an athlete!) we also consistently push it to it’s limits and unfortunately that causes injuries. I’ve dealt with one relatively easy to deal with (so far) injury in the past 6 months and am currently facing another.
The first was the ever so terrible ITBS-IT Band Syndrome. I started getting symptoms 2 weeks prior to my first Half-Marathon in February-14 weeks into my training.
Had to throw in a half-marathon pic here =) look at us being twinsies with our matching outfits and knee braces!
I managed to make it through the race pretty much right at my goal time with minimal pain-but that included wearing a brace and IT band brace. The got a bit of pain at mile 9 or so and basically it felt better to run faster so I pretty much sprinted the last three miles (happy that that probably got me my goal time but probably a stupid idea!) Anyway, a week after the race I finally went to the doctor and was officially diagnosed with ITBS. I was REALLY worried. After hearing so many negative stories about other runners with ITBS and how terrible it was I was immediately afraid I’d be facing this issue forever. The doctor ordered 3 weeks of physical thearpy which, combined with tons of stretching and foam rolling, REALLY helped. I havent had any issues since BUT I have only run distances over 6 miles maybe twice since then. I’m hoping that when I being half-marathon training again, the fact that I strengthened and stretched like crazy every since will help me stay ITBS free!!
My newest problem began at the Tough Mudder. I kinda forgot that I even had the pain until recently because really it was the last thing on my mind when I was freezing, tired, muddy, etc.
You thought I could talk about Tough Mudder and not include a picture? well you thought wrong!
It was just a slight pain in my hip flexor and barely a pain-more like a twinge. Again, I totally overlooked it and forgot about it altogether afterwards. Then last week I amped up my running a bit to prepare for the 10K I am running on June 9th. I noticed my hip felt a little sore and again thought nothing of it. Then another run, another sore hip, etc etc. Now I am starting to get worried. I’ve been trying to stretch it and ice it frequently but today I had to stop my supposed to be 6 mile run and turn it into 4.25 because it was really bothering me.
oh you know just icing my hip flexor-totally not an awkward picture at all!
I’m starting to get nervous that I seriously did something. I’ve been googling (seriously what did I do before google?) and think I MAY have strained it a bit. It sounds like maybe a slight strain because I still have full movement, it doesn’t hurt to walk, and doesn’t even hurt every-time I run. I know, I know-go to a doctor! But i think I’m going to take it easy the next few days first (tough, I know-I’ve really been feeling the running bug lately and don’t want to skip any runs!) If it still doesn’t seem to get better I swear I will go to the doctor!
In the meantime-tons of hip stretching will take place! I found several good resources online for good hip stretches and will be a stretching maniac the next few days-here’s hoping a little rest will do the trick!!
What has been your worst injury? How did you recover?