First off, I apologize for my absence this weekend. I've been coping with a running injury that has really put me in a funk, and not the 1970's funky-town funk. Second, I started this post with the intention of writing a "Mental Health Monday" post on Tuesday (yes I am behind, again). But as I was typing, I decided to make this post the back story and I will dedicate the rest of this week to discussing how to cope with injuries, specifically a running injury (but the principles can be applied to most walks of life).
Once upon a time, two weeks ago, I ran my first marathon. I didn't have any bad pain during or immediately after. Just your run of the mill "I just ran 26.2 miles" soreness. I did lots of walking and light jogging to help my muscles recover during the week after. Then last week, I picked things up a little bit, still not pushing it too much, to maintain my fitness for the Nike Women's (Half) Marathon. But something wasn't right.
I started feeling a bad pain in my left hip flexor. At first I thought it was just tight because as the day went on, it felt better. I iced and stretched and took lots of ibuprofen. But by the end of the week, the pain had progressed into something I couldn't ignore anymore nor chalk up to pure post-marathon ordinary soreness (is there such thing?).
I was suppose to run a local "Oktobrewfest" 10k on Saturday evening, but after a day of debating, I decided to sit it out. It pretty much killed me.
|Source - If we want to get technical, I injured the Iliopsoas muscle.|
Today was a better day. I am so grateful to have an amazing support system in the form of great friends and family. They have really helped me to pull myself together, at least enough to put on makeup and do something with my hair other than throw it up in a bun. In the words of my genius boyfriend "just be nice to yourself." - so much easier said than done, but i'm trying.
|He's so loving :)|
- Treat yourself Tuesday - How I am trying to be nice to myself
- Workout Wednesday - Cross training and rehab
- Thursday - The mental aspects of coping with an injury