Injuries are the pits

This Fall I have suffered the most injuries I have ever had.  While I don’t have pictures to document them all, here is a list:

piriformis syndrome in my left bum

pulled arch in my right foot

left hip popping out-of-place

GIGANTIC blister on right foot

Some VERY unfortunate chaffing!  (Aren’t you glad I didn’t take a pic of this!)

Apparently a half roll of athletic tape makes all of your owies go away

Here’s the deal.  Almost two years ago, I started training for my first half marathon.  It was definitely exciting and I found two awesome running partners as soon as I joined the training group.  Training went well but I failed to stretch after each long run.  I just really didn’t think I needed to.

Ooooo, let's give the non-stretcher dumb girl a shiny medal!

Training started in the middle of January.  I think it was around the middle of March that my left bum really started hurting.  I would feel it in the beginning of the run and then I could work it out as the run continued.  The aftermath wasn’t so pretty.  I would be limping around for days.  Part of me just chalked it up to running long distances and of course I would be sore kind of mentality.

I'm in pain but I'm still running - weeeeeeeeeeee!

I thought I had pulled a muscle in my bum.  Turns out I had piriformis syndrome – self/internet diagnosed of course!  I was told that I HAD to start stretching or it was going to get worse.  Yep, I was completely stupid.  I started stretching but it really didn’t get much better.  I made it through the half marathon  but there was always a nagging pain.

Really, I am running

I ended up taking some time off from running (story for another post).  In May, I decided I was tired of not having a regular running routine.  I missed it.  I started running again and as Fall approached I had signed up for a handful of 5k’s, a 10k, a 1/2 marathon and a 10 mile race.  I don’t feel the number of races were a problem but I was running long distances on the weekends but not supporting it with quality mileage during the week.  The piriformis started up again, I pulled my arch and then I ran the hardest race of my life, The Headless Horseman 10 miler

I was a cat lady for Halloween - it was a real stretch for me

Oh my gosh.  This was a night race through a golf course.  It was PITCH black outside with very little lighting.  The entire course was just a roller coaster of hills that felt like 90* angles.  By the end of the race, I thought I had taken a wrong turn and almost started crying because I thought I would never finish.  To make matters worse, you had to do the course twice to make the 10 miles.  It was horrifying.  After this, my hip started popping out-of-place when I was running.  I felt like I was 80 years old.

So, time to change my form!  I started working on my form a couple of weeks back.  I’m a heel striker and I am trying to change this.  It takes A LOT of concentration.  Last week I almost ran INTO a car!  But my hip pain is definitely getting better.  Today, I went out for an easy 2.5 mile run and while my bum made its presence known, my hip stayed in place the whole time.  I consider this a win.  Then I came home and had some quality time with Bruce.

Yes, my personal life is a disaster

Learn from my mistakes!  I still hate stretching but I would have saved myself a lot of pain, bad runs and may not have prematurely aged my body if I had just taken the time to do it in the beginning.  My other mistake was thinking “of course I can run 10 miles during the weekend even though I only ran 3 miles during the week”.  This was just sheer ego talking.  Again, I have learned my lesson and have reined in my training a bit.  I am not that type of runner who can break out mileage without really working at it.  Now back to the training drawing board!

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