Just Like That

So one thing I neglected to mention was after the run that possibly put me into crazy territory, I started to experience some soreness behind my knee. It was weird because I’m very good about listening to my body, and it didn’t hurt AT ALL during the run itself. But right when I stopped, it felt kind of tight and strange, so I stretched it out and then walked around a bit.

As Sunday went on, the pain got worse and worse. I took a little Advil and told myself to just go to sleep, nothing was wrong, I’d wake up in the morning and everything would be fine.

Not so.

After going to bed, I woke up a few times in the night if I moved a certain way with a sharp pain on the back of my knee. I woke up on Monday and it was REALLY sore. I could still walk, but it was really stiff and sore and there was no way I could run. When I was at my desk at work, I kept trying to convince myself it was fine because while sitting I could barely feel a thing, but as soon as I stood up, I would practically hunch over in pain. I called the sports medicine doctor to make an appointment, and it turned out they could see me the next day, which was two weeks ago today.

When I woke up on Tuesday, the pain was a LOT better than it had been the day before when I called the doc. If it was an 8 on Monday on a scale of 1 – 10, it was more like a 3 on Tuesday. I still decided to go to the doctor to see what he had to say and make sure I hadn’t done anything major, though the amount of relief I felt made me know nothing serious was wrong.

After seeing and talking to the doc, and having him poke around for some diagnostic testing, he told me I had strained my hamstring. He said it’s not a major injury, but more of nagging one and that I would need physical therapy. I let him know that I am training for a half marathon (which is just two weeks from Sunday – argh) and he said to just play it by ear and see how my body responds to the PT.

I was told I could run a few 3-4 mile runs that week but to stop if it hurt at all, and I was able to knock out a 3.5 miler the next day and feel good. I felt back in the game.

When I was in San Francisco, I ran only once and did 5 miles on the treadmill, which I thought would be more forgiving than running outside, and though I was told to only do 3-4, I was supposed to do 10 so I felt like I was being agreeable. Well, turns out, 5 was too much. The next day I was in a lot of pain again, and once I got back from San Francisco, I had my first few PT appointments.

I’d never been to PT before, and the first appointment was basically just a diagnostic one where I spoke to the doctor, she asked a ton of questions, testing the strength of many different muscles, and came up with a plan of action. She gave me some stretches to do twice a day, and then I went back the next day and she gave me some exercises to do (single leg presses, balancing on one leg, foam rolling, and then two things using a band).

My prescription for PT is to go twice a week for the next 3 weeks, and to play the half by ear. I’ve been able to run up to 4 miles without pain, but haven’t done a longer run since the 9 miler that caused this, and the pain flares up a lot if I run more than 2 days in a row, even shorter ones. So annoying.

At first, I was realllllllllllly pissed. I started running almost 60 pounds ago and have never had an injury of any sort. I’ve trained for several half marathons half-assed where I haven’t done any cross training, stretching, or strengthening, and this time, I had been doing everything right. I honestly was feeling on top of the world with training, and so good about where I was with running and fitness in general! But now that it’s been a few weeks and I’ve had time to process it, you know what I realized?

It’s not the end of the world.

Sure, it sucks. I was 3/4 of the way into training, and I may not be able to run the half. Even if I can run it, I won’t be as prepared as I was going to be and likely won’t “kill it” because I’ve had to step down my training so much. That said, it’s much, much, much more important that I listen to my body right now and take it as easy as I need to. Being injured is frustrating, and sometimes I look at people running and am a little envious, but I’ll get back there. I just need to focus on PT, listening to the doctor, and getting healed.

17 Comments on Just Like That

  1. Jade
    October 30, 2012 at 8:52 am (5 years ago)

    Sorry about your injury and the half training. I also got a dumb little nagging injury during my half training and was not able to race. I’m doing the PT thing too right now…I hope you heal up quickly and are able to do your race! Seems like you have a good attitude about things…much better than my outlook has been, hah!

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  2. Janice
    October 30, 2012 at 9:16 am (5 years ago)

    Beth, I know it’s easy for me to say this and different to hear it but, maybe you should just take one day at a time. You can’t worry about the future because it hasn’t happened yet. If it was me I would hope that I would listen to my body and just let come what may happen. Just don’t give up!! Happy running!

    Janice

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  3. suzanne
    October 30, 2012 at 9:45 am (5 years ago)

    I’m glad it didn’t turn out worse!!! Listening to your body is the best thing you can do for you.

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  4. lisa fine
    October 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Sorry to hear things aren’t going as planned. But at least you don’t have something worse.

    I had to skip out on a half marathon I was scheduled for last weekend since I’d been sick the last week. It was really frustrating – I had never missed a race before – but still went and walked their 5k instead, and figure I’ll get to do more half marathons in the future.

    It’ll all work out for the best.

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  5. Megan
    October 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm (5 years ago)

    Its SO frustrating when you feel like so much work may not pay off – buts its far better to take it easier now than to further aggravate it and wind up with something more permanent. I had my ACL replaced 3 years ago and constantly struggle with finding the right balance between training and overuse, but know its something I’ll have to deal with the rest of my life.

    Regardless – you’ve found a better balance in your workouts/training for when you can’t run as much, which will be always be an asset!

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  6. Life's a Bowl
    October 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm (5 years ago)

    Ugh, that totally stinks! It’s good though that you’re thinking positively and listening to your body. I have tried to train for a few races and have had to stop due to health reasons and have been so frustrated… It’s hard when you work so hard for something and within a blink of an eye it’s taken away from you. Keep up the positive spirit, you’ll be back at it soon!

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  7. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    October 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m so sorry you’re injured Beth. Try not to get discouraged though. Time will definitely heal it and you’ll be back soon.

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  8. Janine
    October 31, 2012 at 11:37 am (5 years ago)

    I am so, so sorry, Beth! It sounds as though you are doing everything to take care of yourself and remain hopeful, but I understand an injury like this is very frustrating, and can make one feel vulnerable and sad and angry. All of the Feelings! In empathy, and random overshare, I will just say: when my daughter was a toddler I started running again. For the first time in a long time. Gradually I began running farther, no where near where you are at, but it gave me such a feeling of fleetness and freedom. Then, my eye began to hurt…fast forward: diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that attacks the eyes, uveitis. The pain was so intense, I could not run. I became temporarily blind in one eye, but with the amazing medication available, I regained my sight. I missed running, missed feeling strong and free and in control. I just want you to know that I am sending best wishes for this injury to be a minor blip from which you rapidly heal.

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  9. Kelly
    November 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Love your blog and happy you are back
    Blogging on regular basis. Hope your injury gets better before
    the half marathon!

    Please don’t take this wrong way, but I am from San Francisco and no one
    calls it San Fran or even worse “Frisco”. Sorry but it is a pet peave! We call it
    The City. Which I understand could be anywhere but that is just local custom.

    Best of luck on your half!

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    • Beth
      November 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm (5 years ago)

      Haha thanks for letting me know! I’m just lazy but I will change it because I don’t wanna piss anyone off. 🙂 The City on the east coast refers to NYC so I’ll go with San Francisco. Haven’t heard Frisco lol… that’s kind of funny.

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      • Kelly
        November 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm (5 years ago)

        I hope that didn’t sound mean or insulting! I just re-read and kicked myself for writing that when my intent was to wish you well on recovery. So sorry. I work with brokers so sometimes I forget not to offend people on regular basis. I run to relieve stress of the job. I just got fitted for new insoles and have helped so much. Expensive but they are worth it.

        Again, I apologize for comment! Call it whatever you want. It is a beautiful city and if you come back I will buy you a cocktail!

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        • Beth
          November 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm (5 years ago)

          Haha not at all! I’m glad you told me – I went through all my SF posts and updated it to San Francisco! I feel like less of a douche now, so thank you. 🙂

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  10. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    November 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm (5 years ago)

    I had that exact same injury before. I was overdoing it and not treating my body well, and I had to BACK OFF and change things a bit. it’s frustrating and hard to do- but you HAVE to listen to your body, or it will continue to BREAK.

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  11. Angela @ Honey, I Shrunk the Mom
    November 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh no, I’m sorry you’re injured; that must be so frustrating! Hope the therapy is helping and you’re back at it no time!

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