It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote a post titled Running Red Light. Well, Sunday was another “Red Light” moment for me.
I went out for my first 18 miler last Sunday on Coronado Island. I made it out fairly early while the weather was cool and the clouds still covered the sun. Everything was perfect, except my body. Immediately I felt the same tightness that had been bugging me for the past few days, but I didn’t want to call it pain. I started having that mental talk with myself that goes, “Is this pain or just discomfort?” Then I begin to wonder, “Am I being wimpy or does this actually hurt?” The conclusion I usually draw is that I am just fine. I have come to realize that if I am asking these questions in the first place there is probably something wrong. Does anyone else have this ridiculous conversation with themselves?
Somehow I managed to finish 17.25 miles at about 8:45/mi- 8:50/mi pace. Once I finished I stretched for awhile and drove home. I was only in the car 5 minutes before I got home but as soon as I put my foot down I knew something was wrong. I hobbled into my apartment and have been limping around ever since.
After working in a physical therapy clinic back in Chicago I have seen my fair share of running related injuries. I am aware that I have a very weak gluteus medius which causes my IT Band issues on the left side. Your gluteus medius is extremely important for stabilization during running. So, yeah…I am imbalanced. I know what you’re thinking; MENTALLY? Well, yes… but let’s focus on my leg.
When I started feeling that familiar twinge I began doing my “butt exercises” as I like to call them. These include side steps, clams, hip abductions, etc. Unfortunately, I think I began all of this a bit too late. If only I had been proactive
While I hear the words “overuse injury” all too often and have suffered from a few myself, I can say with confidence that this is not one of those. I am on the “less-is-more” training plan, have not increased mileage or pace too quickly and I give myself 2 rest days each week.
I may not have a very sexy swagger right now but I am trying to stay positive. I continue to limp, stretch, foam roll and limp some more. I am thinking positive thoughts as I rest this week. I want to get back to the fun stuff. Training thus far has been incredibly enjoyable for me and I have loved the long distances. Running more than 2 hours feels far more fabulous than I expected. I can’t think of many things I would rather do right now. I am starting to see why people think runners are crazy… but of course I strongly disagree.