Injuries.

I think I’m injured.

No.

I know I am.

A few days ago, after a small snowfall and still stoked after my 6.6km run and despite having 5 days of migraines, I put on the cleats and went for a run.  I should have known after about 5 minutes that I didn’t need the cleats but I kept going.

Have you ever run on steel shoes?

Take it from me, don’t.

Most of my route had snow, but a lot didn’t.  The pounding of the pavement was brutal on my lower legs and ankles.  I should have stopped after a kilometer but I thought I could push through.  Most of the time, when there’s been a little soreness, once my muscles and tendons warm up, the soreness goes away.

Not this time.

I had to shut down the run at 3.76km, about 1/2 km away from home.  I took the cleats off and practically limped home.

Dejected.

Defeated.

In pain.

I took some Advil, iced what hurt and felt like shit for the rest of the day.  Oh, and my migraine headache came back.

The next morning, the sun was shining and the temperature was above zero for the first time in months.  My legs, surprisingly, didn’t feel all that bad.  I needed to get back out there.  I needed a psychological reset, if that makes any sense.  My husband could see how defeated I was, my running confidence shattered after just one run.  He encouraged me to go back out there, warned me to take it easy and walk a lot if I had to.

I had a good breakfast, drank a lot of water and took some Advil. I set out to run a slow, steady 5:1 interval run.  Within minutes I knew it would be a different kind of run.  My legs felt sore but I wasn’t in pain.  I successfully ran 4.1 km and my confidence returned.

But today I woke up with pain in my right ankle and terrible shin splints.  It’s not from yesterday’s run – it’s from the one the day before.  It always takes two days to feel the pain.  I suspect tomorrow will be worse.

I had planned on running another 6-7 km on the weekend.

I’m worried I’ve set myself back in my self-imposed 10K training.

Ankle injuries, specifically Achilles tendonitis, can be hard to come back from.

Did I just end my running before it even got started?

 

8 thoughts on “Injuries.

  1. I think you should be proud that you have committed to running and getting back into shape but your body is obviously telling you that you’re doing too much, too fast. Listen to your body. Enjoy the journey. Focus more on how you feel and less about how far and how fast. You are doing great. Take the time to rest and get healthy again. You owe it to yourself. Give yourself a break, walk more, run less. I’ve been running for 5 months and still haven’t ran 10K. Slow and steady wins the race. 😉

  2. Sounds like you’re probably overdoing it a bit. Take some rest days to let your body recover – it’s frustrating, I know, but your muscles need time to repair after all that running. As for the Achilles, ice (if it’s swollen) and rest should do the trick, and maybe strap it up for a week or two to stop it from getting worse. You’re doing great, just go easy on yourself. You will get there! 🙂

    • Thank you! And you are absolutely right. I am overdoing it but I am having a hard time scaling back. My body is telling me I need to but my brain is saying something else entirely.

  3. I know it’s hard to stay positive when you are in the throes of feeling dejected. Take time to heal properly while it’s still not too bad and you will heal faster and get back at it. Maybe April 1 will have to move to April 15, but you will still make it! After all, you moved up to 6k before you ever thought you could! (And, in a few weeks when you’re back at it, you can give me the same advice when I’m post op and want to start running too early)

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