Injuries Can Suck It!

Last week, I ran almost 10km in two runs.  The first was just over 4km, the second was a run home from the office via a different route that took me to 6km.  That was on Thursday.  My legs ached a bit – that damn shin splint or soleus muscle strain or posterior tibialis stress syndrome – whatever it is, I don’t know for sure, but it ached the entire run.  I stretched and iced when I got home. Friday if felt okay, Saturday the same.  So, being the stubborn pain in the ass that I am, after I did 5km on the stationary bike, I decided to go out for a run.

I was forced to shut it down at 1.5km. Sharp, searing pain in the left calf/shin/whatever the fuck hurts.

Sorry for the curse words.

I am so, so frustrated with myself.  I have continued to run despite being injured.  I thought I was gaining some headway, taking rest days and icing even on days I didn’t run.

But no.  I have truly screwed myself this time.

It hurts now just to walk.  I carried the baby to the park in the Baby Bjorn and my lower legs are on fire now.  I don’t think I will be running again for quite some time.

I am the proverbial doctor who is a bad patient.

I am pretty sure I need either an x-ray to rule out bilateral stress fractures in the tibia, or an ultrasound to rule out tears in the soleus muscle. Or both. With my luck, both.

Is this what I get for running too soon after having a baby?  Are my ligaments and joints still in pregnancy mode?

What is going on????

I’m so defeated by this.  If I can’t run, I don’t know what I’ll do.  Sure, I can bike to and from work. I can get on the stationary bike at home and do my pilates and floor exercises to stay in shape. But that’s not the same as running. It’s just not.

Sorry for the debby downer post.  I am trying to look on the bright side here – but I’m not sure there is one.

Yesterday my husband, who is a fair-weather runner and hasn’t run in months, went out and ran 6km like it was nothing. Really?  I guess I just need to remember this:

Plagued.

Since February, I have been plagued by one sort of running injury after another.  I’m starting to get annoyed.

First it was the Achilles tendon issue which resulted from too much running in the snow and running hills.  Then, as I tried to address that and started running more on the midfoot strike, I developed a calf/shin/soleus issue on the opposite leg.  I call it a shin splint (or medial tibial stress syndrome) but it also involves the soleus muscle itself and from everything I’m reading, it’s likely caused from too much mid-foot striking when I run.

“X” marks the spot. I’ve had pain right there on both legs now. Ugh.

Great!  (insert sarcastic eye roll here)

So while the Achilles tendon feels much, much better, the left leg felt awful.  So I rested, stretched, ran short distances and thought I was over the hump when I went for a short run the day before I started back to work, on March 31.  I stuck to the most natural foot fall, the heel strike, and to my amazement, not an ache at all when I ran. And more importantly, no pain a few days later.

And then I ran home from the office for the first time since starting back to work and bam! The next day, the RIGHT shin/calf/soleus started acting up.  In the exact same spot as on the LEFT.  Seriously, WTF?????

Okay, so maybe I haven’t been resting as much as I should.  Dammit, I love running and I love how it makes me feel. I don’t want to stop!  Running with my girlfriend last week was amazing!  I took Advil before the run and the leg felt great, but it’s 5 days later and it feels awful.  I totally masked the inflammation by taking the Advil, I know this.  We are supposed to run this week, so today I tried a mini run to the grocery store but had to stop after 50 meters.  50 METERS!  God dammit!

I am part of an online running group and a lot of the women there are having issues – one in particular has just been diagnosed with a tibial stress fracture after being plagued with shin splints for months.  Now, she’s a half-marathoner, so obviously running much longer distances than I am, but I fear if I keep going I may end up in the same boat.

So, I will try to listen to my body and rest up until this Wednesday.  Seven days off should be sufficient time to heal, right?  Right???

In the mean time, these will be close by.

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