Because I was sure my injury was a hamstring pull I didn’t go to the doctor. I knew pulled hamstrings took time to heal so I gave it time. 2 weeks off, followed by 7 of the easiest weeks I’ve done in a long time with numerous rest days thrown in. However, I finally admitted the truth when week 10 was just as bad a week one. Running, walking, sitting breathing… everything hurts me leg.
I caved…. doctor time (which I probably should had done forever ago, before I convinced myself it was just a pulled hamstring). Apparently I learn lessons best the hard way.
Forget the hospital gown – runners get hospital shorts! Sexy one size fits all shorts. They even told me to take them home because they were just going to throw them away. So I did, because they are awesomely horrible and I want to show up somewhere in them (just because).
So anyways after finishing half my injury tale I heard the word “tore” as in – “It isn’t healing because your hamstring probably tore.”… ahhhhh….
Then after a million questions the hamstring was narrowed out and the doctor now thinks it is sciatic nerve damage – a pinch, pull, twist, rupture, etc. As it was Friday afternoon I have to go back on Tuesday to learn more. Really hoping for a final diagnosis (and praying for a referral to an actual sports med doctor).
I’m ready to find out what is wrong, learn how I can treat it, and get on with this.
My dream for this marathon cycle was to become faster. I had planned out hills, speed work, HIIT workouts, and even strength training. I was going to dominate and be in the best shape of my life. I’ve been injured the whole time. Not a single one of those goals will be met. I could be really negative about it and mark this whole marathon training cycle up as a failure, or I could decide to shine my own little ray of sunshine.
Maybe this training cycle wasn’t about becoming a faster or stronger runner… maybe, just maybe, my body is teaching me to become a smarter runner. The type of runner who listens to their body (novel concept right?). Sucks, rough lesson learned, but I want to keep running for years and years to come so maybe I’ll become a better running not in spite of this, but because of it.
Have any of you ever had sciatic nerve damage?
Another running injury?
How’d you deal?
Just got back from 3 months off and not sure I can handle it again without going stir crazy!