I told you in my vlog yesterday how I had my suspicions, but I went to my sports med chiro today and those suspicions have been confirmed – I have Plantar Fasciitis.
This terrifies my because I am currently only 6 weeks out from Marine Corp Marathon which is my ultimate dream race, a race I made a tearful decision to defer last year due to injury.
I cannot do that again, I will not do that again, not when I am so close.
This is just so frustrating because I have been trying to be smart about my training and have been working hard on listening to my body:
– I cut down from running 5 days to 4.
– I have been taking it easy and not pushing the pace with my speed work.
– I have limited myself to 30 miles a week.
– I have been stretching, foam rolling, and icing like it is my job.
– I get a sports massage once a month.
– I see my sports med chiro every single week.
– I am working hard to recover from my glute activation issues. (Oh yes, I already have 1 injury.)
Yet, even with all I have done to make sure I get to this marathon I keep getting injured. I feel like I have had my full share of injuries, plus enough for about 4 other people. Ughhh….
I felt so disappointed when I found out, my brain and my body both want to cry, I can feel the sadness welling up; however, no tears will come – it is as though my body refuses to cry over running injuries anymore. I guess that means it is time for me to deal with this and move on.
So what now?
– venting to you all and my amazing marathon buddy Sarah (MomRunningOnEmpty)
– stretches everyday before I get out of bed in the morning
– calf and ankle stretches all day long
– rolling it out on a ball as often as possible
– compression socks and KT tape for every run
– illegally breaking my teacher dress code by wearing my Mizunos to work instead of dress shoes(All my work pants are dirty. How will these bad boys look with a dress/skirt tomorrow? Totally cool right? Only a runner…)
I cannot help but feel like I have been smacked with some horrid running injury curse because I feel like I am telling you all every other week how broken I am.
I love running so much and I don’t want to ever stop, I won’t ever stop, but sometimes I wonder how sane I am to keep going. I guess the answer is that maybe I am not, maybe I am a bit crazy. Normal people would have probably stopped dozens of injuries and thousands of dollars in medical bills ago, but I guess I’ve never really been what one considers normal.
So I push on, I hope, and I pray that at some point I will be able to complete a training cycle injury free, to see what I am capable of, to push myself without fear of aggravating my current injury, to learn what it feels like to be a healthy runner. One day, hopefully someday soon, I have faith that I will learn what it is like to run injury free, but today is not that day.
Sorry for the venting. I have to get things off my chest in order to move on.
Basically you all are my therapy, but much cheaper (no copay and all).
How should I move on when the injury bug keeps biting me? Tips? (physical or mental)