Yup. I’m at an all time low. And it’s ok. I just have to get it out so I’ve invited myself to a pity party for 1 tonight. Well Duncan has already crashed the party  =)

Rest in Peace Lambchop!

Rest in Peace Lambchop!

So this morning I headed out to Brooklyn to meet up with my running peeps for a 5K and some additional pre-race miles as well.

it was super foggy on the Verrazano Bridge this morning

it was super foggy on the Verrazano Bridge this morning

A tree grows in Brooklyn (and a Mike hides behind it). Thanks Elvia for the pic.

Lisa’s new apartment….A tree grows in Brooklyn (and a Mike hides behind it). Thanks Elvia for the pic.

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Lisa, me and Mike (thanks Elvia for the pic). This was before we started running and my ankle felt good (hence the smile).

We started out from Lisa’s house and headed to JD’s house via a loop of the park making it 4 miles. From the first step my ankle felt “uncomfortable” but it wasn’t pain, just achy. We arrived at JDs and had a little breakfast and chit chat before walking to the starting line for the family-friendly PTA 5k in Prospect Park.

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walking to the start

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Elvia and Lisa =)

JD's daughter brought her scooter and her adorable disney helmet adorned with a dandelion =)

JD’s daughter brought her scooter and her adorable disney helmet adorned with a dandelion =)

As soon as we started walking to the starting line I noticed I was limping. I figured maybe the ankle just stiffened up but when the race began and I tried to run I was pretty much shut down as I felt pain at this point. So I just walked/limped and texted Lisa to let her and the gang know. She said if I wanted they’d wait for me at the Grand Army Plaza entrance which is actually only 2.5 miles from where we began and we could just head back to her house and not finish the 5K. What a great group of friends! They gave up finishing their race for me. (it was a fun run so no timing chips or medals or anything but still I was very happy they did that). It took me an hour to walk those couple of miles. We headed out of the park and straight to the farmer’s market where everyone got some goodies. I got a gluten-free apple pie.

pretty much killed the entire pie (it was smaller than a regular size but bigger than those single serve minis)

pretty much killed the entire pie (it was smaller than a regular size but bigger than those single serve minis)

Body & Soul Gluten-Free and Vegan goodies

Body & Soul Gluten-Free and Vegan goodies

 

Then we walked a few blocks down for coffee and eventually back to Lisa’s before I headed home and immediately started icing!

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So what does all this mean? It means I’m trying to make a dr. appointment ASAP. I’m still thinking it’s tendonitis but with such intense pain when I tried running again after breakfast I really got worried and started to think about other things like, eeek…. fractures. (I’ve since calmed myself down from the ledge). I know this could mean weeks of PT and rest and that means my half marathon next weekend is in jeopardy but I refuse to go beyond that. I’m also trying to devise a plan for cross-training that won’t aggravate the ankle because I feel like a slug right now. And hey, maybe this will be the catalyst to get me to focus on upper body and core strength training that i’ve been neglecting since forever.

Well, I’m late for my pity party! Catch ya later.

Question: Injuries…how do you cope? any miracle therapies to suggest? Have you ever had to bail on a race you paid for because of an injury?

2 Comments

  1. Oh, man…sorry to hear about your injury. If it makes you feel any better, I had to bail on my first marathon due to posterior tibial tendonitis. I will say that the pain was so intense that I was certain I had a stress fracture, and was actually very surprised to learn that it was just a mild case of tendonitis! I took 3 week total time off from running (during this time I started and fell in love with spinning, so it wasn’t all bad!), and was able to resume running pretty quickly again (though this time with orthotics that targeted the cause of the injury…darn my overly flexible arches!). I’ll have my fingers crossed that your injury is nothing major, and you have as speedy a recovery as I did. Hang in there!

    • Thank you so much for your reply. Crazy to thing that mild tendonitis can be that intense. Glad you recovered (and fell in love with spinning too…nice bonus!)

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