Categories: Injury, Marathon Training, Marine Corps Marathon, pool running, Tensor Fascia Latae
What do you do when you have an injury that just won’t quit? Last fall I took a DNS at not one but two fall marathons. Fast forward to this year: My strained tensor fascia seemed to be healing up nicely:
- 9/16: I celebrated a pain-free 16 mile long run
- 9/22: I ran a slow but pain-free half marathon in Denver
- Last week of September: I seemed to be back on track with a 6 mile run containing the fastest mile repeats I’ve done all year and 10 miles at marathon pace. All pain free.
- But it all came crashing down just 5 miles into my 18 mile long run. Hip pain returned so I shut it down. Hindsight tells me I needed more recovery time after that 10 miler.
Runfession: I have not been able to run pain-free since 9/27.
I haven’t been back to my Sports Chiro either. $$$$ later, I just can’t throw more money into this. I’m doing strengthening exercises, performing a homemade version of Graston technique involving Biofreeze and a teaspoon, stretching, icing, resting. The only thing missing is the electrical stim.
Last week I attempted two 5 milers but took walk breaks after 3 miles due to hip paranoia. It was ominously tender afterward. I’ve been cycling like a fiend, for whatever that’s worth.
Yesterday was to be my final 20-mile run, before a 2-week taper–haha!. Not wanting to press my luck further, I headed to the pool. It was a nasty windy/rainy day. After less than 30 minutes, the pool closed due to lightning. I’m being backed into a corner training-wise, but we already knew that.
The Zooma Great Lakes Half Marathon is this Saturday. I’ve considered power walking it. Maybe the better option at this point is to do the 5k and churn out the remainder in the pool.
I know this is a first-world problem. Life’s way of teaching me something…of kicking me out of my comfort zone. I’m trying to see beyond the frustration and listen.
This is the first training cycle where I’ve actually missed runs. Although I simulated a few long runs with a combo of cycling and pool running, the longest I’ve run on land is 16 miles. But obstinance trumps wisdom this time around because I am not backing down and taking a DNS at Marine Corps. I’ll run as long as I can. If my hip hurts, I’ll walk. Certainly not the scenario I’d hoped for but it is what it is. There’s a cutoff: I need to maintain a 14:00/mile pace to ‘beat the bridge’ at mile 20 or they’ll force me kicking and screaming into the sag wagon. I never had a time goal for this race, all I ever hoped for was to enjoy it.
Thank you if you made it through this therapy-couch post. It may be ridiculous, but I need to finish what I started.
Have you finished a marathon injured/very poorly trained?
Would you do an easy 5k the week before a marathon?