Friday, December 30, 2016

If It's Not One Thing...

If it's not one thing, it's another... Or at least that's what it seems like lately with my running.

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As most of you know, if you've been following along with me on my running journey lately, I have had a bum hip. The issue started before my last full marathon, which was on October 2nd, but really 'blew up' after my race (I'm so thankful that I was able to run a BQ time at that race before the pain really set in). I have been running since, but I would say for the last seven weeks or so my training has been greatly impacted... doing a lot more biking, yoga, walking, etc.


The hubby and I are currently between insurance since he started a new job at the beginning of November (thankfully it will kick in on January 1st), so the only 'professional' opinion/ help that I have been able to get on my hip was from my chiropractor. She believes that it was my psoas muscle. I did a series of adjustments, modified my workouts, used an electronic pulse massager to try and get the issues worked out, stretched, rolled, shed some tears, etc.

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Thankfully a couple weeks ago I would say that the pain let up. Don't get me wrong, the hip still felt funky (which I could feel when I was running and it was especially obvious when I was stretching since I had very little flexibility or mobility on the right side), but I was stoked to be pain free.


Well, shortly after my hip started playing nice, my next few runs had major stomach issues. I will spare you the details, but I would legit be running from bathroom to bathroom on them. I don't know if it was what I was eating, when during the day I was running, or just that my stomach was no longer used to being jostled around on runs. It happened on any of my runs that were over 4 miles and the problem lasted for at least 2 weeks.


Once the stomach issues subsided I was hopeful that I could get back into my Phoenix Marathon training plan. [Originally I was planning on attempting to run a sub 3:30, but with the way my body has been acting lately I know that my goals will be greatly impacted and finishing the distance will be the main priority for the race now.] My speed was greatly affected (and I would say that my hip is still not 100% so I am taking runs easy while building up my distance/ base), but I was hoping I could at least run consistently, happily, and pain-free...


I guess the joke was on me. When we were back in Michigan visiting family for the holidays, we went to a trampoline park with our nephews... Well, let's just say my fibromyalgia + jumping on trampolines did NOT lead to living happily ever after... It has been over a week since our jumping adventure and my back is still screwed up. I think the error wasn't so much in jumping, but we had a 'race' where we would jump, then twist around, and then jump to the next trampoline. The whipping myself around in a circle I think is where my downfall arose.


Since then I have got in my runs (although the 13.1 miles I was supposed to do while in Michigan had to be broken up into two runs), but they have been rough. The heating pad and Tylenol are my new (old) best friends. It legit hurts to take deep breaths most of the time. I am doing my best to listen to my body, but also trying my hardest to get in the mileage necessary to be able to complete the Phoenix Marathon in February (and the Los Angeles Marathon in March).


Here's to hoping my body starts feeling like its old self soon and I can get back to being able to #RunHappy...

What's the longest you've had to deal with an injury?

9 comments:

TriGirl said...

Oh my gosh! You're not kidding--it really has been one thing after another!! That really blows. I was sidelined for months with achilles issues a few years back. I had to stop running altogether for awhile, which was pure torture. I've had hip issues too, and for me it was how I was using my muscles (or not using them) while running.

I hope things get better quickly! Then maybe I can say hello in person when you come to LA in March!

Paula Villadelgado said...

OMG! I am so sorry you are experiencing so many troubles. I hope in January you get answers and return to your "normal" running whatever that might be after seeing a doctor. As for me, my hamstring had issues after my first full in May (Napa I was feeling it), but i just figured I wasn't stretching enough. Went into another training cycle only to have it worsened in September and extended to my entire hamstring and glue. My bad for not listening and truly resting. I had to decrease my running significantly and scrap any hopes of running a fall half for a PR. Worse is that all flexibility is gone. I went from being able to touch my toes to barely being able to get past my knees. So I'm working to get that back and some speed and mileage. It's all my fault for many reason. Not nearly as severe as what you are experiencing but I can relate a little.

Kris Youn said...

Bless your sweet heart! ❤ I've been on the "one thing after another" train too! Ugh. The good news is by Monday you can get into the doctor to see if anything else is going on. Keep us posted darling!

Susan Ruff said...

Ugh that stinks! I had surgery to repair my perineal tendon in my ankle in sept. Haven't run since. I finish PT next week. Really scared to start running! Good luck!

Steffany Rubel said...

Take it easy! Your body is clearly telling you something and it's not letting up. I know your race is coming up but I would more focus on long term goals. You worked too hard for that BQ to not give it your all.

Erika Carter said...

Carlee I'm sorry you have been dealing with so many set backs. It's frustrating, I know. Being and school full time and taking care of three kids and a husband has left me with no time to train. I am seriously considering dropping my full into a half in February and trying not to let it get to me. When I look at the big picture I wonder if God was trying to tell me something. The last week I have been doing a lot of resting and relaxing and not feeling guilty. I think it's what I am supposed to be doing right now. Love you girl, chin up, let's get out there together soon. Even if it's for a walk or a hike!

Reca Porter said...

That sucks you are dealing with so many issues. I know my chiropractor and massage therapist helps with my nagging hip issues that we think are psoas related. I'm coming back from a stress fracture to run a 15k in 22 days, but now I have perineal tendinitis that's keeping me slow and I plan to rest it once I get through the 15k. We are tough and will get through whatever we are faced with to run,

John Hykes said...

Brutal. Hope you get it all worked out! As for me, I'm just now going to PT for an injury that's...2 years old. Haha. Bum knee that creeks and pops all the time, with some weakness. Luckily, the work seems to be helping.

Here's to a healthy 2017 for both of us!

Jamie Theriault said...

I had a psoas pull last February and trained through it for Boston. I was able to run, but very uncomfortably, but because it never healed, it continued to be bothersome for me. It threw my gait off and the alignment of my hips so much that I was left with a pelvic (sacral) stress fracture on July 4th, and was out for 8 weeks and have spent the last 3 months building back up. It took until the beginning of November for my psoas to completely heal. This has been my ONLY injury (or, two injuries really) in 12+ years of running.

Psoas injuries stink - there is no way to fully rest them - it is irritated by sitting and by standing.I was unable to do core work or planks until the beginning of December (10 months, unable to do core workout without AWFUL pain).

I hope yours heals way faster than mine does. I was deceived by thinking that since I COULD run on it, I should run, and that led me to a stress fracture. Play it safe and hopefully you will be back way quicker (and with less pain) than I!