In my six years of running, I’ve been a lucky runner. I’ve run four marathons and 25+ half-marathons without too many issues. I generally up my mileage slowly and responsibly, and I’m good at stopping at the first sign of injury. I have battled runner’s knee a few times, but I’ve generally been back running within a week.
This time, though, is a little different. I started feeling this back/glute pain early last week after lugging a heavy bag back from the subway. I dismissed it, and kept on with my regular running schedule and did LTF and Pilates at work on top of my runs both days. Dumb. By the time I finished Pilates on Wednesday night, I could barely walk without being in terrible pain. But since I was going away, I resolved to take it easy at the beach and take care of it when I got back.
So Tuesday, I headed over to Finish Line to get fixed up. I was on the verge of tears of frustration, and I walked in and saw Abby immediately and got a huge hug. It turned out that she was observing with the PT that’s working on me, so while Caroline worked into my soft tissue, Abby kept me distracted.
Turns out PT Friend Meg was right, and I am having some disc issues. It’s really common in active women in their late 20s/early 30s, she said. And, yup. My boss/favorite person Jordan struggled with the same thing last year. We were chatting yesterday and I told her how frustrated I was that I couldn’t run, and how much I realized I depend on those endorphins. She reminded me to really enjoy what I could do.
I’m cleared to do yoga, the elliptical (WOO HOO…) and swimming. I quit NYHRC a few months back because I was sick of the tiny pool, but I’m going to look to see if there are any pools in the area I can drop in to, and for now I’m doing a whole bunch of yoga/yoga-ish classes, like my beloved Uplift Sculpt Fusion.
Hopefully this should only be for a week or two, but until I’m cleared to run, I’m going to make the best of what I can do and back off anything if it starts hurting.
Have you ever been injured while training for something? How did you deal?