In my six years of running, Iâ€™ve been a luckyÂ runner. Iâ€™ve run four marathons and 25+ half-marathons without too many issues. I generally up my mileage slowly and responsibly, and Iâ€™m good at stopping at the first sign of injury. I have battled runnerâ€™s knee a few times, but Iâ€™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 bagÂ back from the subway. I dismissed it, and kept on with my regular running schedule andÂ did LTF andÂ 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 LineÂ to get fixed up. I was on the verge of tears of frustration, and I walked in and saw AbbyÂ immediately and got a huge hug. It turned out that she was observing with the PT thatâ€™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. Itâ€™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 couldnâ€™t run, and how much I realized I depend on those endorphins. She reminded me to really enjoy what I couldÂ do.
Iâ€™m cleared to do yoga, the elliptical (WOO HOOâ€¦) and swimming. I quit NYHRC a few months back because I was sick of the tiny pool, but Iâ€™m going to look to see if there are any pools in the area I can drop in to, and for now Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m cleared to run, Iâ€™m going to make the best of what I canÂ do and back off anything if it starts hurting.
Have you ever been injured while training for something? How did you deal?