Thursday, May 15, 2014

Patience is a Virtue

It’s no secret that I have been battling knee pain for a while. After sticking to the elliptical and other means of physical fitness for a while, and yes, participating in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon not too long ago, I have been rather patient with my injury. Even through my frustration, I understood that it happens to many people and that I guess I had to learn the hard way to take a step back and figure out what was wrong in my running journey. There are two big factors which I should have done differently, and will make sure I do differently in the future.

1) Hills. I need to incorporate more hill training so that I will not be susceptible to injury when running them. I the extreme downhill portions of the Alamo 13.1 half marathon was a big part of my downfall.

2) Recovery. Although I did take the steps to properly recover after my first full marathon, I did not allow enough time for recovery after the Woodlands Marathon. I did easy running the week after, then went and ran another half marathon three weeks later. I should have taken a week or two off completely. Not only that, but after I ran the Alamo 13.1, I drove 3 hours from San Antonio to Houston. Sitting for that long after all that running probably was not the best idea.

All this realized and being said, I feel like my patience is running low. Random little things that normally wouldn’t stress me out, do in fact, stress me out. I NEED running in my life to keep my body from building up stress. Sweating alone isn’t enough. Yoga isn’t enough. I need the peace that running brings to my mind, body, and life.

I am writing this now because this past Monday, after a week and weekend full of packing, moving, unpacking, cleaning, and organizing, I needed a run. I went to the gym and stepped on the treadmill full of hope and nervousness and pressed the start button. I ran an easy pace – 10:30 min/mile. I made it a quarter of a mile before I felt a twinge and stopped at 0.4 miles. I couldn’t even go half a mile. I wanted to just sit and cry. I chose to sweat it out instead, so I hopped on the elliptical for 30 minutes then went home and tried to keep myself distracted from wallowing in my own disappointment.

I feel like I am doing everything I need to – stretching, foam rolling, yoga, strength training. I guess I need more time. Time that I just do not want to give. I can only hope that what I am doing will heal me soon!

Be patient in Physical Therapy for running injuries.

QOTD: Have you ever felt frustrated in being sidelined from running?

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  1. I'm sidelined right now as well and it is driving me nuts!! I truly do need running in my life. I really hope your knee gets better soon!

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    1. Thanks Courtney! I hope you feel better soon!

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  2. I'm feeling everything you mentioned above. I've been doing recovery the right way since last summer. Resting, weight lifting, rolling, stretching, icing, and yoga. I even walked the Donald because I knew I couldn't run and train properly to run it. My knee is still twinging and I'm about ready to pull the trigger and ask either my PT or doctor for a cortisone shot, and I HATE needles.

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    1. I can't believe how long you've been injured... and still having knee twinges? Goodness gracious. I hope your PT can help you out!

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    2. My PT will have to play the role of sports psychologist.

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    3. Love the new blog name! :0)

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  3. I hope your knees get back into shape quickly! I'm out for a little bit as well while my orthotics gets adjusted-sigh. Hopefully we're both back in the game soon!

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    1. Thank you! Agreed - I hope we are both back to running soon!

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  4. I'm so sorry and know how frustrating it is to not be able to do what you love. Just keep reminding yourself that rest is what will allow you to run in the future, I know it doesn't always help, but its worth reminding yourself of it! Hugs!!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Sara...hugs!

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  5. I know it's tough but I also know you have it in you to hang in there! Good luck!

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  6. Good luck with your knee but Lauren be patient. So many runners refuse to take the necessary time to recover after races, and admittedly, I have done race challenges such as Goofy and Dopey that are clearly not the best idea. I read somewhere that you take a week off after a half marathon and two weeks after a full with no running whatsoever. I did that after my marathon in March and was very excited to lace up my shoes that fifteenth day. So far, so good with no injuries.....

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    1. Thank you so much for the advice... I know I have definitely learned my lesson and won't push myself during recovery periods next time. I won't run until I know for sure that I can comfortably, but I am really excited to get back out there when that times comes!

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  7. Just keep reminding yourself you're in this for the long haul and rest now will pay dividends later! I hate that it is still not back to normal for you. Sending good vibes! - Jess

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  8. I'm so sorry :( It does get frustrating when you NEED to work out & your body is fighting you against it. I've been doing good holding off on the running because T25 is a sweat factory. maybe you can venture into other cross trainings & try to find something that helps burn that stress. Having patience bites sometimes... hang in there.

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    1. Exactly. I will be finding other ways to stay with the fitness - I do need to strengthen my core and glutes!

      Thanks Rebecca!

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  9. :0( I'm so sorry. I completely know the disappointment you are feeling right now but trust me, it WILL get better. ((hugs))

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  10. Awww, Lauren. So sorry you're sidelined :( I've been there too and it's the worst feeling. So much of the time in running we are pushing ourselves through the mental barriers of increasing our pace and distance. Unfortunately our bodies sometimes just hit the brakes - no matter how mentally motivated we still are to keep going. I was in agonizing back pain after my first marathon, laying on the couch just so because if I moved, the pain was unbearable. Yet at the same time, my mind was fighting it hard, telling me to "go run!". I felt so guilty, frustrated, and sad that I wasn't running. Try not to worry and give yourself a well deserved rest break for your knee to recover. You'll make it through this, Lauren!

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    1. Guilt and frustration is exactly it. I will be actively trying to find more patience and more ways to stay in shape. Thank you Denise for the advice and encouraging words!

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  11. Being sidelined from running makes me K-razy. A special kind of crazy. I see runners on the street and think "oh look at you, aren't you so special, YOU can run..." Totally irrational, but there it is. Just focus on the day when you'll be running again, it will come!!

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    1. A very special kind of crazy lol! I am excited to get back to it!

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  12. Years ago, I had some knee pain for a long time and wondered if I'd ever run again. Then it went away and I was able to run again. I guess my knee just needed to rest. Hope you're well soon!

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    1. And now you are doing ultras!! This makes me feel so much better - thanks Tina!

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  13. I totally feel your pain! I was sidelined for 16 months only go get a few months in before I am off it again at least for a few more weeks.
    But I think your on the right track, having patience is the key! I know a lot of runners who ran through pain, and never gave things time to heal and now they have pretty much ruined their life for running. Which is why I was okay to take time off (sure it's never easy, it's actually miserable watching all your friends and family running races) but by taking the time we need to heal, we will eventually get to run again, rather than ruin our bodies for life! My fingers will be crossed that your knee pain will get better soon and you'll be able to get back into it all like you love to as soon as possible!!!

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    1. I really hope your foot is better soon, especially with your hiking trip coming up!

      I definitely will not run through pain. Soreness, yes - pain, no. Thanks for the encouragement Kristy!

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  14. Ugh. So sorry to hear your knee is still bothering you. I know it's incredibly frustrating to be sidelined, but at the same time, it sounds like you're doing what's best for your body and finding other ways to stay active. I know exactly what you mean in that you NEED running in your life. Wishing you the best and hope you're completely on the mend ASAP! I'm sure with a little more time you'll be back and stronger than ever!

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    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! I know I am being safe but it is very begrudgingly, lol!

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