Friday, February 27, 2009

Injury



If I've learned anything in my 30's as an athlete, it is to take injuries seriously. If you push through an injury now, it'll only make the recovery and time off from running longer.

A couple of weeks ago at my track workout, I tripped on a shoelace and fell flat on my face. I brushed myself off, tried not to look completely embarrassed, and kept running. My hands were a bit raw from scraping the track, but otherwise I felt great.

When I got home, my left adductor thigh muscles were sore. I iced them, and the soreness went away.

Four days later, I ran my marathon. Around mile six, I started feeling that soreness again. It was a mild nagging pain that went away by mile 10, and caused me no trouble thereafter.
Then, with each successive run, it's nagging me even more. I ran 8 miles on Sunday with it sore most of the run, then took three days off and on Wednesday it was back again with a vengeance.

Now I am taking a week off. I'll be doing lots of biking and swimming, and maybe a couple of power hill walks (though I'll be tempted to run... but I won't). I'll also be icing twice a day and taking my ibuprofen.
Image from marathonracerunning.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh boy, as a 60 something triathlete, I can only say, you are more right than you can imagine in your 30s! Don't hesitate to find a really good PT who is very sports oriented and who can help you figure out better ways of moving to really correct whatever is going on. Believe me, I'm speaking from experience :)! This may be a case when you don't want to doctor yourself!