Monday, September 28, 2009

The Smallest of Victory

I thought that I should give an update on where I am at with my injury. It has been a pretty solid two weeks without any substantial runs. I have a serious case of taper madness that just won't quit. Right now I have this little voice in the back of my head that keeps saying:

-- You are taking off a lot of time, you are going to loose so much fitness.
-- Are you going to be ready for Rock and Roll Arizona?
-- Burn things!
-- Should you really have ANOTHER beer? You're not running, remember?
-- I swear to god, if you make me watch another reality show, I'm outta here.

But, I am seeing small gains in strength and pain management. I even went on a 1 mile very short run on Friday! I am going to follow it up with 3 miles today and see how it goes. The trick is that I have shortened my stride and slowed down substantially - from about a 8:00 pace to 9:30 or so. That seems to have done the trick. Well, at least for that mile.

I am still going to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine doctor. The main reason is that I have a lingering fear that I may have a stress fracture. I have a fairly sharp pain on my shin bone that only hurts when I press on it. So, you know what? I haven't pressed on it! Problem solved. It is either a stress fracture or it is soreness where my ITBS connects to the bone. (It is waaaay up high.) Self diagnosis? You bet - but it is OK, I stayed at a Holiday Inn.

I am nearly positive that I am not going to run the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday. I'm disappointed, but I would rather rest and be ready for 2010. Don't run for next week, run for next years - run for a lifetime. At least that is what I am telling myself now.

11 comments:

RazZDoodle said...

hey! My voice says "burn things" too! Small world.

Ulyana said...

"burn things" lol

Oh yeah, heal first and then run again - for a lifetime. It's been an awesome year of running for you - you did have a bitchin marathon PR this year and, not to mention, the 5K PR's! So, rest up, and then next year will be full of new PR's.

The Sean said...

have a beer for me, I will have one for you. I would probably stay away from that Marathon too... do you bike at all??

Michelle said...

Adam I 100% think you are doing the right thing! Healing up and running healthy in 2010 is the way to go dude!!

Of course I am sorry about the pain but you know what you have to do!!!

Pat said...

you and the misses should do the 5k race on Saturday morning. It's at the finish line in St. Paul, then go to the expo.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

thanks for your comment over on Runner Dude's blog post today :)

Erin said...

I wish you the best of luck with your injury recovery. It sounds like you are making the right call on taking your time to heal!

sRod said...

A painful but very, very wise move. Keep on nursing that leg back to 100% before you do any serious running.

aron said...

you are being verrrry smart. i imagine i would be going crazy.

OhMyLaughter said...

Gahhhh. I know how you feel. I've been there. IT SUCKS.

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