Monday, April 20, 2015

The Peaks and Valleys of Injury Recovery

Today was the 119th Boston Marathon. The Super Bowl of running!! (Or, is the Super Bowl the Boston Marathon of football?) What was once the most popular race has now become a worldwide inspiration. Since the bombings 2 years ago (my race report here) victims have overcome insurmountable odds and runners themselves have climbed their own figurative Mount Everest. While it is laughable to compare myself to the victims of the bombings, unfortunately it looks like I'm also on the uphill portion of my own Mt Everest climb.  My leg isn't healed, not by a long shot.

Of course, the irony of having a busy last week is that I wasn't able to post any updates on my training or how my leg was feeling. I really need to blog more so that my ups and downs of injury recovery aren't back to back.  One post I'm singing: "YAY I'M HEALED!"  where in the next post a week later I'm moping around saying  "CRAP I"M STILL HURT".  If you want the happy post, check it out here or below.  This post is going to be more on the Debbie Downer side.

Back when I was coaching and one of my athletes was significantly injured, I would always remind them of a saying I loved: "Recovery isn't linear. It will not go in a straight line from injured to healed, instead you'll have lots of setbacks and surges forward before you're 100%".  Rarely do people wake up from a coma like they were slapped on the ass unexpectedly like on TV and rarely do injuries heal like we want.  Over the past week my knee has creaked and my hamstring had groaned. Pointing to the obvious fact that I am no where near as healed as I thought last weekend.

My knee and hamstring have, at times, felt both amazing and quite painful. $525 worth of Active Release Therapy and Physical Therapy over the course of the last 6 weeks have put me into a place similar to where I started. Essentially, no improvement. THAT is probably the frustrating part - the fact that I wasted not only money but TIME to be where I was 2 months ago with a sore knee/hamstring and nothing else to show for it.  Poor Laura had to listen to me rant about it for 30 minutes this morning. Dating me is so glamorous.

So, it is back to the drawing board on my recovery.  Doctor Google says that I might have a torn meniscus or maybe brain cancer that has spread to my knee, so it is probably time to bite the bullet and go to my normal sports medicine doc and get an MRI. I really hate to spend even more money, but my normal Rx of "not running" doesn't seem to be working at all.

So, more of the same is in store for me for the time being. By that I mean no running. As Sean said on twitter last week "The Boring Cyclist doesn't quite have the same ring to it" which I 100% agree with. So, I'll do everything within my power to get back to form. Until then, I'll be in this valley, keeping a lookout for the next peak to climb.

9 comments:

Laura said...

Did you ask your doctor about E.coli of the knee? That is another distinct possibility.

fueledbylolz.com said...

Muscle injuries are so frustrating. You feel like you are finally healing, only to be injured again. I can completely relate to that one. My leg took over 2 months of that back and forth and one day (read last week) it just didn't hurt...and now hasn't (knock on wood).

One Crazy Penguin said...

Knees and hamstrings seriously suck. My knees and I have definitely had our ups and down. Hopefully the MRI will tell you what is wrong though.

And I like the smooth drop of dating Laura. Happy for you two :)

One Crazy Penguin said...

Knees and hamstrings seriously suck. My knees and I have definitely had our ups and down. Hopefully the MRI will tell you what is wrong though.

And I like the smooth drop of dating Laura. Happy for you two :)

Al's CL Reviews said...

The price of the MRI, if you haven't met your deductible, will make you cry. I got one in March that basically told me the source of my pain was no longer a cracked pelvis, but just that it rained a lot.

Feel better. I hope the MRI tells you what you want it to.

Gracie said...

Tough discovery I made several injuries ago - always go to the doc first. I ended up poorer and worse off after chiropractic care.

Pam @ herbieontherun.com said...

In direct contrast to what Gracie said... I wish I'd never gone to the doctor. I've now met my year's deductible on x-rays and an MRI that were all completely fucking normal, so I was referred to physical therapy who referred me to an acupuncturist and back to chiropractic care, who in turn referred me to massage therapy... I've got a smooth grand in my hip now with not a damn thing to show for it. It is less painful in my daily activities now, but I'm scared to death to try to run on it again for fear of a setback.

Sue's Ramblings said...

This sucks! :(

The Real Deal said...

Oy! I hear that. I lost 2 years of running and am beginning the slow crawl/climb back. Feels a lot like starting from scratch.

Also, that bit about waking up from a coma dissolved me into a pile of giggles as I imagined someone going around a hospital slapping coma patients on the ass. O_o !!!

Good luck with knee-version of "brain cancer"...