Wednesday I had my MRI first thing in the morning and despite knowing it wasn’t going to hurt, I was kind of terrified. I can imagine how scary that is for a child, especially if they have to be sucked into the entire machine! Thankfully, I was in just past my hips and it only lasted about half an hour. The worst part was that the tech wanted to get just my right leg in the image so I had my left leg bent and pushing against the tunnel. It wasn’t bad for about five minutes, but soon after my glutes were on fire and I could feel the muscle start to shake. Don’t worry — my butt survived, even if I was walking a little funny afterwards.
My response to him was something along the lines of, “But now I have nothing to blame my pain on!” and it’s the truth. So if I’m not fractured, why does it hurt so bad to run all up my ankle? Isn’t this new form and stride supposed to prevent injuries, in addition to making me quicker, lighter, and an all around more efficient runner?
We chatted on the phone about my “game plan” and he assured me I do have something to blame it on: soft tissue.
- Aggressive soft tissue massage in physical therapy — probably two more visits (thankfully because my insurance changes and copay will go from $10/visit to $35/visit in January, so uhhhh no.)
- Foam roll, foam roll, foam roll — concentrating on the inside of my calf (so glad I asked for the Roll Recovery R8 for Christmas because foam rolling the inner calf is practically impossible for me.)
- Starting slow again — one or two minutes running, one or two minutes walking (so, so, so slow)
I asked if that last bullet means I cannot run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving (ours is an 8k), but alas — I can! “Just expect to be really sore afterwards!” That’s a small price to pay for the ability to run again.
I’m going to continue using the elliptical as a cross training tool while I’m getting back into running, though. Besides enjoying the Turkey Trot next Thursday, I will not be racing until the Lake Effect Half Marathon at the end of February. It’s funny because the past two I trained for, I had 4 months of solid half marathon based training because they were THE goal race. Not this time, no speed workout for this puppy, just getting up to 13 miles safely (and I know I will be there before I know it). I’m sticking with MAF training probably almost until the race. Who knows, maybe I’ll continue it beyond the half marathon until I feel comfortable adding in some marathon geared speed work, but very, very slowly.
Clearly I’m still trying to convince myself MAF training is the way to go during these winter months… the more I say I’m going to do it and it’s a good idea, maybe I’ll eventually believe it.
Cheers to running again!