Once race eve arrives and the forecast is fixed and I haven't gotten sick or suffered a freak injury, first and foremost I am thankful, and next my thoughts move directly to worrying about sustaining an injury or getting sick during the race or anything that would prevent me from getting to the finish line.
So, naturally, when I get to the finish line, I am incredibly grateful -- and that is exactly how I felt when I received my buckle.
I needed that preface because the rest of the post may sound like whining ...
I realized going in that I might walk away (pun intended) from my 100 mile adventure with an injury of some sort, and honestly, I was just hoping it wouldn't be a broken bone from tripping in the dark. I was so incredibly grateful during the race that I didn't have even a single angle roll (big improvement for me!) and I only stubbed my toe a couple of times. I was hurting at the end of the race, but hey, it is a hundred friggin miles, it should hurt a little, right?
Well, here we are three weeks later and my knee is still hurt, and what's worse for me as a type-A planner, the ART doctor is not sure what is wrong with it. I have been foam rolling, stretching and getting ART a couple of times a week for the better part of two weeks now and my knee has not improved at all.
I can bike, do the elliptical, yoga and some P90x, but running? I can't make it more than a quarter of a mile without the stabbing pain that makes me pull up lame. I am thankful to at least have other forms of exercise that do not hurt, but I want to run again, or at least know when I will be able to run again!
The pain is odd - stabbing/fire pain on the outside of my knee and near the fibular head, that comes when my knee is bent, typically after walking downstairs, walking after extended periods of driving, crossing my legs for too long or sleeping with my knee bent. I haven't tried to run through it because I have been trying to be good and I certainly don't want to exacerbate it.
I have "passed" all of the clinical test, meaning I exhibit no pain when asked to push or resist the doctor at various angles. That should be good news because it should mean that I do not have a tear or anything "serious", but if it were my IT band, it should be getting better by now, and honestly, my right leg (the side of the injury), is feeling pretty darn loose otherwise. I do have muscle imbalances - strong quads and weak glutes, so I am working on strengthening my glutes, but my knee pain still eludes me.
I had x-rays done, which as expected, showed nothing, other than my right leg is 3 mm shorter than my left leg, so I need to add a lift to my right orthotic. Good to know. X-rays were step one before potentially getting an MRI if the pain doesn't stop. So what's next in the mean time? A week of seeing how things go with a re-evaluation the first week in March, which will be a month post race.
So, while I not-so-patiently wait to get better, I try to remind myself that this too shall pass, to be thankful for a successful race and to enjoy some much needed unstructured training and time off.
Although, honestly, all of that would be easier to swallow, if I knew what was wrong so I knew how to fix it ...
Oh, and ironically, I vaguely remember telling my pacer Eric I wasn't go to run for 2 months after the race - runner's intuition?
Have you had an undetermined injury and how did you overcome it?