I went to the doctor yesterday. (Well, the P.A. if you want to be technical about it).
On Monday afternoon, I noticed that for the first time in seven full days, my back was pain free. I was absolutely thrilled by this, but decided I’d take one more scheduled day off of running and then get back into it on Friday.
On Monday night, I was late for a meeting. Since running is obviously faster than walking, I elected to run. I noticed two things on this run:
Thing #1: My endurance is higher than I realized, as I’ve run the same distance in similar situations before and always finished winded, but on Monday I was barely breathing hard. Perhaps because I was too distracted by…
Thing #2: My back IS NOT healed.
Literally within the first step of my run my back began to hurt again. Since I
am an idiot really needed to get to that meeting, I kept running. It was less than two blocks, so it shouldn’t have been a big deal. But oh BABY was it a big deal. A lying-on-the-floor-with-a-bag-of-frozen-corn-because-I-don’t-have-ice kind of big deal. A pain-is-now-also-in-the-back-of-my-leg-and-that-can’t-be-good kind of big deal.
Sick and tired of all of this business, I went to the health center on campus yesterday. The P.A. didn’t give me an official “diagnosis,” other than telling me I’m uneven (which I could’ve told you…pretty sure it’s not normal to have one side of your waist curve in noticeably farther than the other). Since I never allowed myself to heal after injuring myself five weeks ago or so (see: I am an idiot), every single time I ran I aggravated the problem. My marching orders:
#1: Prescription strength ibuprofen 3x/day for the next week.
#2: No running. No elliptical-ing. No biking.
#3: No pretty shoes for seven days. All footwear must be supportive.
On the bright side, this has (mostly) worked wonders. I’m (generally) pain free now, so yay. Obviously I’m pretty bummed out about not being able to run, especially since my back doesn’t hurt at the moment. The P.A. told me I can swim because that’s low-impact, so I swam for exercise for the first time in my life today. My back did hurt after I finished (hence the “mostly” and “generally”), but the pain was much more localized than it had been and it went away within an hour or so.
I went to a running clinic last night, and after the presentation on shoes, socks, and running clothes (which I was so geeked about…I’ve turned into such a runnerd) I asked the presenter how I can make sure I don’t re-injure myself when I can finally start running again. She told me to start out really slow, like back at Weeks 1 and 2 of the Couch to 5K running plan. After three or four weeks of that (which is four or five weeks from now), I should be able to get back to the 2.5 to 3 miles I was putting in on my most recent runs. Since my planned 5K is 10 days away, that clearly cannot happen. 😦
At this point, I just want to get better. I’m tired of dealing with this, and I have some big running goals for the first half of next year that are really more important to me than this baby 5K. I’m still bummed, but if this is what will make me feel better, then so be it. As long as I can at least keep swimming I’ll be all right (maybe it’ll turn me into a triathlete?).
Sorry for a super long and picture-less post. I just broke all the rules of good blogging. Alas.
Injury survival stories? Give me hope, please!