Four more days until Around the Bay 2017!!!!
Well…I wish I could say I’m ready to go. But I’m not. Not because of lack of training or motivation, but because of an unusual injury that has reared its ugly head over the last week and a half.
A couple of Thursdays ago it was quite cold here (actually it is cold again today but that is how it goes in Ontario this time of year), so I wanted to get a really good 8km in and maybe do a little speed work or intervals. I decided to head over to my gym and use the treadmill. Now, I am not a fan of the treadmill, but see its necessity especially in our climate and conditions.
I ran a really great 8km with some intervals training mixed in and felt quite good, both physically and mentally.
The next day, there was a little tweek on the outside of my right knee. I ignored it. I rested the Friday and ran 8 km on Saturday. After my run on Saturday, it was a little sore but still, not that bad. Sunday was long run day and we set out for 18km. I finished but was definitely in some pain by the end…actually about 5-6km in but again, I ignored it.
After a slathering of Voltaren and some Advil and some stretching, I thought a couple days rest would give it the time it needed to get back to normal.
I didn’t run all week. In fact, I hobbled along like I remember my 85 year old Grandma hobbling along before she broke her hip.
We were poised to run again on the weekend and I did all I could to ice it, stretch it, Advil it, and Voltarenize it (I think I just made up a new word…trademark that) but made it 4km into an 11 km run and had to walk (more like an Igor shuffle) the other 7km while apologizing to my running partner and super friend Rayanne.
It is easy to start to feel sorry for yourself at this point.
I’ve Trained for 3 months!!! Through the winter!!!
The reality is though that I have ran for 20 something years…and (knock wood) I have only had one injury set back, ironically while running the Around the Bay Race one year. So in the grand scheme of things, I really can’t complain, although the timing of this injury is not the best.
This week was met with more rest, and Googling the issue and talking with friends who are in the sports medicine business. Kind of looks like an IT band issue or Popliteus injury; to which there are no quick fixes. With 4 more days…it isn’t looking good.
TRYING TO STAY POSITIVE!!!
So I tape my leg, take my anti-inflammatories, stretch, Epson salts bath, take my Magnesium and Turmeric supplements and ice my wound and hope for the best for Sunday.
I will do one more thing though…and that is to watch the all time best documentary about running…The Barkley Marathons.
Now I know I’ve highlighted this doc before but if you haven’t seen it, even if you’re not a runner, you can’t help but get sucked into the stories. I’ve included the trailer for this awesome doc as part of our YouTube Thursday!!
Well send some positive vibes my way! I will definitely keep you all posted on whether my knee decided to take me the 30km Around the Bay. I will be cautious though in my decision as I really don’t want to do more damage that may stop me from enjoying running through the trails this summer.