In case you've missed any of the saga with my dysfunctional body, here's a recap that I just posted on the "train" page: **********
I'm currently not training for anything in particular. I completed The Boilermaker 15K on July 12, 2009.
I fought with IT Band Friction Syndrome all through my Boilermaker training, but my physical therapist helped me through it. After The Boilermaker, I moved on to my first marathon! I planned on running The Baltimore Marathon 3 months after The Boilermaker-on October 10, 2009.
I was feeling good in my training up until about a month and a half before The Baltimore Marathon. I started having severe pain in my fibular head due to my IT Band, and I ultimately spent the last 1.5 months of my training on the stationary bike at the gym. On one Saturday three weeks before the marathon, I was on the bike for 2 hours. Everyone though I was insane. In hindsight, I probably should have backed out of the marathon and spent a few months recovering, but I'm just not a quitter anymore.
To a fault.
I did finish the entire Baltimore Marathon. If you want to see the full race report, you can get it here. It wasn't pretty, but I finished. I'm still not sure if I'll ever complete another marathon. If you asked me moments after the race, my answer would have been a resounding "HAIL TO THE NO". Almost a month later, however, I'm still on the fence.
At the present, I'll be happy with just being able to run at all again. I'd be happy if I could just run a mile. A half mile.
My worst fear is that these pictures of me running races are all I have. Right now, I'm scared that I won't be able to run again in the future. Hopefully I'm just being overly-dramatic.
Two Tuesday's after the Marathon, I couldn't walk. I went to the gym and ran for the first time since the marathon. I was excited to run, so I may have pushed it a little more than necessary. When I got off the treadmill, my left knee (the "good" one) was all jacked up. It hurt to walk and bend or lift my leg. I went to my physical therapist the next day and cried. This was the GOOD knee! The one that wasn't supposed to be hurting! What the HAIL?
After seeing my PT and then my doctor, it was determined that I had bursitis in my left knee, but my PT was confident that it would go away quickly. It has now been 16 days (not that I'm counting or anything), and it's still bothering me. Some days are more goofy than others, but it's still there. Although the doctor gave me Mobic to help the inflammation, I believe that DRUGS SUCK (thank you, D-Dub). I've only taken one Mobic in the past 1.5 weeks, and things seem to be manageable. Maybe even (dare I say) getting better.
Post-marathon, I set a goal for three months of cross-training, strengthening, and rebuilding. My body was very damaged by the marathon training, and I'm confident that the only way that I will gain back all of my abilities (as lame as they may have been) is by starting from square one and rebuilding everything. I've also come to terms with the fact that my body might not be cut out for as much running as I was doing. I remained in a state of "training" for almost two years--training for one race or another.
In the midst of this "rebuilding" phase that I'm in, I can't run. I'm doing a lot of biking. But I feel like I'm getting fat (albeit completely irrational), and this is causing me quite a bit of mental anguish. I'm trying to find a way to deal with this issue without resorting to my old ways of coping. I'll get back to ya on that one.
I am registered to run the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon on March 7th, and I'm very much looking forward to it. I also registered for the Celebration Sprint Triathlon next July. I have decided, however, that I'm not in a hurry to begin training for March's half marathon. The goal at this point is to rebuild, regroup, and pray that running jogging will be part of my future again very soon!
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