Patience has never been one of my strongest virtues, in fact, it might be my worst. Right now it’s definitely being tested.
I tried my best to be patient with recovery after AR50. This race was a whole new level of running and endurance and training, so I have to expect for my body to need extra time to recover. Even though I know that, it still is hard to really make sink in.
After the race, I took a week off of running. My muscles felt great, I was eager to run, but I made myself wait a full 7 days before lacing up my Brooks again. I thought that would be enough.
That first run back I could tell my right leg/IT band/knee was not quite normal. I assumed this was just some wear and tear from running 50 miles, so I took Monday off like I usually do, and then continued to run. I ran my normal days Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and looking back now, I probably should have cut back on the number of days.
Every day I thought my leg was getting a little better, that it was just soreness left over from the race, but by Friday it definitely felt worse. I was sad, annoyed, and frustrated, but I wanted to be smart, so I took the entire weekend off. Luckily I was very distracted so it wasn’t that hard. As the weekend went on, my leg felt completely normal, so I was very hopeful that by Tuesday it would be back to new.
Monday I got a very painful, deep massage to work through any tightness in my leg. My massage therapist said I had lots of stubbornness in there, but that all my muscles eventually gave in and released. I felt like new after.
Three days of full rest, a massage, and I was ready (and excited!) to run come Tuesday. I met up with my normal Tuesday group and we hit the road. The first few miles I didn’t feel anything at all and I thought I might be back to normal, but around mile 3 I started to notice some weirdness. I left the group, turned around early and headed back to work to be safe. As the miles clicked off, running got more and more painful, and eventually turned into a sad walk.
After the run, I used the injured status on DailyMile for the first time.
So now here I am trying to figure out what to do. This is completely new territory for me since I don’t think I have ever taken more than a day off because something hurt. Sure I have had pains, but nothing that has really stopped me from running quite like this has. I am scared and nervous about how long this might take to heal and just sad because I want to run.
I am trying to practice patience as best as I know how right now. I am hoping that with a few more days, even a week or two, some ART and massage, that this will all go away. I am hoping that my body just needs some extra rest after AR50 and that will be that. I am hoping I can look back on this in a few weeks and it seem like a tiny blip in my fun summer of running.
I know it hasn’t been that long. I know that I am lucky that this is the first time I have had to deal with something like this. I know that I am lucky it’s not worse. I know that I am being dramatic. But I sure do miss running, especially running long. I miss it a lot, a lot.
Patience, please pay off and let me back out there soon.