Back in the running shoes, again

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted. Since October, I’ve been dealing with an injury that started out as a muscle pull and turned into tendinosis in my hamstring and glute, where the two meet.

If there is one thing I’ve learned, it is go see the doctor right away. Don’t depend on Dr. Google or Dr. WebMD. In other words, leave it up to the professional and don’t self-diagnose. The actual injury happened in September and I thought I could cure it myself. That was my first mistake.

So, I went through 4 weeks of physical therapy because I wanted to be able to run my first 10k, which was in November. This race was on my bucket list for over a year and I had signed up for it a few months prior to injuring myself. I got myself well enough to walk the race. I was disappointed because I had trained to run this and had my time down to a 14 minute mile. My walking time was just under 2 hours.

After this, I ended up going back to not doing anything but doing the exercises that I brought home from PT. Around Christmas, I had so much pain that I could hardly walk. I went back to the sports doctor and had an MRI which showed tendinosis in the glute and hamstring. He referred me to the pain specialist and two weeks later I had my first and so far, only cortisone shot. I’ve been trying to hold off on a second shot.

Last summer, 10 of us signed up for the Hot Chocolate 15k in Philadelphia, which had I been able to run, I could have trained well for it. I put a lot of money into it (race fee, hotel, train ticket). This was on April 1 and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to run this thing. However, I did cross the start line but at 4.5 miles I had to drop out because of too much pain plus some intestinal stuff going on. I walked over to the finish line to wait for my friends and I did get a finisher’s medal to bring home.

While I wasn’t able to run, I did keep up with the personal trainer to work on upper body strength. I am now at the point where a run/walk is bearable. I know I have a few more months until I can expect to feel completely well, and I know that I will be dealing with this the rest of my life. I always thought that my first injury would either be foot or knee related.

The second thing this injury has taught me is to not be complacent about stretching before and after working out or running.

I am also training with the trainer once a week for an hour of full body training. I really love legwork and need to rebuild the muscles up in my legs…LOOK OUT LEG PRESS!

My goal is to get my running time back up to at least do a 17 minute mile for a 5k in June. I feel like a beginner but at least I may be down but I’m not out.

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