It's been 2 weeks and 3 days since I broke down and declared myself "injured." Since then I have taken quite a few days off, unintentionally raised my speed by 2min/mile, gone to PT and gone to the chiro (both docs several times).
I am starting to see progress. Today I ran almost 8 miles and got my pace back down to about a minute above where I would have wanted it. I am no longer following any plan that goes out further than 1 day b/c I don't know how my hip will feel until I start running.
I have been diagnosed with an injury my PT has seen only once before, in a soccer player. He asked me if my running routine looked something like a steeplechase course. Since normally this injury comes from kicking up high and dodging from side to side. It's a strain of the pectineus muscle.
Am I worried about the Country Music Marathon which is in 10 days..? Absolutely. I'm worried about finishing now instead of being worried about qualifying for Boston. It's such a shock to the way I've been thinking for the past few months. A little over 2 weeks ago I was running a 22.5 mile training run, I was doing long runs at a pace of 8:20, I was doing tempo runs well into the 7s. Now I am scared to even start a run, because I don't know if I'll be able to do it. I'm running paces into the 10s or even 11s. I've missed almost 100 miles in training. I'm SCARED.
However, CMM has a 1/2 option. I figure that I can run the half if need be. Will I be disappointed? Absolutely! Is it really more important that I still raised close to $3000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society? Absolutely!
My focus, for getting a fast time, will now be Vermont City which is Memorial Day weekend. My injury may still affect that race. It really depends on how CM goes. For now I'm playing a lot of things by ear and trying not to think about the training that I missed.
In the meantime...I have loved reading all the Boston recaps and Tweets! You guys are all awesome. Congratulations!