Tuesday, April 19, 2011

getting there

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!


  1. Don't worry dude. You will get there. Sometimes time and rest is just what the doctor ordered but you'll get there none the less. I wish you luck either way. I'm sure you will ROCK IT. :-)

  2. Sending you so much support and positive vibes!! Whatever you decide to do, it will be amazing, and from your heart! If you need a laugh just think about are dear friend Terry! ;) You WILL get there Carlee! Xoxo

  3. hang in there, and take care of yourself. i'm sending get well soon vibes your way.