Thursday, October 30, 2008
That's how I felt getting assessed by the athletic trainer. Yes, I'm here to speak to one of the Athletic Trainers?
And this guy was like, oh that's me!
So anyway he wiggled my leg around and poked and asked about the pain and whatnot. And he basically said he thinks it's my iliotibial band, too. And that I should rest it for 2-3 weeks. WAH WAH WAH.
BUT!!! It's ok. I had already been formulating a plan for if this was the result of my educated second opinion today.
1) I've changed my calorie burn estimate from 2000 per week to 1200 per week. This is much more reasonable expectation for my plan which is...
2) More ST. I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I had the goals of running longer and longer distances. Well now's my opportunity to really step up my strength training. I know I will not be able to burn the kind of calories I do running with my remaining options for cardio which are...
3) Rowing, Cycling, Swimming. I rocked that rowing machine today -- specifically asked the trainer if that would be ok, and he said to go crazy on it. :) HAHAHAHA. But prior to that he also specifically recommended cycling and swimming (which were already on the list before).
4) STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH. More stretching -- YOGA? :D Anyway. I think I've been lacking in the stretching and flexibility department. I would go through a short stretching routine after working out, sometimes a bit before, but never made it a priority. Maybe if I had I wouldn't be in this situation.
Anyway! I'm glad to have a plan.
The change in calorie burn per week has shifted my range by 120 calories at each end, which is NOT that big a shift. I don't think it will be too difficult to manage.
Also -- I love running. I will miss it. But it's not like I'm doomed to never run again (which is how I felt after my failed run Wednesday). Most likely, I will take a longer break and be fine. Heck, from like November 2007 to March 2008 I didn't run at all. Then I started again so I could do a 5K. I can take this time off, recuperate, and still have PLENTY of time to train for my goal of a half-marathon in 2009.
And if I continue to have problems, I will try to figure them out, and if for some reason the end of running comes to me, it is not the end of health and fitness. That is the important part.
I'm feeling much more head straight on and optimistic today.