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Feeling Sorry for Myself

Monday, July 08, 2013

The next half marathon I plan to run is the Skinny Raven Half Marathon in Anchorage, AK on August 18. www.bigwildliferuns.org/
I ran it last year and loved it.

My last run was 3 miles on June 18 before going on a trip to South Africa. My left knee started aching a little as I boarded the plane. While on vacation, my knee was a little stiff. I walked quite a bit but didn't get a run in as planned.

On July 1, back home and getting back to my training schedule, I went for a run. I use the Jeff Galloway run/walk/run method and since I hadn't run in a couple of weeks and was basically doing a trail run, set my timer for 1 min. run: 30 sec. walk. After warming up and running only a couple of minutes, I felt a sharp pain going up my hamstring and down my calf. I immediately stopped running and decided to walk the 3 miles. No more pain, just a little tenderness.

At my husband's request, I made an appointment with an orthopedist on July 9. The next day, I walked 1.5 miles on the same trail without trying to run at all. I thought I would continue to walk until I saw the doc. But, on Wednesday, just a half mile from home, my right foot slipped, I heard and felt a pop in my knee and could not put my full weight on that leg. I managed to make it home (there was no one home to help me) by using both hands and feet on the rocky places and shuffling on the smoother ground. It took about 30 minutes and I was very relieved and exhausted. I immediately iced the knee which was hurting like crazy and swelling a little. After resting I could put weight on it as long as I was on a level surface and I have crutches for support on uneven ground.

I go to the dr. tomorrow and find out the extent of the injury. I'm afraid my running is on hold, but more than that, I'm afraid I won't be able to babysit my little grandkids in Colorado (hard to chase a toddler and a crawler when I can just barely walk myself) or run with my grandkids in Alaska.

So, that's why I'm feeling sorry for myself. Thanks for listening.

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    So sorry to hear. Self pity can be therapeutic in it's own way. If only life could always go the way we want. I always tell my young students ---" It's OK to cry as much as you want and for as long as you need to so that you can let out the pain and frustration and make room for what you are going to do to begin to feel better. " When the crying stops we say "OK - so now what." I know that's not the magic wand answer but hope it helps.
    1750 days ago
    I am so sorry about your injury and the plans you had made that are disrupted. Glad you have an appt with the dr to get it taken care of. Also glad you were able to make it home safely. You sound like me when it comes to finding a way to get back if something happens LOL! I haven't had anything like that happen out on the trails yet, but I know that I would crawl and drag my leg if I had to because that's the way I am. Glad it wasn't bad enough you had to do that. I hope it's something easily fixable and you can get back to doing what you want to do very very soon. Sending you big hugs and best wishes.
    1750 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I'm hurting for / with you! I hope it turns out to be less than you fear!
    1751 days ago
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