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3/16/13 10:38 A

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Hey,

Trust me when I tell you, I bawled like a baby for 48 hours when I sent in my deferment to the MCM on September 24th after talking with my running coach and sports chiro. While there was a chance my issue would resolve, there was also the chance that it wouldn't. I put 15 weeks into my training up to that point and felt such a let down, but looking back almost 6 months later, it was the decision that needed to be made. I have been slowly building back my mileage and while I still have a niggle here and there, I am back to running and that is all that matters.

I bet if you keep looking, you will find another race you can train for and the reality is, your body will have some muscle memory so coming back when you are fully healed will be easier than when you started this winter.

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3/16/13 10:32 A

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You're speaking common sense, which is what I suppose I needed to hear.

The quote from your running coach has hit home for me, as well. Thank you for sharing that.

I've been working so hard to make this a realistic lifestyle change. I've learned to eat healthier and view food in a different way. As someone who used to LOATHE any form of exercise, I actually have come to find that I enjoy running. This winter has been long and cold. The weather is finally starting to turn. I don't want to set myself back further so that I am not able to get out and enjoy it now that the nice weather is on its way.

As I sit here (and am feeling a dull pain in my lower back/tailbone) I suppose I should just accept reality and email my friend. I've been looking forward to this, but there will always be next year! In the meantime, I'll keep baby stepping it and see how I feel after a walk now and then.

Thank you, again!

Let go of the emotion and break it down to a simple yes or no question! What do you really want?


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3/16/13 10:09 A

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Hi TEACHFIRST268,

So sorry for your injury. One of the hardest decisions when it comes to an injury is accepting that what you planned for weeks maybe even months ago is not going to be. As a new runner, detraining can take place within a matter of a few days (even for a seasoned runner a week lay off can bring detraining issues).

With this kind of injury only your doctor can clear you as to when you should resume running.

A very poignant quote my running coach gave me when I first started running and had to back out of race--he said, "Is your goal to be a life-long runner or a once-in-a-lifetime runner?" Questioned answered and I skipped that run--I have completed over 100 races since then, but that was over 6 years ago and I am still running.

Even the greats, Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall both made recent announcements of dropping out of major races--Meb, the NYRR NYC Half-marathon which will be held tomorrow and Ryan from the BOSTON Marathon. When injuries happen, while they are tough, allowing your body time to fully heal versus pushing through a race injured and doing other damage up and down the kinetic chain is what will make you that life-long runner.

I wish you a SPEEDY recovery!

Coach Nancy

BTW, I had to defer my Marine Corps Marathon entry until this year when I develop a calf issue last fall less than 7 weeks from my event. It was a VERY tough decision but one I am proud to say I made. I would never run injured and risk never running for a long time.

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About three weeks ago I fell very hard on my back and tailbone. I went and had xrays and thankfully there were no fractures. I was prescribed muscle relaxers as the Dr. said the muscles were likely spasming and causing the pain. I told the Dr. about my new found exercise (jogging) and asked about if/when I could head out again and how long this would take to heal. It was not my regular doctor and she wasn't super helpful, merely stated let my pain be my guide.

Since then the pain has slowly been getting less (I can climb stairs now without wincing, and don't get sharp pains in the middle of my back when I breathe in deeply), but once in a while when I move a certain way, (changing positions, leaning back a certain way while seated) the area by my tailbone squeals in pain.

Here's where I'm torn. I registered for a 5K at the end of the month. I haven't been running since the end of Feb. I decided to try and ease back in and went out for a walk last weekend. I could feel some pain in my tailbone while walking up hills. I was walking at a fast clip and noticed that I was getting winded easier than I used to. I suppose this is to be expected after not being out for a few weeks...but I'm very disappointed. I was a little sore the next day, but it's back to where it has been. Injury is no better/no worse.

The race is in two weeks. I'm optimistic that I'll continue to heal, but will be so disappointed if I attempt it and do poorly because I haven't been training for it. I also don't want to risk aggravating my injury.

Anyone else run into a similar situation? A friend who runs said she injured her tailbone and it took about a month until she could get back out there. I'm hoping this will be my guideline, as the 5K is month away from when I fell.

I'm just rambling on here, but struggling with what I should do. I want to participate, but don't want to perform in a way to disappoint myself and/or really aggravate my injury.




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