This has been a question I have struggling for about two months.
Once we decided not pursue the marathon, I stopped training altogether. After almost two months off, I finally decided to get back at it in December. I started with my second passion, weightlifting. I was going 5-6 days a week. I would start with HITT cardio for about 20 minutes then move onto weightlifting. I started feeling great.
As December transitioned to January I started to noticed my left achilles was tight and sometimes it would bother me not only during running but also during most weightlifting activities. I shaked it off as not stretching enough. Then during arm workouts I started having problems with my left shoulder. It was hurting constantly.
But did that stop me? Nope.
I decided to just increase my workouts.
So finally after putting myself through many workouts that ended with me not finishing reps because of discomfort and/or pain I decided to go see a manual therapist.
According to my manual therapist Eric, his sessions differ from a massage because he focuses on myofascial release from the nerves rather than the muscles. I had seen him previously for buttock pain. He did wonders and was able to point to the problem….weak lower abdominal muscles! He gave me exercises to help improve the area.
Did I do them? Of course for like a week…..then promptly stopped!
So seeing him this time around required a 90 minute session that left me in tears. This go around he identified a number of areas that had problems. My whole right hip was a mess. My right shoulder was not much better.
Because I didn’t want to mess up all of this work he did. I took an entire week off. The agony of not moving was real. But at the end of seven days, I was not do much better. So he brought me back a week later and spent another 60 mins trying to fix the right side of my body.
During this session we talked extensively about what shoes I was wearing, how I warmed up and cooled down, the meaning of life…. Jk. This conversation did lead to an hour plus shopping trip to my local running store that was VERY patient with me trying on 10 pairs of shoes.
My smart self then decided a spin class post session was a brilliant idea.
I had some of same exact pain immediately. I decided not to go back to him but rather start doing the rehab exercises.
I became depressed in the weeks to follow. I was lamenting about the pain I had caused my body because of my arrogance and my unwillingness to admit it earlier. I started to question whether I was ever going to be pain free.
Now that I am 5 weeks from seeing him. I am doing better. Am I a hundred percent? No but I am not constantly in pain. Doing the rehab exercises has been completely consistent but I am trying to do them at the gym so they are done for the day and I can forget about them.
Things I learned.
When it hurts every time you do something…..you are injured.
When you are injured you should STOP what you are doing.
When the things you are doing are not working, go see someone who actually knows a thing or two.
This year I will be running the hardest legs for the Reno Tahoe Odyssey but I am afraid that I am holding myself back because of the discomfort in my hip. Overcoming this fear will be my biggest challenge that I hope I am able to face headon.
If you've faced injury how were you able to overcome it? What did you find difficult?