A photo is worth a thousand words so I share with you with this lovely image of my RIGHT foot.
Why did Capitalize RIGHT you ask??? Well it seems I have a real issue. This year and really for the past few years, I have been plagued with injuries but oddly, (or not) they all occur on my RIGHT side. This past year I have torn my RIGHT quadriceps. I have continued to have problems with my RIGHT hamstring that I pulled when I was 5 weeks pregnant with PP. I have been having serious hip pain on my RIGHT side that is radiating up into my RIGHT side of my low back. In the past two weeks I have hyper flexed my RIGHT Knee and now I have torn something on my inner ankle on my RIGHT leg. The last two injuries I did not remember anything happening at the time but as soon as I cooled down the pain and swelling popped up. This has been killing my training and I obviously will have a difficult time logging miles this week.
In early spring I had a gait analysis done that showed I cross over way to far on my RIGHT side that is causing some issues for me. I also am moving my hips and core way too much. I have done a fair amount of cross training and core work but nothing seems to help. I looked back at the time I thought I fixed my pain and it was during a time when I was very sick and unable to run. At that time I was focusing on yoga, core work and weight lifting. Currently I am logging a fair amount of miles and playing lots of soccer and my pain is increasing and my injuries are becoming more frequent on my RIGHT SIDE. I have been able to complete most of my mid-mileage runs but I have not completed any runs beyond 7-8 miles in the past month. This was due to my abnormal schedule with my family’s recent loss and my injury issues.
I am getting extremely frustrated. It has not been the best year for me with my health/training. I had a horrible cold and flu season that turned into allergies throughout the summer. Now I am feeling great and these constant issues on my RIGHT side are slowing me down. My hip is hurting all the time. It pains me while I am sitting in the car, working at the computer or standing in front of the classroom. It actually feels the best when I run but then it kills me afterwards.
I have made an appointment with my doctor for October 15th to come and talk about my issues. She is a runner too and will understand my frustration and need to figure this out. I made this appointment Friday morning and Friday evening at practice a torn the ligament (I think) in my right foot. I have had the sense that things are out of alignment for a long time but now I know it for sure. I did a quick Google search and found that frequent injuries on the same side are often due to mis-alignment in the hips. This would explain my current issues and my gait analysis findings.
I am trying not to freak out about the half marathon, as I cannot control the timing of all of this. I will try not to freak out about how this will affect my coaching abilities. The truth is I just need to talk to the doctor, listen to my body and figure out what is going to workout best in the long run. I am not sure my plan for this week’s workouts. I will probably focus on isometric workouts like yoga, lifting and maybe some walking. When my foot is better I will put a few more miles until I hear other wise from the doctor.
This is a very big deal to me. I want to run well at this race more than any other race I have every completed. I usually am happy to complete a half marathon and revel in my body’s ability to plug away but this race was supposed to bring back my legs, my strong legs, and my pre-pregnancy fitness. I want to run with my blog partners feeling happy and proud of all we have accomplished together this year. Instead, I feel like I am getting old, frail and very, very breakable. Again, I am waiting to hear what the doctor has to say. I may run my Urgent Care tomorrow just to have them look at my foot to make sure I do not have a minor stress fracture. All I can say at this point is, I will roll with the punches as they fall, I will dodge the ones I can and lean into the ones I cannot. I will try with all my heart and sole to let go of my false sense of control. Carpe Diem with a few #! O%$!!!!