Sunday, September 26, 2010

My first running injury :(

It finally happened - I hurt myself running. Nothing huge like a broken bone, but pain no less. After running the Crim, I did some brief stretches and hit the road to get back for Brian's bday lunch. Once I arrived at my parents' house after the hour ride, I almost fell onto the ground after my left knee gave out. I walked it out to stretch it out and still had to rush around to get ready.

For the next day, I had knee pain on the outside of my left knee upon walking and especially going up stairs. After that day, I never had knee pain again - it shifted to my left foot. For the next week, the outside part of my left foot was so painful every time I put weight on it. The good news is that I had that week off from work as well. So, I was able to rest, relax, elevate and ice it. Once the pain didn't go away, I went to Probility (a sports injury rehab place) for a consultation as they have a free runner's drop-in day scheduled once a month. They told me that nothing looked out of ordinary and with some rest I should be fine.

I tried to run on it a couple of times - the first time I only made it a half mile before I had to turn around and walk home. The next time, a week later, I only made it 2 miles before the pain began. At that point, I called my MD and got an appt. She was afraid I had a stress fracture in my foot. After an x-ray and a couple days of waiting, the x-ray was negative and I should be fine.

So, four weeks from running the Crim, I finally ran my first 3 miles without pain last night. It felt really good and I'm hoping that I'm done with all pain from here on out. The time I took off from running to allow my foot to heal was brutal and it really made me realize how much I enjoy running. Now I'm excited to get back into it. I know now not to over do it and to train properly to avoid injury :)

As great as this news is, the Detroit Half Marathon is in three weeks and I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not. I don't want to push it and get another injury, but I've already registered for the race and have been looking forward to it for so long. I haven't quite figured it all out yet. I plan on getting back on track in my plan, building up miles slowly. We'll see; for now I'll just be excited to be able to run again!

The Crim 10 Mile Race

After having a week off from work, I ran the Crim 10 mile race in Flint on August 28th. I was pretty nervous as my furthest run until then had been 8 miles. I was so busy my last week of work that I didn't get all my runs in and super lazy during my first week off, so I wasn't 100% prepared for this race. Even so, I wanted to push myself to see if I could do it.

I spent the Friday before the race shopping at Birch Run, our biggest outlet mall, getting some new school clothes. After the mall, I checked into the hotel and then headed downtown Flint to check in at the Expo. It was fun to have a whole day to myself.

The next morning since my hotel didn't have breakfast, I headed to the hotel that sponsored the race. I was too cheap to pay what they wanted for the night, so I stayed somewhere much cheaper and just stopped in for breakfast :) I felt like such a rebel! But, I'm sure they'll live without the english muffin and banana I ate.

Once fed, I headed to the start to get ready. They let the Kenyans go first - let me just state that they finished 10 miles in less time than it about the time it takes me to run a 5K. Then they set off about 30 guys that have been running the Crim since it started 34 years ago. Then the really fast people lined up and then they had a military wave of people and finally us regulars.

It was awesome that there were so many people there - over 10,000 - it really kept you motivated and going. Of all the races I've been to, this one had the most fans/spectators along the way, including multiple bands!

The first two miles were through what seemed to be the hood of Flint and then we broke into some hilly areas. I made it easily through the first 6 miles and then it got hillier and seemed never-ending. I admit that I took some walk breaks on the hilly parts, but I ran through the last mile and finished strong.

It was a great race and I felt phenomenal afterward. I was so proud of myself at the end. It was tough, but I'm glad I did it. I then had to dash off to get to Mt. Clemens to go out to lunch for Pat's brother Brian's birthday. It was a fun day!