Monday, June 9, 2014

Running Injury

Last Friday, I was out for a morning run; looking to do about 5 miles to keep my cardio up ahead of the Bellin 10k this weekend.

Then, it happened.  Two miles into my run and feeling good, I felt a sudden, sharp shot in my right calf.  It felt like somebody shot me, or a really bad bee sting.  I immediately pulled up and started walking, albeit with a discernible limp.

I started walking back home, wondering what the hell just happened.  About half way home the leg felt better, so I decided to try a little running.

The result was instantaneous, horrible pain.

I was able to get into the doctor the same day, and he described it as a "classic muscle pull, with likely muscle tearing."

I have been running for seven months, and have be so, so careful to avoid injury.  Yet here we are, just a week away from my goal of my first 10k, and I'm injured.  The doctor says that typically these injuries will last 4-6 weeks, and the only way to heal them is to stay off the leg.  He also prescribed ice, elevation, stretching, physical therapy, and some heavy duty anti-inflammatory drugs.   

I have my first PT session today.  I'm also taking glutamine in attempts to make a Adrian Peterson like come-back and heal in a week.  In the meantime, all of that great cardio I built up is going to waste, as I cannot use my leg.  

I have worked so hard to get here, and it seems so unfair to be dealing with this right now.  

I'm going to try to run on Saturday.  But given the state of my calf and my cardio, it might be a mess.  Still, I have to try.  I couldn't live with myself if I didn't.

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