Saturday, January 07, 2012

:-(

Well Blogger friends, today I was hoping to report back with awesomely wonderful news about this morning's run.  Unfortunately, the news is not as good as I had hoped.

It's not horrible either, but I am beginning to lose hope.  I ran 4 miles at a pretty easy pace.  Cardio-wise, I felt pretty good....it felt good to be getting the heart rate going and to just be out there running!  However, the hip hurt the entire 4 miles. Not a horrendous "I can't take another step" sort of way....but as in "let me adjust my gait, so that it hurts as little as possible" kind of way.  I was envious of the people I saw enjoying their morning run. This was not enjoyable.  This was "Oh sh*t, how am I supposed to run 26.2 miles in a week???".  I will say that toward the end of my 4-miler, the hip did start to feel a bit better.  Maybe because it had finally warmed up?  I was tempted to run a little more just to test this theory, but then decided I should go ahead and stop.  Why risk it?

The rest of the group was running 6, so I had time to do my stretches before meeting  up with everyone for coffee.  To be honest, after that, the hip didn't feel awful.  However, it has bothered me off and on all afternoon.  One minute it feels okay, then I step funny and it hurts again.  And to make matters worse, I let my emotions get the best of me - I drowned my frustration in a slice of pizza and 3 cookies at a football party today.  Stupid. 

As for the marathon, Friday was the final day to switch races or defer, so that's no longer an option.  Coach feels that if I am looking at the big picture, I should not run the marathon next weekend for fear of making things worse and having to take more time off after the race.  This might jeopardize my plans for the 70.3.  Not running at all didn't really cross my mind (much) until that e-mail from Coach.  I am struggling with what to do.  I've never DNSed, never DNFed, never been this injured.

Sigh.  I see the Dr again on Monday, so I'll see how that goes.  I may attempt a short run again on Tuesday or Wednesday before I make my final decision.

There's not much more to say, except that this kinda sucks. :-(

On a happier note, the Texans won today!!!!!  It was an amazing game and I loved every minute of it.  Finally, we have a great team again.  Wooohooo!!!

GO TEXANS!!!

12 comments:

Cindy said...

oh no... :( sending your hip healing thought vibes...

That Pink Girl said...

I'm so sorry. You've got a tough decision to make. I hope this week brings clarity, either way. *hugs*

Terri said...

So sorry about the hip :( I know how tough this issue can be. Rest, rest! You will know what to do when the time comes!

K said...

The hardest part about making a decision, is making a decision. And when it's right, it's right. Good thing is you can decide on the morning of, if you choose to do so. Remember the bigger picture. And also remember, running is what you do for fun, to relax, to stay healthy. Injuries take away from our ability to be mom, wife, employee, and other vocations we have in life. I have a hard time selling how great running is when I am injured...
There is no shame in doing what is best for you. Praying for your peace! PS... Great to see you yesterday!

Beth said...

Oh no! I have been where you are now and know how much it sucks. I was injured and had to miss what was supposed to be my first marathon and ultra marathon. I have just recently healed and am doing everything I can to not get re-injured while training for my first ironman!

It's hard but remember that you will get better and there will be more marathons in the future!

Robin said...

Sorry your hip is forcing you to make such a difficult decision. Go Texans! www.dashingdiva.net

Lisa said...

I'm sorry about your hip. I would give it some rest with some low impact stuff. I had a DNS once at a marathon due to a bad sinus infection several years ago. It's rather deflating but get yourself well. That race isn't going anywhere.

AND GO Texans! Arian Foster went to the University of Tennessee & he was fun to watch there, too.

glutenfreegirlrunning said...

boo :( i am so sorry...

I will have a DNS for the austin 3M this month but since i am injured with hip stuff, too -- i am ok with it. you do have to get yourself well.

Laura said...

Ugh, so frustrating, and so hard to know what to do. I'm so sorry to hear that... it does seem like letting it rest might be best if your ultimate goal is the 70.3 this year. Hope the dr visit is helpful!

junieb said...

So you dont think you can even do the half (just turn at the 9 mile marker). You will have to take a DNF, but at least you run it and get a medal and stuff :(

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

How about some extra rest??? You won't lose much fitness. Give your hip time to heal more????

I am so sorry.....

Anne said...

Hope the news from today's M.D. appt. is promising. Hate to say it, but it sounds like it might be a stress fracture from the symptoms you mention. I've got my fingers crossed for you.