Maybe out, but not down

I knew something wasn’t right on Thursday when I (sensibly) aborted my long run. I just didn’t feel right, and everything didn’t feel right, so I cut it short.

Then yesterday, walking around, I had a bit of a niggle in my left hip flexor which just didn’t feel quite right too.

I nervously went out today, plan was an extended run to the gym, then a workout there, but 30 seconds into the run I knew it wasn’t to be.

My left hip flexor isn’t right. It’s not a niggle or something I can run through – it’s injured. I felt it a bit when I’ve been squatting, like it’s a bit weak, and now it’s sore – or injured to be more precise.

(What was it I said the other day? – I don’t get injured – ? ) – Well I don’t usually. My training is usually so varied and includes so much rest when I need it that I tend to avoid injury. But not today.

I’ve been injured before, out for 6 weeks, rested, iced it, compressed it, elevated it. Done anything except for run. Focused on swimming or cycling to keep my mind off running and giving my body time to recover.

Injury is not the end of the world. It’s a fact of life and a way of your body telling you what you’re doing isn’t right for you just now. No point in being down about it, better to focus on taking care of yourself and what you can do to get back to normal.

I’ve written about this before here:

– Reassess your goals and your training.
– Look on the bright side, don’t let it get you down.
– Listen to your body and give it time to recover.
– Look at your training and consider if you were overtraining. Change what you do to avoid injury.
– Learn from your injury.

I’ve done all of this in the past and that why, 30 seconds into our run today, I knew I should stop. Then 1 minute in I stopped and told Fit Girl it wasn’t right. She suggested we take a more direct route to the gym, which we started to do, then 2 minutes in I thought to myself:

– What would I tell someone else in my position to do?

It’s not worth risking an injury to keep going. Go home, rest up and take sone time out. So that’s what I did.
Avoid running for a bit, and squatting – avoid anything that might aggravate it.

On the short way home, I tried it out a bit more and realised it wasn’t going to improve and got home to get ready for my Saturday.

With 6 weeks and 5 long runs before the Belfast marathon I have an opportunity to recover from this and do the marathon easily.

One of the most maddening things I see is people saying they’re injured (on Facebook usually). It being nearly the end of their world, then them going back to regular training too soon and just making everything worse.

Be sensible, take done time out and see what happens. It’s not the end of the world not running, and it’ll be better in the long run if you just take some time out and enjoy other things instead.

Reassess my training / goals
The next two weeks 24 Mar – 4th April…

I’ll come off running, only swimming, walking and upper body strength work.

Any running coaching will be done one my bike, or to try out my legs running, but the bike will be the safer option I think. I’ll walk to and from work, and that’s it. I’ll take the lift in work if I think I’m over doing it!

…and I’ll aim to be back to running an easy 10 miles in the 5th April, then a longer one the next weekend:
12th (20 miles wi JA)
19th 18 miles
26th 12 miles
5th May Marathon

So here’s the plan for next week:

Mon: AM Swim / PM Running Coaching (on bike).
Tue: AM Swim / PM Strength work (upper)
Wed: Edinburgh / Rest 4 mile walk
Thu: AM Swim / PM Running Coaching (chat – not running).
Fri: Rest
Sat: Strength work (upper)
Sun: Rest

Looking on the bright side
I was a little out of sorts this morning before we went out. I think I knew what was going to happen. But now I know it’s an injury, I’m not down about it. There’s no point. It’s in the past and now all I need to do is get it better.

At least I’ll get better and I’ll be able to run again. There are some people who can’t run, won’t run or have never tried. I’m fit, healthy and happy, some people aren’t as fortunate. This is where perspective helps.

I’ll stay fit and sane with other exercise and rest and recovery. 🙂

It’ll give me a chance to do other things … like fix the Smart bit of our telly … like I did this morning (wiring the cable up the back of the wall – that I’ve been putting off for months!) and more swimming of course. 🙂 Not to mention my long weekends, this weekend and next with Fit Girl.

I’ll see what happens over the next few weeks and hopefully some time out will help my leg recover and get back on track to do the marathon on the 5th May. 🙂

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