Katie – No Pain, No Gain
I started out this past week by using the urgent care at OA for some pain in my left hip. Ever since the Run of Luck last Saturday, I have had a clicking sensation in my hip, as well as lot of pain. I couldn’t hardly walk on Saturday night after the race, and this continued through Sunday. By Monday I was feeling better, but I wanted to get it checked out anyway. I was diagnosed with “clicking hip” which I didn’t even know was a thing. I’ve had this “clicking” issue for most of my life, but I never really thought anything of it until now, as it’s become very painful. I went walking on Tuesday with Ruth and Lori, and we walked the Henderson Riverwalk—and let me tell you, it was miserable. The beginning was okay, but by the end of it, I was limping from the pain. I woke up on Wednesday unable to walk without a limp, and was told that I need to give it some rest, and ease back into my training. So I took the rest of the week to rest my hip in hopes of continuing training this week.
I’m quite devastated to be honest, because I’m still having pain. With the River Run coming up in about 7 weeks, the group trainings have progressed, and I don’t know how I can ease back into it when they are up to running 6 miles at a time. I made it 4.5 miles and couldn’t walk for two days. This means that I have to continue my training at my own pace, probably by myself. Most everyone around me has told me to quit and I’m not going to lie and say the thought hasn’t crossed my mind. But I signed up to be an ambassador and I’m not going to let my team down. In the end, I’m going to do what’s best for me—but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got; and unless I’m told by clinical staff that I shouldn’t continue, or I physically can’t go on any longer, I’m not going to quit. I’m hoping to start some physical therapy to help work out my hip issues so I can continue to train. I’m just going to have to take it step by step, and do the best I can. That’s all I can do. No pain, no gain, right?
Because of all this, I may end up choosing to do the 12k instead of the 10.1 mile come race day, but no matter what I choose, I know that I’m giving it my 110%. Although I’ve had my struggles throughout this experience, the fact that I even signed up and have pushed myself harder than ever before is an accomplishment in itself.
It wasn’t until this week did I realize how close it was until the River Run, as I write my journal entry I am six weeks from race day. I have been trying to push through my aches and pains, was even motivated to run after work on Tuesday at USI which was actually nice since I got to see the new additions they have added to campus. The issue I face is trying to motivate myself to run when I am running with only my Pandora playing. When I am running with the group on Saturday or during races, I am running with/against other runners so it does not seem to take as long. After a couple miles on Tuesday my knee started to really bother me so I was forced to stop. Since that time I have been wearing a knee brace for stability, or for mental purposes, which has seemed to help but I have to keep telling myself to keep running.
I tried to meet Saturday with hopes that with me running with a group, that I could build my endurance back up to where it should be but instead of going to North Park Nursing Center, I went to North Park Apartments and was not sure where to go so I ran a few errands then ran at home. It has become frustrating that I cannot mentally get myself to push through but this upcoming week I plan to make adjustments to my work-outs to include cross training to help with my knee and hip pain so I can go for distance this coming Saturday with my group run.
Ruth – GRRRRRRRRRR ARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!
My next few weeks are jammed packed with training, taekwondo, soccer practice & games, another trip to Louisville, work…basically life of an active family.
This last week has just been trying to get in as much movement as possible. Walking, running, exercise anything to not lose my momentum. I did get in a good run earlier in the week with Katie & Lori on the Henderson River Walk. I also got quite a bit was walking in, while we were at the Kentucky Science Center (steps….lots of step).
This coming week is going to be a bit of a challenge for me. With our crazy schedule, I am not sure how much training I can fit in. Which I find to be extremely frustrating. Wanting to do more, but not having enough hours in the day to get everything completed.
So I have been trying to do little things to keep even a smidge active. Standing when I can, toe raises, stretching, taking a little walk around the room at work, any little bit I wiggle into my schedule. All those bits add up throughout the day.
Week 8. Took a full week off to let my ankle heal, still went to gym and did upper body and tried to keep active. And the cool thing is I really missed running! Yes you can change habits. A mere 8 weeks is all it took for me to get to the point where I felt lost if I was not running or walking or something that kept me physically active. One week off was torture, I’m more than ready to get back to a full work out but still a bit sore and will take it easy. Only 5 week to the big day and I want to be ready. Now the hard part of getting back to where I was. I had FINALLY got past the 17 minute mile and now feel like I have to catch up. It’s going to be a tough week but well work it. No pictures to post this week, I’ll definitely have some for next week!