Friday, March 26, 2010

Pain in the leg

So the deal is, I attempted to run two miles without stopping on Tuesday, and practically had to be hauled away on a stretcher.

I felt pretty good while I was running. I was be-boppin' down the track with my iPod, listening to some Justice. I like to imagine myself in a really awesome music video when I'm exercising and listening to cool music. Nothing is really hotter than me in my sweatpants and T-shirt, sweating my ass off.

So running, yeah that was fine. It was when I stopped that my left leg was like, Bitch please. It had been bothering me a little bit after previous runs, but I figured that was because I am an overweight non-runner who has suddenly attempted to run and my muscles were like, Whoa! We don't do this.

But when I stopped running, it hurt pretty damn bad. There was no comfortable position I could put it in. I sat in the car and groaned in pain.

When we got home, I iced it and took ibuprofen and it felt a lot better immediately. I Googled the problem and it sounds like I probably have a small tear in my calf, probably because my foot is "pronating" (boring runner term). I shouldn't try to use it again for about a week. Which, HELLO. I have to run a 5K in three weeks and I've never run that far. Ever.

But unfortunately, it's not ready for any more training runs until at least next week. It's still like, Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, with every step I take, and finding a comfortable position in bed has been challenging.

So I'm a little pissed off. I don't want the setback. Surprisingly, it's weighing on me more than I would have expected, maybe because I was beginning to realize I might actually be able to run this whole damn thing. If I don't get to run it, or I have to walk it, it'll be a disappointment.

With that said, this is not going to deter my running efforts. After all, 2010 is the year of Angry Determination, among other things.


  1. Sometimes it's good just to finish it. You can always run it completely next time.

    Christina and I "ran" a marathon once. We trained, sort of. We missed our flight. Had to spend 24 hours awake getting to Florida where the race was. Slept for 2-3 hours before the race and wound up finishing it. It wasn't pretty, but we finished. We jogged the first half and did a jog-walk combo the second half.

    As ugly as it was it wound up being very good experience overall. Unless you factor in the woman in her 70s we talked to prior to the start of the race. She passed us around mile 15. We never saw her again.

  2. I agree with John. I was going to say, you know you don't have to run the whole way! You should be proud of all you have accomplished so far (and that's just in the running/exercise department)!

  3. John - a marathon? 26 miles? How has Christina never mentioned this to me...
    J & K - you are both right, I need to stop whining and just do what I can without overwhelming myself, otherwise I may never do it again. :-)

  4. Erin, take one day at a time. Heal up and begin again. This race isn't the end all. If this calf thing messes you up, see this 5K as a training day for another one. Running season goes pretty much through fall. There's nothing wrong with walking or wogging ( a fast walk) There's some woggers that have a better time than runners. Listen to your body. Injurues are a bummer. I have had my own share of running injuries. They are not fun. All that to say, you're doing a great job!

  5. The best suggestion I can give for next time is to do a bit of stretching. When I started running again I forgot this crucial step and ended up in a similar state of agony. Good luck with the race, and like everyone is saying, just finishing is great! I'm too gimpy to run any sort of lengthy distance.