So, after Wordless Wednesday, I almost feel the need to spend some time explaining the pictures. Is this what is supposed to happen?
If you couldn’t tell, I am really trying to do everything I can to prevent what feels like an imminent injury. Though really, if I had spent more time doing this stuff in the first place, then I probably would not be dealing with any heel/knee weirdness right now.
While I wasn’t planning on doing a “marathon lessons learned” list until AFTER I actually finished the marathon, I’m pretty sure I’ve determined what Lesson #1 is. Spend way more time “rehabbing” and “preventing” then you think is necessary. Twice a day at least. Rolling, icing, stretching, taping if needed. Even when everything feels great. In my (albeit rather limited) experience, there is a little bratty body part just waiting to give you grief.
I think the problem with reading running blogs as a hobby is that you start to really believe that EVERYONE runs marathons and that it is a completely normal way to work out. If you take a step back from the computer and look around (assuming you aren’t in fact at a marathon), you’ll remember that marathon running is not “normal” and most people don’t do it. In fact, as of May 2012, only half of 1% (i.e. .5%) of the population has finished one.
I knew going in that it would be a challenge, but I truly didn’t internalize that the process was going to be so hard on the body. Looking around at various marathon bloggers, I have determined unscientifically that 100% have had some type of injury at some point. Half Marathon training was not so bad for me. Just some minor IT issues back in January, but nothing too crazy. And while a marathon appears to be the next logical step after getting comfortable with a half, I think I forget sometimes that it is TWICE the distance. You are literally running for longer than it takes to fly across half the country.
I’m definitely not saying “don’t do it.” Quite the opposite, actually. I think it is possible to train for a marathon and not have problems. My mistake was in not, as blog friend Dominick said the other day, “respecting the distance.” (I’m totally quoting him out of context, but I think it applies regardless). 26.2 is A LOT of miles to work up to and it will be hard on your body if you don’t take care of yourself, and as a first timer, I really needed to respect that.
Anyone want a hat to remind them? Source.
I started having annoying heel pain last Thursday/Friday. Right now, I am icing it twice every day and taping it every night. If feels mostly fine until I workout, and then it hurts for a little bit. However, I think this is close to being cured.
Then Monday I started getting sporadic sharp (pretty uncomfortable) pains in my knee. After extensive Wikipedia/Web-MD searches (my favorite), and then confirmation from Aaron the Expert, I realized that EVERYTHING, including my foot pain is really stemming from IT band issues. I’ve been rolling, icing, stretching, and wearing flat shoes. I’ve also been wearing KT tape on it, but I’m not necessarily convinced that it is helping. Basically, it feels like I need to trade my entire right leg in for a new one.
I’ve had this talk before. I keep having new symptoms in different places, but it keeps coming back to that one pesky IT band.
Two people have recommend these little bands to help IT issues. I think I’m going to get one. I’m willing to try just about anything right now, including turpentine Volcanic oil (also used as lamp fluid, by the way).
I am taking care of it. I’m very lucky to be married to someone who, for example, has taken entire classes on how to properly tape someone. I’ve definitely taken it easy this week. But I’m a little annoyed by it. And I hope my premature lesson learned can be of some benefit to someone else.
In other, more happy news!!!
At some point in the next several months (being ambiguous so the evil burglars don’t come to steal my succulents), Aaron and I are taking a whirlwind road trip through Texas to visit family in various cities! We know all the stuff to do in San Antonio and Austin, but we are also heading to Houston (never been) and Galveston, which is a beach town, apparently. I don’t know too much about Texas beaches (except of course not to mess with them!), but living in a landlocked region makes one slightly desperate for a beach, even if it isn’t the world’s nicest. All I know is that I will be horseback riding my little behind on that beach so I can cross it off my bucket list!
Our big challenge (aside from not eating Texas sized meals all day) will be finding running routes.
If you have ever run in Austin, San Antonio, or Houston, do you have any recommendations for running paths/trails?
Any good “post run” eateries (or, you know, breweries) worth noting?
And most importantly, any tips on running in what I’m sure will be crazy humid conditions?
I hope everyone has a fantastic (and thoroughly preventative) Thursday!