I realized today that its been over a month since I updated this, over a month since finishing Lake Sonoma, and what a month its been.
Coming out of the 50 mile, I managed to take it easy for a couple of days. Ok, three days before I was going completely stir crazy, four before I was in my first bikram yoga class in years, and five before I was back at Orange Theory. I was out running again that weekend, interestingly enough, back at Lake Sonoma for a quick seven miler before I picked up wine. It was 90 degrees and sunny – quite the change from the previous weekend. I was a little stiff, but overall felt good.
The next week, I was back to my normal routine…four days at the gym and a 10k road race that weekend. I was still a little stiff, a little achy (especially my left hip), but again, overall, felt good. I was slightly nervous about running on a road for the first time in over a year, partly due to the last year I spent healing my right knee, and not knowing how it would hold up…and partly due to the stiffness in my left hip. However, I was excited to see how I would do running such a short distance.
It was so much fun! My goal was to come in under an hour, which I didn’t think I had done before. I spent the first two-ish miles trying to hang with my fast friends, but eventually fell back. Which was fine, I was still moving fast for me. Miles three and four felt long and I hadn’t gotten into a rhythm yet. I started feeling great somewhere between four and a half and five, and then it was over. As it turns out, I did well on the fast and flat course….final time: 56:49. According to Strava, there was an 8:30ish mile in there (its been years since that happened). 9th in my age group out of 51….I don’t think I’ve ever been top 10. Unless there were less than 10…haha.
The next weekend, Brian and I headed to Vegas on vacation. No races, no crazy adventures, no nothing….other than vacation. We stayed at MGM…floated in the lazy river…enjoyed our fair share of terrible pool beer and good dinner wine. Saw great shows. For anyone heading to Vegas: Ka is amazing. Go see it. I really can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t like this show. It’s a cirque with a story that’s easy to follow, great stunts, and a super intricate stage. I feel like it was over before it even began. Just so, so good. Maybe skip the large, slushy, adult beverage during the show…you won’t want to get up to find a restroom and nothing makes the last fifteen minutes of a show really, really long like needing one.
The third night we had dinner at Tao – probably my favorite Vegas restaurant and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Then headed over to Cesar’s for Absinthe. Somehow we were VIP’s, which meant they gave us champagne to enjoy during the show. Unless you’re me…then you dump half of it all over your purse and having to get creative in drying it off…..anyway, I digress….the show is hilarious. Very politically incorrect and full of adult humor, but so much fun. However, if you’re easily offended, this is not the show for you. Aside from the humor, it’s a variety show with amazing acts. Dancers and tightrope walkers and aerialists, etc. So good.
I anticipated coming back to my leg being 100% after four days of rest. But, I’m not that lucky. By the middle of last week, I finally caved and called a doctor’s office close to my office to deal with whatever the situation is in my hip. I’ve rolled, I’ve rested, I’ve stretched, and it’s not getting any better. After doing nothing in Vegas for four days (other than those nights in five inch heels ;)), I got to my second day at the gym and the shooting pain was back. That’s not normal. The following week, I got through another two days and while it wasn’t shooting pain, it was definitely achy. Definitely not normal.
So, of course I go home the night before seeing a doctor and do some searching on the internet about what might be wrong. The first thing I find that sounds plausible is a stress fracture. Cue stress at the thought of no running for probably three months. Really? When am I going to learn to stay off of internet?
The more I thought about it, the more convinced I was that something was really wrong and I was going to be out of running and working out for the foreseeable future. My suspicions were close to confirmed as I was talking the doctor through everything that was going on, and the first thing he mentioned was a stress fracture….but, once he started his exam, luck seemed to be on my side. First, I was much stronger during the resistance tests than he thought I would be….second, he found two knotted, locked up, muscles. Took him an extra 15 minutes to find, but the two highest muscles in my hip – the pectineus and the adductor brevis, were a sore, painful, tight mess. Apparently having the adductor tight that high isn’t normal….apparently he hasn’t met me….
Cue some super fun ART that surprisingly didn’t bruise. Unfortunately, the relief didn’t stick for too long either….hopefully that just means I need more sessions. As much fun as ART is, I like that and strained muscles far more than I like stress fractures.
Before he left, I made sure to ask him if I was still allowed to exercise and if there were any restrictions. Surprisingly, he told me I could…just asked that I dial it back to 75%. If I had a class I liked to take, that was fine….just take it easy. Yup, I can do that. So I threw on my gym clothes and headed to class. I mean, why wouldn’t I….last year I had an MRI on my knee and ran a half marathon the next day….
Since then, I actually have been heeding the doctor’s warnings – 22-year old me ran a half marathon with a broken ankle….32-year old me does not need to learn that lesson twice. I’ve done a couple of Orange Theory classes, but have taken it easy. I think I’m going to set the record for the most classes with zero splat points. But, it’s better than being completely side-lined. I’ve also gotten back into bikram…that’s been a great way to stretch out and relax, not to mention get in a good workout with little impact.
Today, I had the x-ray done. No one was there to read it (I’m pretty sure the lady taking it was pretty new, as I could clearly hear someone giving her directions), but they did give me a CD to take back to the doctor. Of course, I took it home this evening and tried to get it to open to read it myself. I saw what my ankle looked like…I’d think the same would apply to this situation, right? Sadly, the files wouldn’t open. But, really, do I need to be trying to read an x-ray? Probably not. Just give me something else to stress about….haha.
So, I wait until Wednesday, when hopefully the doctor has the report…or can read the films. And cross my fingers and toes (and whatever else I can think of) that it’s strained muscles and some more rounds of ART can fix it. And I can get back to running healthy soon.
Until then…signing off…