Ever since Tuesday, I’ve been limping around, barely able to walk. Wednesday was a rest day, and another visit to see Dr. Eva. As I hoped, she had expected me to be *very* sore after the deep muscle work she did on my left calf on Tuesday. By Thursday, I felt slightly better but was still hobbling around, as I continued to do on Friday. Since I couldn’t run, I swam and went to Spin on those days instead. When I saw Dr. Eva on Friday afternoon, she seemed puzzled, and troubled that I was still in so much pain. She pointed out that while its probably related to the issues we had been working on over the past few weeks, this pain was in a different location.
After doing a careful examination and more (painful) muscle work, her theory was that my gastrocnemius muscle is deeply knotted and irritated.
Thus, we need to determine what is causing the irritation. Could it be my new shoes? I seriously hope not because I love them so much. Could it be the boot that I’d been using at night? It could possibly be overstretching the muscle.
And what about that half-marathon race that I was scheduled to run today? Her advice? Run what I can of the race; if the muscle starts to burn, stop. But while I’m running (wearing the new shoes), take inventory of everything that I experience. How I feel the next day will be valuable information for her.
So as of last night, I ceased wearing the boot and woke up this morning feeling the best I had felt all week. I was actually walking normally, without any hint of hobble. In fact, the only pain I felt was the soreness from the leg exercises I’d done on Friday (more on this in a future post).
I got to the race site early so that I could downgrade to the 10K. I was really torn about doing this, but everyone advised me not to push myself, and they were right.
Brazen Racing was great about letting me downgrade races; there were no issues to do this. In fact, there were no issues with the race period. This is the second Brazen event I ran (the first being this one) and they are so much fun! The races are cheap ($54 to register 6 days before the race), well-organized, and they just have a good vibe to them. Most participants are regulars and after a while, you start to recognize each other. Like this guy -- hey, I know him! We first met at the Bay Breeze in February!
And like February, it was a cold, cold day. There was no rain, but it was overcast and windy (which we really felt on the turnaround back).
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from myself. I had no idea if I could even run. Up until that morning, I could barely even walk. But once we got started, I felt okay. It was the least sore at the start of a run that I’ve felt in a long time. I ran the entire first mile, but then started to have some foot numbness (an ongoing thing), so I changed things up and ran for 3 minutes, then walked for 1 minute, for the rest of the race. I’d never done that before, and to be honest, it kinda felt like I was cheating. As we neared the end, I was still feeling fresh, while the other runners looked like they were dying. I also noticed that a number of the 10K runners also looked like they were either nursing an injury, or trying to come back from one. It was like the 10K was for the walking wounded.
As soon as I crossed the Finish Line, I was handed this medal.
Its the funnest medal that I’ve gotten so far, I love it!
After the race, I stayed pain-free for a few hours, then the same pain returned and I’m hobbling along again. Its not as bad as it was earlier this week.
I’m so glad that I downgraded to the 10K. Making that decision, in and of itself, was huge for me. I’m pretty proud of myself for doing that, but overall, I’m just glad to know that I can still run. Now let’s see how I feel tomorrow...