Twelve days ago I had my fastest training run since I started running ultras, easily cruising along at even 8-minute flat splits for 12 miles along the Theodore Wirth Parkway. When I had finished I felt as great as I did at the start. Nothing hurt before or after the run. My confidence level in my preparation for Zumbro was at an all-time high. The hard work and persistence of training out in the cold and snow all winter was paying off big. Well, after 12 of the best training weeks and best training day of my ultrarunning career, things came to a grinding halt.
The following day I awoke to tightness in my hips and a slight soreness in my groin. I had experienced similar symptoms before after some tough 20-mile workouts, so I wasn't worried. However, as I started out on my run that evening, it was apparent that something was wrong. The first 5 minutes of the run was very painful, with sharp shooting pains in my groin, near the beltline. I pushed on through and eventually the pain subsided and I was able to run a decent 8:15 pace the remainder of the run. Since then, I haven't run....................
Last Wednesday I went to see a GP to get checked over. Since that last painful run the week before I had a constant tightness in my lower right groin/ab, and every time I tried to jog it was very, very painful. The doc checked me for a hernia, but found nothing. I was referred to Tria Sports Clinic for evaluation and treatment the next day. After a brief consultation on Thursday, I had my full evaluation on Friday with my PT, Valerie. After an hour of twisting my hips and legs into every conceivable position and trying to recreate the pain I was experiencing while running, she was puzzlingly unsuccessful. The worst part was that every time I flexed a muscle, it almost immediately cramped up. I'm talking everything - calves, hammies, quads, hips. It was a nightmare.
At this point, the early diagnosis is most likely a strained or injured psoas muscle. One of the other chronic symptoms I've had prior to and since the injury is a burning along the right hip, right upper buttock, and down the outside of the right thigh, indicating that something is placing pressure on a nerve. To complicate matters, my thryoid is definitely feeling low. I've been a bit fatigued moreso than usual the past 3 weeks. I initially passed it off as just my training and the time change from daylight savings. However, the cramping during my evaluation, along with stiffness in my hips and irritability raised the red flag of my thyroid crapping out on me again, just as it did this time last year (and all year for that matter). I did get my blood drawn during the visit with the GP to check my thyroid levels, and I'm still impatiently awaiting the results. Since I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I've always accurately self-diagnosed the drop-offs, so I'm expecting that it's low and I'll be having my medication increased for the 4th time in a year.
Needless to say, I'm rather frustrated and disheartened right now. I have no definite diagnosis nor prognosis to returning to full activity. I did get the "okay" from my PT to try and run. Being out of town this weekend I didn't get a chance to go for a run, but I did run around my aunt and uncle's backyard with my son, flying kites. And I have to say, it was rather painful. Nonetheless, I'm going to have to give it a longer go this week. My usual training day to start the week is Wednesday, so I'll find out then. The worst part of this whole "injury" is that I can walk without any pain whatsoever, and do most anything else as well. But, the minute I start running it hurts like a mothereffer. I'm afraid that unless I make a miraculous and speedy recovery within the next two weeks, Zumbro will be a no-go. If so, I'm mentally okay with that because my main focus this year is Sawtooth. If I only run one race this year, it has to be Sawtooth and and I don't want to do anything that will jeopardize that. So, if I have to take more time off to heal properly, that's what I'll do. I hope everyone else is enjoying good health and the wealth of runnable trails out there.
Still seeing red......................................................
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