Mint’s Training Log – 7.7.13

Sparkler fun with my boy
Sparkler fun with my boy

I am bummed because after running a breakout 3:23 marathon at Chicago last fall, I was really hoping to up the ante and go for another PR this fall in Columbus.  Maybe even 3:20.

But it is not going to happen.  I’ve had lots of little setbacks, and as I’ll expound on more later this week, I am now hurt.

There.  I said it.

I’m out.

I have to admit that I am not sure what I will do this summer/fall.  I am bummed though because not only am I out for the Columbus Marathon, I also do the Capitol Mile every year around my birthday and there is NO WAY that is going to happen.

I think I have about 3 weeks to a month for recovery and then I can start over.  Maybe I can do a half in November?  I am really not sure.

So let’s start with the here and now:

Monday-Wednesday were rest days.  My left side hurt like crazy.  I couldn’t sleep at all as any touch on my left side was brutal.  During the day, shoulder pain and groin pain ruled.  Not good.

Thursday was the 4th of July and I was going to be damned if I did’t run.  I ran 3.5 miles (9:00 pace) and walked a little over a mile to stretch my legs.  My left inner thigh/groin were both stabby and unruly.  D@mmit.

Friday – rest and work day for me.  I tried to ignore it, but my neck and upper back were starting to tighten up all afternoon.

Saturday my shoulder pain turned to bona-fide back pain and it hurt to even take in a full breath.  My leg bruise was healing significantly, but this set back was hard.  Quite uncharacteristically, I was weepy, pissed off, and just …. off.  Thankfully I had some good friends and wine to commiserate with on Saturday night.

Sunday I was still hurty, but it wasn’t quite so bad.  And I determined my pity party was over and needed to get moving.  The whole family and I went on a 3+ mile walk (some riding bikes – NOT me!).  It was nice to stretch the legs and I am definitely moving upward.

Total: 3.5 miles running; 4+ miles walking.

It’s not much, but believe it or not, I feel it is progress……

Mindi is a serial marathoner. She is a private practice attorney, wife and mom of two awesome (and super fast) boys, ages 12 and 14. She coaches Girls on the Run and is a big advocate of youth running.

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  1. NOooooOOOoooooooooo!

    Ugh. I am so sorry. That stinks. I hope you can still make it to C’bus. Maybe you could swing the half there?

    Are you going to see a medical professional about this back?I know it sounds like it’s getting better, but I worry. Backs are scary when they hurt. I hope it’s just some muscular stuff that heals fast, anyway!

  2. You ladies are the best, thanks.

    Salty – yesterday I was ready to seek a doctor, PT, massage, chiro – whatever you could throw at me because I was a mess. Today I feel substantially (but cautiously) better, so I do feel that while I royally crunched myself, I will be okay. I MAY be in for the C’bus half, but I don’t know if I can transfer down and it seems too early to make that call anyway.

    I’ll be making every attempt to rip it up SOMEWHERE if I can though before Jan 1. I promise that. 🙂

    1. I strained my back lifting daughter #1 a few weeks ago and the same thing happened to me. It was manageable and then all of a sudden one day terrible and I was planning on calling in the pros on Monday. I woke up Monday and felt 80% better and never looked back. Hope the same happens for you!

      Cheers to ripping it up in 2013! 🙂

  3. Sorry to hear this! Hoping for a quick recovery! I was relating to many of your previous logs as I have a late September marathon and life was trying to make other plans. Hope that whatever happens, it finds you running happy again!