The Injury Update
|November 21, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
So, in a not uncommon move, I was maybe a tad bit dramatic in yesterday’s post.
It turns out, I do not have a season-ending injury that will require me to take several months off, or several weeks off, or even several days off.
It also turns out, sometimes google is wrong when it comes to doling out medical advice. SHOCKING. I know.
I don’t have a strained oblique.
I do however, have a very fucked up rib cage and some inflamed cartilage that is making life very painful. Seriously, if you only learn one thing from this blog, let it be this: do not injure your rib area. Ever. Unless you want to be in the worst pain of your life with every step, laugh, breath and movement. In which case, have at it.
So, remember this guy?
Well, that steep bastard is to blame for my current misery.
I wish I could tell you exactly why, but I don’t really speak doctor talk or anatomy. (Case in point: I nailed the “What state is the Great American Beer Festival in” question at trivia last night but failed miserably at providing an answer beyond “dangly thing” to “what is the thing on a throat of a turkey called?”)
But something about the force of running downhill and the speed and the length of the run and maybe something about my breathing and bam. Injured ribs and inflamed cartilage.
The good news is she promises it will heal quickly. The bad news is it is going to continue to be really painful for a few more days.
The VERY good news is I can run. Slowly. And probably not downhill. She said I can’t really do any further damage to it by running so green-lighted me for a pretty normal amount of miles as long as I abstain from speed work for at least a week (and yes, we did discuss what my definition of “normal amount of miles” is). I’m not allowed to do pilates or lift weights at this point in time…which is fine, since the thought of doing either exercise in my current state of pain sounds downright miserable.
She gave me a super strong drug that I get to take twice a day. After three doses, I can already feel a difference. And she recommended that I continue to ice and use e-stim and do whatever else will help provide some pain relief.
As far as goal races go, Rehoboth certainly will not be the fast half I wanted it to be and Carlsbad is a big fat TBD. I am trying very hard to play it by ear and see how I feel in a week before I make any drastic decisions about my race schedule but I mysteriously keep finding myself on the marathonguide.com race calendar, identifying races to fit every possible recovery timeline.
So that’s the update folks. Thank you SO MUCH for all of the comments and tweets and texts and good fast healing vibes that you sent me yesterday. Scares like this make me so thankful for blogging and the community of runners its connected me with. You guys get it and for that, I <3 you all big time.