It all started 3 days after the marathon when I woke up feeling pretty darn good. So I decided to go for a walk. That walk turned into a run. I just couldn't help myself. I'd tell myself that I was being stupid and start to walk. That would last for a block and then I'd just start running again. I'd talk myself into walking again and then find myself running. After about 3 miles I could feel my hip again and decided I'd better quit. 4 more days passed by with me itching to run but being a good girl didn't. Finally it was a week after the big day and I headed out for an easy 5 miler. It turned into a painful 7 miler. I tell you that I have a disconnect between my brain and my body. I iced and stretched but didn't really know what exactly was hurting. It didn't feel like my IT band or my piraformis (both previous injuries). The next week I took it "easy" by doing a 4 miler, 5 miler, and another 7 miler all in pain. By that time I knew that I was really injured. I think I was in denial. I took a week off and went to my chiropractor. His diagnosis was my TFL which turns into the IT band. He worked on it twice and sent me off to run and see how it was. 3 miles was too far. I've been in and out of his office 5 times since the start of this ordeal. Part of the problem is that I haven't felt like I could just quit training although that would have been the smartest thing I could have done right after the marathon. I knew I had the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay coming up and wanted to be completely ready for it. However, I am not.
The Wasatch Back is this weekend. I'm runner 6. My legs are not the easiest. I am feeling like I am just not prepared. I am really hoping that the training from the marathon is still in there somewhere and I'll be able to pull it off. I've been biking outside and going to a killer cycling class. But the longest run I've done since being worked on is 6 miles. And it wasn't pain free. But I have been able to do multiple runs in a day without extra pain like 5 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon and 3 at night. I am really watching my stride, keeping it short and quick. I am stretching and icing and rolling. It is all helping and I am getting better. I just wish I had another month or two to prepare. Unfortunately I don't. So I am going to just try to take it easy and get through it. In a way it feels a little like a first marathon. I'm not sure I can do it because I haven't done it before, and I'm not sure that I'm ready. But hopefully in the end I'll have conquered it and will feel some satisfaction. Really, my only goal is to survive and have fun. And after that, maybe I should take a couple weeks off.