I thought I should give an update on how I am still dealing with injury. So, although a whole 3 months have passed since Chicago, I am not 100% healthy yet. I can safely say, marathon training did quite a number on me.
Maybe I should have done a few things differently. Like, not increase my running mileage from 19 miles one week and then 41 the next! Yeah, that happened.
I just checked out my account on training peaks and I am baffled. What was I thinking? I was just ending a big season of triathlons, my last race was USAT Nationals (19 miles of running that week) and the next week, when I should have been recovering, I jumped straight into marathon training with 41 miles of running!? I think, no I definitely was, in a state of delusion. I would call it robot mode. No thinking, just doing.
I am honestly sitting here just speechless.
Jumping ahead to after the race, even though I had pains all over my body, I continued to exercise because it was a habit. I couldn’t just stop cold turkey. Since then I have slowly weaned myself off physical activity because this body needs to heal. But lets be real, I’m still doing a little bit here and there, mostly yoga and core work.
Currently, my left foot still aches, especially when I am just resting. I feel twinges/aching every night before I go to bed. Does this mean the bone is damaged? Not sure. In addition, the back of my left knee is still strained, but seems to be improving.
Plan of action? Well, simply more rest. Put as little pressure on my foot as possible and protect the the back of my knee.
As much as this sucks, it really is the only option. And I don’t want to spend ridiculous amounts of money on physical training, sorry, but I’m trying to do other things with that money. I have always been like this. I always ride out my injuries and just let them heal on their own and they do. Call me stubborn.
What does all of this mean for the upcoming season of racing? Well, depending on how soon I am 100% healthy, I will begin training again. Slowly, focusing on stability and functional training at first. Light runs, bikes, and swims. If I get out of hand, please let me know!
I hope to sign up for a half ironman towards the end of the summer, but if I find I will not have enough time to train maybe an OLY or two would do. Or a half marathon in the Fall. But, one thing is for sure…I am not signing up for any race until I can get back to training. That would be pointless. The main focus right now though, is to get healthy.
One positive from all of this is that I have been experimenting more in the kitchen and trying new recipes! On Saturday I made my own pasta sauce with roasted sweet tomatoes, red bell pepper, and garlic and tons of spices, and basil. It was delicious! I put it on top of roasted spaghetti squash, which I had never had before. It was a winner!
I hope everyone has a great week of training! Unless you are like me then let’s try not to go stir crazy!