I realize that it has been a bit of time since my last post, but I really wanted to take a week off from all things running-related. I guess it is that time in marathon training, when one is simply over all of the training, logging miles, dealing with chaffing, and the list goes on.
Little did I know that my subconscious (I think) was telling me to take a break. Why? . . . It turns out that I am injured.
Before taking my break, I noticed that I had a slight pain in my pelvis, but it was nothing nagging. As a matter of fact, I completed an 18 miler relatively pain-free. Today, was my first day back from my 1.5-week running hiatus. I get on the treadmill to do an easy 3-mile run, but every running step resulted in a sharp pain on the right side of my pelvis. I literally ran 4-5 steps, before I climbed off of the treadmill in defeat. Here’s the thing. I have not really noticed this pain in everyday life; it just popped up while I was running this morning. Well . . . if I could call today’s activity running. The treadmill did not even get up to the full speed before I had to stop. The other weird thing is that I did not feel this pain when I biked to the gym and did 30 mins on the stair climber. I guess this is a movement associated with running injury.
Since we have another 50 or so days until NYC marathon; perhaps, I’ll focus more on cross-training, stretching, and other randomness. I found an article that suggests a 1:3 run-to-bike mile ratio. Perhaps, I can substitute cycling for running for the next week or two. I’m not planning to PR for this marathon so I do not really mind if I have to take a couple weeks off to recover. Come to think of it, I’ve never run more than 18 miles during a marathon training season. Technically, I’m already at my max training distance for this thing. 😉
It’s funny how things like this happen. This time around, I thought that I was (somewhat) killing this marathon training. This season, I was actually doing all of my long-runs and not blowing them off for boozing around the city. While I bitched about the summer heat (quite frequently), I still managed to log most of my planned miles.
Let see how this goes.
I hope you’re going to get this checked out by a physical therapist. It could be something serious, like a stress fracture, or it could be something minor that can easily be worked out before the marathon. In either case, you should see someone to look at it.
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I’m gonna stay off it, running-wise, for another week and then see someone. If it’s a stress fracture, there’s really not much I can do about it except rest. Maybe drink more milk 😉
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