Turns out that my cut-back week is now recovery week. 😦
I’m one of those obsessive runners who hates missing a run. Firstly, because I love running, and secondly because I love plans and checklists and ticking things off from The Plan (aka my this year’s marathon training guide).
So, as the countdown widget on the blog shows four months to go, and according to The Plan I’m supposed to enter week six of training… I find myself in a spot of trouble.
My darling, my darling my left leg, which has never given me any trouble, is screaming. All my injuries (and there have been a few) have always been centered around my right foot. As in the forefoot and ankle. I’ve barely ever had a twinge anywhere in my legs. Let alone the left one.
So, when I woke up with soreness in my hamstrings on Sunday, I chalked it up to not stretching properly the day before. And ran.
When it was still painful on Monday, I counted my lucky stars that I had a day to rest and walked through the pain.
When I woke up today with a hard, painful knot on the back of my thigh, unable to walk without a limp… I got worried.
I limped to work, still hoping it was muscle soreness that could be walked off… only to realise that I was unable to walk up the stairs at work, as my leg refused to lift off the ground enough.
Cue a round of cursing.
Called up the sports massage therapist (who I hadn’t seen in a year, my bad) and instead of running, spent my evening there. So, basically seems like I have a minor to moderate tear. F***!
I do not do injury well.
In other news, I’ve apparently messed up my back in the year since I saw her last. It’s all painful spots that made deep tissue massage impossible. So, while I wait for the leg to heal, I have massage appointments every other day to get my back…back. :p
And while a part of me is screaming at me, “Run! Follow the plan,” my head knows by now that rest and recovery are more important for longterm goals than trying to outrun an injury.
(This is more wisdom than last year, when a minor injury ignored eventually took me out of the game for two months.)
In order for this post not to be all whine, here’s dinner:
Portobello mushrooms stuffed with leek, yellow bell peppers, leek and creme cheese. Yum! 🙂