Monday, March 31, 2008

Warning - Black cloud hovering

The marathon is 13 days away and right now the physio has ordered no running for 5 days. You're kidding right? I've started my taper, its true, but this is ridiculous.....a sudden taper you might say. This has only been issue #546 that I have had training for this marathon. It seems I run okay for a couple of weeks and then *pfffft* something happens - I get sick (a few times now), I fall (and I don't even have to be out running for this to happen), work/study/home/life gets in the way......

So what's the problem this time? Well it seems that I have aggravated something (muscular or neural we're not quite sure but probably a bit of both) in my glute that is having an effect on my hamstrings and generating some swelling on the medial/posterior side of my left leg. When some strength tests were tried on my left leg I couldn't do them - there is no strength there, no matter how hard I tried to exert some pressure. How did this happen? Thinking back, I did slip down a rocky slope after the Skyfire fireworks a couple of weeks ago, and landed very heavily on a rock, on my left glute. Its been since then that the problem has developed, especially while running while away at the coast over Easter.

So I'm cranky, tired, miserable, eating to compensate for not running and basically indulging in self sabotage. I see the physio again on Wednesday after having run that morning. Fingers crossed there is some improvement. At the moment I am weaning myself off chocolate (who am I kidding - I've gone cold turkey) and eating apples instead. Not quite the same really. But I don't want to waddle to the marathon start either!

Waaaaaaaaaaah!

11 comments:

Tesso said...

Don't fret CJ, the work's been done yada yada yada ...

I'm sure your body will appreciate the break, I know mine would.

Actually Tuttle told me a story a few weeks ago about a friend of his who had a two month enforced 'no running' taper after falling off a roof. His first run back was a marathon and he did a PB.

IHateToast said...

you sound like you have some cross buns. bummer. i agree with tesso. not because i know anything about tuttle or your abused backside, but because i believe everything tesso tells me.

i think you'll be fine. don't waste energy fretting. you're denying yourself chocolate. so any more stress might kill you.

Ewen said...

Hang on, there's a handkerchief around here somewhere...

CJ, you're hard core scary. Two weeks rest, then you'll come out and blast that marathon course off the face of the earth.

iliketoast said...

i hear lots do PB's after such things in the last few weeks ... buns crossed

strewth said...

Hang in there cj - you've done the hard work and heaps of long runs - an enforced rest won't do you any harm - you will be awesome on the day! You are one strong woman! And in teh meantime ask Mr CJ to give your butt a massage!! Good luck at the physio on Wednesday.

Jen_runs said...

Stay positive CJ. Enforced taper & all that.

Fingers crossed for you!

2P said...

Sounds like it is all going to plan CJ - you'd be nervous if everything was perfect :)

Luckylegs said...

What Ewen said is right...but isn't he always??!!

See you next weekend, CJ.

Ewen said...

No pre-race write-up?

Good idea. Save all your words for the big PB :)

Ewen said...

Come on CJ! We've seen the photos on Strewth's and Spody's blogs. Now we want the words.

Your fans are waiting!

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