December 16, 2008

Athletic Version of... The Princess and the Pea

The answer was... tweaked Iliotibial Band. I had therapy on Monday and it was painful, but if it works, its all good.


This is the result of the therapy. Can I tell you I am dreading therapy on Friday? The bruising is the entire length of my thigh and my camera lightened it... the bruising is BLACK and blue and is 2 inches wide by 8 inches long.

This is a result of the unstable area I trained on, on Saturday. I evidently won't be training there again.

I feel like the frickin' Princess and the Pea of marathoning. My shoes must be JUST right. The running surface has to be JUST right.

You should have seen me in the shoe store three weeks ago. I tried on the shoes for my race, ran around, after 10 minutes, the tendon flared nearly crippling me and I said, "No. These won't do."

We spent TWO HOURS trying on shoes. All I had to do was slip them on my feet and I could tell whether they had any stability in them at all. "Nope, this company lied to you. These aren't neutral shoes." "Nope, this shoe has a roll bar." "Nope, these may be neutral, but someone screwed up the left shoe during manufacturing..."

I'm not kidding and I was spot on every time.

I'm a high maintenance endurance athlete.

It's pissing me off...

And I have more frickin' tape on my leg than a frickin' Christmas package. Dammit.

Posted by Boudicca at December 16, 2008 11:05 PM | TrackBack

Holy crap, that's quite the bruise! I know when I train I always have a tight ITB down my left leg, have to roll my leg down a foam roller putting all my weight on it to try and release the tightness and that hurts like hell, I'm guessing that is nothing compared to your therapy ... the things we do eh?

Posted by: Amanda at December 16, 2008 11:41 PM

Wow, Bou! I've had ITB inflammation before - but not that bad!!! Now the silver lining to your cloud ... when you remove that tape, you won't have to shave for a while :) !

Posted by: PeggyU at December 17, 2008 01:36 AM

Amanda- Yup, he has me on my side and he rolls over the tendon, stretching out all the tightness and bad stuff that's built up. The only difference is he doesn't use foam. Heh. He uses this metal thing and I was good for the first 10 repetitions I guess... it was somewhere after that I felt myself instinctively lunge to stop him. I gritted my teeth through most of it but after while, it is just impossible to let someone hurt you like that.

Peggy- Oh that's been my silver lining for 8 weeks! I just rip off that tape and its like a waxing! The biggest silver lining, however, is 3 weeks. I'm officially mentally done... I can't dig much deeper for training. I've lost all faith in myself and am running on faith of others... and I'm not sure that's necessarily a good place.

Bonus is... I am fitting in clothes I've not fit in since November.

Posted by: Bou at December 17, 2008 07:04 AM

Good God, woman. You poor thing. I would imagine you're looking at your "Joan" bracelet a lot these days as a reminder that yes, it does get worse than that. I think I need to get me a "Joan" bracelet, too. I'd wear it all the time.

Posted by: Erica at December 17, 2008 09:28 AM

Just tell us what you need. Not sure what to offer. Pep talks? Chocolate at the finish line? I lack creativity, but will deliver whatever I can. I mean, it is only 3 weeks. 21 measly little days (less than). You can so do that. C'mon, you pushed to get Rachel the support she needed. Ya gotta keep up your end of the bargain!

The mental image of Joan at the finish line with a big smile will be the reward for your successful completion, and You. Will. Succeed.

Posted by: jck at December 17, 2008 09:53 AM

Ouch. Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch. Ouch.

Posted by: Elisson at December 17, 2008 11:39 AM

... good god, woman...... that definitely looks like it HURTS!..... but yeah, what jck said..... just let us know what you need, ma'am..... you are truly doing something that is amazing...... and HARD!....

Posted by: Eric at December 17, 2008 04:58 PM

Oh holy OW!!! And that is helping?? Good grief...

Posted by: Richmond at December 18, 2008 12:00 PM