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May 7, 2010

To Run or Not to Run?

You may all remember that I was saying that I wanted to PR in the 1/2 marathon I'm running tomorrow. Now I'm debating whether or not I should even run. Apparently my body has decided to fall apart. No actual limbs have fallen off as of yet but I think I'm moving that direction.

For the past few weeks I've been having some hip/piriformis/IT pain but it's been manageable. Things got bad last Sunday when I had a 17-miler on the schedule. I ran it with my sister Juli, who had 20 (her first 20 before her first marathon). Needless to say, I couldn't let her do the last three on her own. I felt pretty good during the run but things got progressively bad after. (Side note: It wasn't the extra 3 miles that did it. I would've have felt crappy after regardless.) So for the next three days, I RICEd and cross-trained and used my trusty foam roller.

And then yesterday I tried to run. Bad idea jeans.




Through the wonders of the internet I have self-diagnosed myself with hip bursitis, old-man arthritis, wonky piriformis pain, cancer, or Wimpy Runner Syndrome. I'm hoping it turns out to be the first or last.

So I'm still going to pick up my race packet today and drive the course. I'll do some more stretching, foam rolling, anti-inflammatory popping, and icing and see how I feel tomorrow. I was just really looking forward to "racing" so I'll be disappointed if my body decides to not cooperate. Plus I hate not being able to run. It currently is the only constant in my life.

In other news, I have officially committed to Grandma's Marathon. Like registered and everything. So I guess there's that to look forward to if the half doesn't work out. I'll keep you posted.

Happy weekend, happy running!

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