physical abuse

October 25, 2010 at 8:19 am 4 comments

if it’s not one thing it’s another. i swear my body hates me. and i suppose i don’t blame it. the abuse it takes. my inability to slow down or ease back into running. my inconsistency with doing my pt exercises and core work. i think i confuse my muscles! last week i only managed one short run during the week followed by a short upper body workout. i’ve been pretty stressed about a number of things lately and though i should have worked that stress out at the gym, i opted to have pity parties complete with wine, fattening food and pure laziness. but i figured i could make up for my lethargy with a nice long saturday run through the woods.

i met b3 early and from the get go it was a different run than the week prior. the temp was back up about 10 degrees warmer as was the humidity (have i mentioned that i hate florida!) my si was bothering me. she had a groin strain. and given my week of being a couch potato i felt sluggish and off. our plan had been to do 16. the 14.5 mile loop with a little extra tacked on at the end. i know it seems excessive but i have to admit i have yet to put the chickamauga swap form in the mail. i don’t know why i’m having such a hard time letting go of the full marathon but i suppose i’ve just been hoping for some kind of healing miracle. i know now i’m not going to get it.

in spite of things i felt ok the first 9 or 10 miles but somewhere soon after i started to get a cramp in my right calf. it wasn’t a normal cramp. it felt different. and i can pretty much say that it was more sciatic and was originating in the hip or lower back. i stopped once to stretch it and seemed to get it loosened up but it wasn’t long before the pain came back. by the time b3 and i finally admitted to each other that 16 was not going to happen, we probably should have stopped and walked the last mile or so, but instead we ran every last step of the 14.5 fighting back our respective pain. apparently she is just as stubborn as me. man, we’re a a match made in stupid-runner heaven.

i got home as soon as i could and retreated to an ice bath. strange as it may sound, i actually like them but this one i truly needed. on top of everything else my right knee was swollen and feeling a little sore. likely from my gait changing to accommodate the calf cramp. of course i also have to remember that i have a torn meniscus and though it doesn’t often bother me it is an issue that i need to be aware of and careful about. the bath helped some and i managed to get in a good nap soon after. saturday night was going to be physical abuse in a different context and i knew i needed the rest.

lots of food, excessive wine, beach bar hopping in heels and a couch for a bed. not a good idea. sunday morning i woke feeling sore just about everywhere. the girls and i headed to the beach. cold water as a hangover recipe, hot sun to help sweat it out and a two-mile walk to remind the body it was still alive. my knee was still sore (though not as bad) and the wrong step would send pain shooting through my lower back but the walk helped. just moving helped. but my body clearly was not happy with me.

today i feel a little better all the way around. except for the three pound weekend gain weighing extra on my joints. yes, three pounds of goat cheese, chocolate wine, and midnight meatballs all capped off with a sunday morning breakfast of potatoes and breakfast burrito heaven. so delicious but so not good.

i’ve got to take a couple of days back off the run. i can feel that for sure. but the pity parties need to go. the food, the wine, the couch. no more. today i’m back in the gym on a regular basis. if i can’t run. i can lift. i can do the pt i need to maintain. i will resists the donuts at the office and forgo the afternoon hershey’s miniatures that call my name. the abuse needs to stop.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kitkat1126  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:14 am

    This morning I woke up feeling bloated and irritable and at first I couldn’t figure out why. And then I realized it was the eating all day, loads of sugar, and way too much alcohol over the course of the last week. I feel you on this. But a fun night out with the girls is always needed 🙂

    Sometimes it’s so easy (and good feeling at first) to give in to the pity parties but long term the feeling is even worse than the original pity party.

    It’s just so crappy that you’ve got sciatic pain/meniscus pain. I think giving your run a break for a few days is a good idea and your head seems to be in a such a good spot to get your body strong and recovering. Consistent PT & core/strength training sound like a great start.

    • 2. becelisa  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

      i feel disgusting. physically and emotionally. you’re right that pity parties feel good at first but the repercussions are horrible. i’ve got to get back to a solid routine of exercise.

      i really wish i had a workout partner! i’ve reestablished a pretty good support network for running but i really prefer having someone to strength train with! and of course it helps to have someone to be accountable to! but i guess for now i’ll jsut have to be accountable to myself and this blog.

      • 3. kitkat1126  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:29 am

        Virtual strength training partner? 🙂

  • 4. becelisa  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

    exactly! 🙂


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