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Feeling defeated.

Life has been throwing all sorts of curve balls at me lately.

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The Boston Marathon is now 6 weeks away and I am starting to lose hope in my ability to run it.

This is what I have been dealing with… and I’m sorry in advance for all of the whining, but I’m really starting to get bitter about the situation (and downright angry with my body).

I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and a ‘stress reaction’ in my foot, 5+ weeks ago.  I was told to take the 5 weeks off from running, and I actually listened. I knew that taking all of this time off, being able to run Boston would be a long shot, but I knew it wouldn’t be out of the question. Those 5 weeks went by faster than I imagined, and I was finally given the green light by both my foot doctor and my triathlon coach to run Boston. After speaking with my triathlon coach, I feel better about the situation, knowing that my fitness level is super high right now thanks to all of the biking and swimming. He thinks I can get ready for this race in 6 weeks and I think I can too!

The excitement I had this weekend about being able to run the Boston Marathon was abruptly halted when I strained my right intercostal muscle (the tiny muscles in between your ribs).  I had a serious flu all of last week and missed 10 days of training.  Not only did I miss 10 days, but once I started to recover from the flu this past weekend, I got a sharp pain in my intercostal muscles from coughing so much. Things got even worse when I tried to run on Sunday and it was impossible to breathe/move my arms.  Every breath I took, every stride, it hurt.  Cue the disappointment.  I’ve had this injury before, and I know it takes a while to heal.  Well guess what… I don’t have a while and I’m freaking out!  I went and saw my Chiropractor last night who did some mobility exercises with my ribs, and it helped, but I still can’t run without pain. I can’t help but think that this is a ‘sign’ that I shouldn’t be running.  I am trying to believe I will run this Marathon, and finish… but I can’t help but feel extremely defeated right now.  My body is rebelling and it sucks.

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Has anyone ever had this injury in the intercostal muscles before?  What did you do?

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  • Reply Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork March 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I hear you on the bitterness and anger at your body. I went through the same thing this year after back to back to back injuries. My frame of mind was awful. I’m so sorry. I’m coming back from plantar fasciitis as well (have been extreeeeeemely conservative with this injury) so I feel your pain, literally and figuratively. The rib thing I have never experienced, but I can imagine that’s very painful. I know it’s easy for me to say, but take each day as it comes, try to be patient with your body (that’s when my body finally started to turn around–when I was more patient and working with it instead of against it), and accept that it may not happen this year. It’s worse to have a chronically injured body than to miss a race. Sending positive vibes your way!

    • Reply Kristin March 17, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you Stephanie! It’s nice to know that you went through the same thing.. it’s so hard, mentally and physically to deal with this. Plantar Fasciitis is such a stubborn injury with a long road. I like to think it’s improving, but it has it’s flare ups! Was there anything that made yours heal faster (besides rest)? Always interested in hearing how others coped with PF.

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