Life has been throwing all sorts of curve balls at me lately.
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.
Has anyone ever had this injury in the intercostal muscles before? What did you do?