The Day I Ran A Marathon

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I trained and ran the San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon.  I think to this day it is one of the hardest physical feats that I’ve put my body through and boy am I still paying for it now.

The past year since the race has been a hard one since I hobbled (haha) across that finish line.  I went from really struggling with the fact that I even ran a marathon to trying my hardest to recover from Piriformis Syndrome, which btw is STILL in the process (and driving me crazy because I’m dying to train for a half marathon or 10k again!).

I’ve been giving it some thought this year, reading about everyone else running either their first, or their umpteenth marathon, and it’s really got me hankering to run another one.  I would really love to run San Diego again because a part of me feels like I need to redeem myself over what happened at the dreaded mile 18, but then again, I just love SD and really want to run there.

(I really can’t spell and walk at the same time apparently)

But, at this point in time it is not at all possible.  I am still having some trouble with my hip muscles not cooperating with me and it’s taking forever.  I’ve been strengthening them via lifting and doing Insanity along with lots of stretching, icing and advil, but it’s being persistent and stubborn.  I’m trying to be patient but I think it may have become a chronic injury which is a bummer, but what can I do?  Not much but rest and hope it gets better.  I’m secretly hoping that while I’m in Peru and basically not really able to exercise that it will give the muscles some serious time to rest, recover and rejuvenate so I can start training again!  But for now, it’s Insanity and Bobbi’s Bootcamps at home!

I still really can’t believe it’s been a year since I ran that race, but then again I can.  It seems so far away, but as I reread all my entries the anxiety, pain and confusion over that race all come flooding back to me.  Only time can tell now if I’ll ever run another again, how it will go, and if I’ll feel differently afterwards.

Woot woot!

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3 Responses to The Day I Ran A Marathon

  1. Maggie says:

    The hiking and walking that you’ll be doing down in Peru might be just what your hip needs…slow strengthening without pushing your muscles too far. Plus you’ll be seeing and experiencing so many new animals, plants, birds, etc. that your mind won’t have as much space to think about what your body isn’t letting you do currently. :) And I think that will help too.

    I’m debating signing up for the half or full marathon in my town for this October…it would be my first marathon and I just don’t know…

  2. Ginger says:

    have you had the hip checked out by a sports doc? I’ve got labral tears in both hips, which we found out were caused by hip dysplasia, and there really isn’t much that can be done for that outside of surgery. So if you’ve been working on strength training and it isn’t helping, maybe ask about that?

    • Melissa says:

      I have only been to a physical therapist and regular doctor. Until my new insurance comes through I’ve been holding off seeing a sports doc, as I know they can be quite pricy. I’m hoping that three months in Peru will help everything really heal up and when I get back I can start off really slow again and see what happens. But if it doesn’t get better by then I’m off to the sports doc!! Thanks for the suggestion!

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