I’ve come to the realization that I’m injured and I need to seek medical advice. I began to feel a stitch in my lower abdomen back in February – sometime between the Austin Half and Moab. I guessed it was scar tissue that flairs up now and then from an injury I incurred in my college days. It was in that general area. I thought situps would help mitigate the pain but they haven’t. Instead, the pain has steadily grown – shooting upwards into my ribs and downward into my testicles. Enough said. I need a quarter mile to half mile on runs before the pain recedes enough to allow a normal stride and pace. And the pain is with me all day now, not only during runs.
I’d like to think I’ve matured enough to understand the value of seeking medical treatment. To not be concerned about missing a race that cost me $100 in registration fees. I haven’t. So I’m looking for a doctor that I’m confident won’t tell me, “It’s hard to say what it is Ed, just take off the next six weeks.” That’s what so many of them do. They offer the option of a $3000 MRI that insurance covers only 80% of, and tell you to stop running.
Gadget Girl and my buddy Chris both see a local Physical Therapist whom seems more in tune to a runner’s desire to train through an injury. I’m going to setup an appointment as soon as I can get in to see him. The old Ed would wait until after the Bolder Boulder and Steamboat Marathon so that there would be no risk of missing those events. But I have matured slightly. Or maybe it’s just that this injury has got me by the balls. After reducing my average training pace down to 8 minutes per mile, I’m suddenly back up to 8:40 per mile. I need to fix this.
Ed, I’m sorry you are injured. I am injured, too, and trying to decide how to approach. I kept thinking I would train thru it, but no success, only getting worse. Dan thinks it is IT band so I have been doing stretching exercises and I bought a foam roll. I’m seeing a little progress, but I haven’t been able to run for a week and not really sure that I’m going to be running anytime soon. During this time I’ve come to realize how much I really enjoy running (even though I complain regularly about it). I feel like a great accomplishment has now been taken away. I’m not sure if I will run again at my age. So, my sympathy on your injury and my very best wishes for a diagnosis and recovery. Hugs!
Ed Mahoney said:
Happy Mother’s Day Vicki. Knees are so delicate. Definitely take it easy with that.
Wow, good luck. As an expert in the 50-54 “train through the injury” age group, I’ll take the liberty of recommending three things: (1) use your years of training experience and knowledge of your own body to step back, look at the problem objectively, and build a recovery plan based on what you know. It takes a while to understand what exactly you “know” about what is going on and what you need to do, and a doctor or therapist can help but they’re not inside your skin and brain. (2) if it’s an injury that took a long time to get to this point, it will take a long time to go away. Mentally adjust your time frame, or you’ll get frustrated and injure it again. The one true difference in what I am athletically capable of now and what I could do in my 20’s is recovery–it just takes a heck of a long time past a certain point. (3) cross-train. I started swimming when I couldn’t run, did more karate when I couldn’t swim, and I’m now about two years past when my leg was truly messed up and I am competing well in all three events. When the scar tissue in the leg gets too stiff, I swim or lift. When the shoulders start grinding in the pool, I spend more time working out in the dojo. Knowing that I’m probably not going to qualify for the Olympics is liberating, and I’m free to dabble.
On the other hand–we’re talking about your balls here. You need to get on that.
Ed Mahoney said:
That’s good advice, thanks George. The truth in suggestion #2 has me irritated. I just know this is going to be one of those long-term deals. Dammit. I’ve always believed in cross training but rarely have the time for it. I consider hiking to be cross training and will do some of that this summer. I also think I might start swimming with Ellie, my 11 yr old. She wants to train for triathlons.