“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience” ~Robert Fulghum
so that happened. i have been writing about how i’ve been search of my breaking and i think i found it. not really the one i was looking for, but a breaking point nonetheless. I posted last week about having some quad pain after running the Baz 21k and the Bandit 50k a couple of weeks ago and then how I was sore again in the same spot after a rad 25 miles on the back bone trail the following weekend. At the beginning of last week I thought it was still just some soft tissue stuff and the body work I was getting done kind of confirmed that. I was really tight on my left side through my psoas, hips, quads, etc. I took 4 days off or running and got out on the bike a few days. After I rode my leg really loosened up and would feel good the rest of the day. I was really diligent with taking care of it too… as I would any soft tissue damage. Plenty of R.I.C.E and it seemed to working. I woke up thursday morning was pretty much pain free. So being the overly eager person I am I decided to go for jog.
it wasn’t good. the pain was in and out in the m throughout the run in the middle of my quad and was sore the rest of the day. So in over 2 weeks it hadn’t gotten any better with quite a bit of rest and soft tissue work. I started to do some research… gotta love the internet. A lot of the symptoms and pain I was/am having is right inline with a femoral stress fracture. sweet. I am anything but a hypochondriac so I called my doc and was able to get an appointment for Friday. Thankfully I don’t go to a regular family doctor. I go to a group of awesome “sports” doctors at San Diego Sports Medicine. They work with athletes of all kinds. From world champion triathletes to members of the Padres & Chargers. I’ve also enlisted the help of my homeboy Bryan at Rehab United. So I’m in good hands.
I met with Dr. D and he put my through some tests and wrenched on my leg a bit trying to find out what was up. I didn’t have any pain with any of the tests he had me do or with whatever pressure and movement he did to my leg. Then he had me run down the hallway barefoot and the pain was there immediately and then my leg was throbbing a bit while I sat and waited to get X-rays done. Of course the X-rays didn’t show anything… i knew they wouldn’t. So the doc ordered an MRI and I’m hoping to get that done this week.
I’m convinced it’s a stress fracture so I’m treating it like one… even though I’ve never had one before. So that means NO running and trying to avoid anything weight bearing. I have been able to ride and that causes Zero pain, and like i said before, actually makes it feel better for the rest of the day.
All in all… I’m not too bummed. Yeah… it definitely sucks a bit and I was really looking forward to throwing down with the boys at The Old Goats 50 miler in a couple of weeks but it’s not the end of the world. Racing is just a very small part of why I am running and what makes me happy. I just want let my leg heal so I can be back running the trails and surfing every day when the weather gets even more awesome than it’s been lately. I have a lot of other good going on right now so I am in no way feeling sorry myself. just another lesson learned. this is first injury i’ve ever really had since starting to race in 2006. I have had a couple small niggles, some broken ribs from bike crashes, and some shin splints, but nothing that has ever forced me to take any significant down time or miss races…. and I have put my body through a lot! So i’ll rest, heal, and comeback stronger and smarter.
Nerd Graph (thanks maggie) of my running build up. August-Feb.
I’m still a bit puzzled that this happened though (if it is indeed a stress fracture)… I didn’t get crazy with my running straight away. I have years of massive training 15-30 hour weeks) under my belt and when I decided to be a “runner” last summer I ramped up pretty conservatively. I know I “did” a lot but I also recovered well and slowly pushed the limits. the breaking point was obviously logging my frist 100 mile week and then backing it up with a week of 91 & 2 races. In retrospect… not the smartest idea and thing I’ve ever done. There are also a few areas I could have been better. All through the fall I was riding quite a bit, going to yoga and up through october I was dong crossfit 3 days a week. After North Face I cut back on all of those things. I recovered from the race and then began to build my volume heading into the 2013. In hindsight i coulda and shoulda kept riding my bike more and going to yoga. That stuff was keeping me healthy.
many miles. thoughts? observations? am i a complete moron?
So the next time I’ll make sure I do the right things and make sure to have a broader view when it comes to my mileage. Like I’ve said before… I really didn’t follow a plan and miles just happened. Even the 100 mile wasn’t planned. I just woke up on a Sunday morning and had 87 miles on the week so I ran 13 for the hell of it. So at this point I am pretty much taking all the races up to and through the San Diego 100 off my list. I don’t want to feel like am I am rushing to get back into training and just let it happen. Hopefully I’ll recover a quickly as possible and get back to racing some time this summer. Until then I think I’m going to learn how to play golf and continue doing all the other things that make me happy.
I know… i got some work to do. The lifelong baseball player in me wants to come out when I swing.