Sunday, April 02, 2006

Resting, Injured, and Frustrated

Between my pulled rib muscle and my messed up knee/IT band, there's not much I can do. It hurts to sleep! Ugh. I'm so discouraged. I've been resting and trying to do a little here and there but everything hurts.

Yesterday, I ran on the treadmill. 3 miles. Slow. 30 minutes. I could do it with minimal pain if I went verry slowly (about 5.8-6.0 mph) on an incline no less than 1.5. There was some pain after 2.5 miles, but it was manageable if I leaned forward slightly and translated the pain to my hips. I stretched lots before and after. I keep telling myself that it's getting better. On Tuesday, I could barely run for 15 minutes before my knee was screaming in pain. However, it hurt to walk afterwards and was still very sore this morning.'s still injured. Sucks.

I did some weight lifting afterwards. My rib muscle is still pulled but it's somewhat better. It's taking forever to heal b/c you can't just stop using it. Every time I roll over in bed, it hurts! It was much easier to work through the pain than my knee, however, and I was able to manage a quality lifting session. I think the activity actually made it feel better.

So I'm frustrated. I'm not working out nearly as much as I'd like and I'm so worried of losing everything. I was supposed to fly north this weekend to see my folks and run a little race with my dad. Between my knee and being crazy-busy in lab, I scrapped the race and cancelled the plane tickets. I'm feeling a little frazzled. The Carlsbad 5000 is next weekend. I was so looking forward to it, but now I don't know if my knee will be able to hold up! This sucks. The season hasn't even started and I feel like I'm already out of the game. Sigh.


Tammy said...

Oh man, injuries SUCK!!! The mental aspect is the worst though... don't let it get you down. You've got some great info in the post below. Just focus on what you can do to improve... you'll get there!

bunnygirl said...

Hang in there! As long as you don't go making it worse by doing too much, too soon, you'll be okay. You'll be back on track sooner than you think. It will only feel like forever.

Kewl Nitrox said...

Focus Focus... Don't let the injuries get to you. Stretch lots and hold the stretches. Will be praying for healing for you. (I hate rib injury too - esp in the middle of the night when I turn in bed. OUCH! I identify.)

Mon said...

Here's how much more in shape you are than me. 5.8mph to you is slow. 4.1 for me is a run/jog!! HA HA! You'll get back into it!!

Cliff said...


U don't lose your fitness as much as u think u do. We tend to think if we stop working out, we will lose it. In reality, we lose maybe a little but not as much as we think.

Take care of that knee.

I can understand the inability to train. I am getting my teeth fix now. The worst is the unkown factor. i don't know when i can train. Just have to take it one day at a time.

When my dentist did 3 root canal on me sat...the first question i ask after he is done was "can i swim"....he said "yes" :D

jameson said...

sorry to hear about your injuries... i was going to tell you to come out to the club race this weekend, but it sounds like you need the rest. i hope you recover quickly!

jessie_tri_mn said...

I agree with tammy, the mental aspect of being injured is often far worse than the pain.

Running might not be what is best for you right now, when you're injured any pain can be bad for healing. Cross train, cross train, cross train! That's why you are a triathlete :)

Hang in there, you'll be back up and runnin' in no time!

Rachel said...

thanks for all your comments. i am feeling better. it's just slow to heal. I can bike so that's something.

Kewl Nitrox--Yes, rolling over in bed is excruciating!

Jameson--I would love to come out to the race just to meet people but I've signed up for the Carlsbad 5000, which is on the same day. If I'm feeling at all better, I'm going to try and do that.