Happy Friday

By | September 8, 2017

Happy Friday

I was hoping this might be a Happy Friday Happy Hour catching up with friends post that would include a preview of the Craft Classic Seattle Half-Marathon.  My first race back on a great Fall/Winter race schedule is this Sunday and while training was not perfect, I was looking forward to testing myself over 13.1 miles and securing my first race finish in almost 6 months.  Note the horrible use of tense in that paragraph?  Is/was, would/should…won’t/can’t.  It’s not the Happy Friday post I was hoping to write.

I’ll get to the point – I won’t be running (or swimming or biking) anywhere anytime soon.

After a couple great weeks of training and feeling fresh and finally injury free with my calf back to 100% I felt a bit of a twinge in my back last week.  Nothing much to worry about and I had a great long holiday weekend that involved some running, swimming, and cycling for good measure.

However, by Tuesday the twinge had to turned into stiffness in the lower back and I passed on my swim workout and opted for a glass of wine and some catch up time on the computer.  Next day the stiffness became pain…steadily increasing pain.  I tried a treadmill run but managed only a mile before having to stop.  Thursday, the pain extended into my hip and by our mid-morning project stand-up meeting my left leg had turned numb with pain wrapping all the way to my ankle.  I made it through one more meeting and the rest of the day was spent in urgent care.

In the words of my doctor it looks like I have blown a disc.  I actually appreciated the more down to earth diagnoses.  I’ve been put on a course of steroids and referred to a spine specialist next week to identify the extent of the damage and determine an appropriate treatment plan.  I’m grounded from all running and physical activities.  Given this is the second occurrence I’m not sure what to expect.  My back injury earlier this year was almost certainly related (or the same thing).  I just never got it evaluated medically.  No concerns about trying to run, simple tasks such as standing in the shower are borderline unbearable right now.

Is there any good news?  I’ll try to look for some positives.  The doc said up to 90% of these injuries can be resolved without surgery.  It’s also not likely related to running – at least running is not the root cause in his opinion.  My hip isn’t fractured – they took an X-Ray to be sure and there are no signs of arthritis or anything else in my pelvic area.  I only have painful numbness on one side.  Numbness on both sides = emergency surgery.  And, Paula just bought home pizza, beer, and cheesecake.  No need to worry about a training/racing diet right now so fuck it (at least for this weekend).

(non) Race Plans

The biggest impact to our plans is the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC next month.  This was a huge signature race as it was to be Paula’s first ever marathon.  We made the difficult decision to defer our entries to next year.  I felt truly awful given how hard she has been training over the summer for what would be a huge and special accomplishment.  She’ll provide a full update on her plans over at Never A Dull Bling shortly.

The following race list is likely on the shelf…maybe the specialist will let me walk a short distance but it will depend on the prognosis and treatment plan.

  • Craft Classic Seattle Half-Marathon
  • Sounders Rave Run 9K
  • North County Wine Run
  • Marine Corps Marathon
  • Rock ‘N Roll San Antonio Marathon

I will provide an overview of Craft Classic as I am/is/was representing BibRave but, for now, I’m off to cry in my huge beers for the weekend…Happy Friday!

  • No questions today, just a big thank you to my family, friends, and running/blogging community for your kind words and support.  Injuries suck but they are part of the game.  I’ll be back…really, did I just say that?!!
  • To all those impacted by the hurricanes in Houston, Florida, and the Caribbean our thoughts and prayers are with you…stay safe.

‘Till next time,

Run safe, run strong, run happy!

Cheers!
James

24 thoughts on “Happy Friday

  1. mawil1

    I’m so sorry to hear about your back. I hope that it resolves without surgery. I did mine when I was 19 and it has been a weak spot ever since, I feel guilty just writing this because after the acute phase, physio and regular exercises help to keep it right- but I haven’t done any for about a year….. but it’s all that core stuff.
    Anyhow, for now, enjoy the time freed up from not running – and the beer!!
    I feel bad for Paula too, she has worked so hard. Can she continue without you? Or with you as a sideline support team?
    Anyhow, I hope that at least the pain settles quickly. Thinking of you, juliex

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Julie for the kind words and support – it is very much appreciated. The running community is so supportive and positive and always quick to help out one another. I am really hoping that surgery wont be necessary and it can be resolved with other treatment options…will find out more next week.

      For Paula, she will look at all the options. We had to make the decision to defer Marine Corps because of the magnitude of the trip – if she runs and I defer that’s 2 pretty expensive trips to DC in a year. We are signed up for San Antonio so if all goes well and I can travel, Paula is thinking of running her full there with me cheering from the sidelines! If that doesn’t work out, we’ll keep looking closer. After all her hard work, I really want her to be able to finish her year with that 26.2! Thanks again…take care too!

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  2. J Wilson

    Take care and rest. Its a dreadful pain can grown ups cry!!😭. I did. Mumx

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    1. James Post author

      Yeah, this time it really kicked in…my word. We went down to packet pickup today to at least get the shirts and beer glass…was in a lot of pain by the time I got home…did buy 2 new pairs of shoes though for good measure 🙂

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  3. Chris

    So sorry to read this James!

    You have a new goal now and that is to recover and get stronger than ever!

    Does Paula still want to run a marathon in the next month or so? If so there are lots of them in that time range in the PNW that she could sign up for?

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    1. James Post author

      Thanks Chris…much appreciated! And, you are right the new perspective has to be on healing and recovery to come back for a stronger than ever 2018. Paula is looking at her options…we are signed up for San Antonio and assuming I can travel she may upgrade to the full there while I lead the cheer squad. If that doesn’t work out, she will likely look closer to home to get one in before the end of the year.

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  4. runningtotravel

    I’m so sorry to hear this. At least you have a solid diagnosis, though and it sounds like you won’t need surgery. Best wishes to a speedy recovery!

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    1. James Post author

      thank you Donna, really appreciate the support and kind words…the response from the community has been so uplifting, I’ll be back!!

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  5. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    Jeez, Jamesie, I didn’t realise it was THAT bad. So I’m wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery (and having a few beers in sympathy! 🙂 ) Take it easy my friend.

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    1. James Post author

      yeah, i didn’t find out until Thursday when i had to leave the office in agony…hopefully the specialist can come up with a plan next week and in the meantime, I got a nicely stocked fridge of great beer and am rehabbing on the couch 🙂 Cheers Mate!

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  6. tammi1438

    Sorry for your injury. I’m working my way back from something similar myself. Had my final injections last week. Hoping to least do a 5k by year end. Hang in there…speedy recovery to you.

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you so much for the support and kind words…and good to know that you getting close to the end of your treatment…hope you are able to get that 5k done and come back strong!

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  7. sarahdudek80

    Sometimes it just feels like you can’t catch a break. Doesn’t it?! And I know I always say this but anytime we get injured it seems like it is taking forever and will never get better. Injuries are super frustrating but a great time for us to sit down and make a recovery plan. Take care of yourself and think of ways to make yourself healthier and stronger. It’s a nice way to focus on getting better and less on what we can’t do. I hope you are back at it again soon!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you so much for the support and encouragement Sarah…and I know you are all just a little busy these days!! Yep, just have to come to terms with it and figure out what the treatment plan will be and then follow through to hopefully come back for a strong next year. But, yeah, I would say my frustrations are crazy right now…just been one thing after another! Thank you stopping by and I hope you and Rock are able to at least get a little rest too!!

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  8. Chocolaterunsjudy

    I really am so sorry. You’re right, injuries suck.I admire your fighting spirit though — you obviously don’t let anything get you done.

    I wonder if Paula actually feels just a teensy bit relieved???

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    1. James Post author

      Thanks Judy…yeah, it is tough and I was down for a while…I won’t deny that I’m still super frustrated but nothing I can do than to hope the specialist comes up with a good treatment plan and then follow it to hopefully come back stronger next year!

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      1. Chocolaterunsjudy

        I’ve been injured (although not so seriously to take me out for that long) — and yes, definitely come back stronger! I hope that happens for you. You guys deserve a good 2018! Can’t believe it’s getting that close already.

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    2. Paula

      Relieved about what Judy? Relieved because my husband is in extreme pain? Relieved because my husband hasn’t been able to run any of his races this year? Relieved because my husband can’t run right now period? Relieved because I can’t run the only marathon I’ve wanted to run since this journey began and now I have to settle for another? Wonder no more Judy… I’m not the slightest bit relieved.

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      1. Chocolaterunsjudy

        Paula, obviously I came across as being very insensitive and that is not how I meant my comment — I apologize.

        I hope you would know that I never wish pain or injury on ANYONE. Not even people I don’t like (not even our president), much less people I do like very much.

        I’ll also tell you what I did mean. It never really came across from your blog that you were really excited about running MCM. Which, of course, is one of the problems on computer interactions.

        I often wonder how people with jobs train for marathons. Today, for instance, I got up, had some quiet time, then made & ate breakfast, fed the animals, walked the dogs, went for my run, did grocery shopping at 2 stores, stopped at the pet food store, got home, sat outside with the dogs, unloaded the groceries, made lunch — by this time the day is 3/4 over already! You guys have to do all of that and commute AND spend 8 hours at work.

        If that’s not superhuman, I don’t know what is.

        If MCM is truly the marathon you want to run, why not wait until next year? I get that you’ve put in most of the work. At least, in theory I get it, as I’ve never actually done that sort of training.

        But if it’s truly the one you want to do, and you want to do it with James — I think your first shouldn’t be done just because you’ve done most of the training. It should be somewhere very special. Somewhere you’ll look back at with fond memories for all your life, not done just because you’ve run all these miles and it seems like something you should do. Of course that is my $.02. Which is maybe insensitive again, and if so, I apologize again.

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  9. Sophie

    James, so sorry to hear that. I’ve slipped the L3/L4 disc twice. The first time the symptoms sound very much like yours. Unfortunately the first time round, I didn’t take time off as suggested which meant the pain got a lot worse and it took a lot longer to resolve. One important thing will be to get a physio/PT who gets the sport stuff so they’ll understand that you want to get out there and they can frame exercises etc to that.

    Wishing you a speedy and strong recovery, though I do appreciate it’s likely to take some time.

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  10. SlowRunnerGirl

    So sorry to read this. I hope you have a super speedy recovery. So many collegues and friends of mine working in tech having either blown discs or other back issues …it is the devil. I just spent a fortune on a new chair hoping this is the miracle cure for my issues … 🤔

    Is there any exercise they allow you to do?

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  11. Once_upon_a_run

    I’m super late to this post, but I just wanted to say that I’m rooting for you and I hope you have a smooth recovery. Being sidelined twice is such a bummer, but I’m glad the prognosis is good. 🙂

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  12. terryshen

    Injury sucks, Period. But James, I believe you will be back. Life’s setback is no surprise to most. But it is how we get back up that defines us. And James, you got what it takes. Enjoy the beer and “time off” for now. I will see you on the road.

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