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!