Monday, April 23, 2012

Please, Could We Not Do This Again?

I’m going to tell you something and I don’t want to.

You may have noticed I’ve been quiet about last Friday’s long run. That’s because I’ve been too busy cussing and punching people to let you know what is going on.  I had 16 miles scheduled. I made it 13.

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To add insult to injury, my hair has developed a cowlick giving me a middle part.

I took my own advice and did not run through pain. Well, that’s a lie. I ran until the pain became constant and I knew running more might do me in. So at mile 13, with so much more energy and desire to run, I stopped in my tracks and called for the dreaded pussy pick up. Good thing Ken was home recovering from his surgery on the couch so he could come and get me. Hope he didn’t pop a stitch.

While the pain isn't always there, it haunts me. It is elusive and inconsistent, which is why it is such a bitch. Haven’t you known a bitch like that? “I’m here, pay attention to me! Now I’m gone, forget you ever saw me!

On the better days, I think it’s not so bad and I’m working through it. On days like Friday, I fear I’m in trouble again. Let’s be honest – since my hip stress fracture my body’s been compromised. My hip has healed, but there has been a slew of other left side bullshit.

I don’t know what it means, but I know I’m headed to the doc tomorrow afternoon. I have done nothing since Friday. No running, biking, skipping. I was avoiding an MRI, but now I think I need one. I am fearing the worst, yet trying to think the best. I’m not sure how I’ll cope with being sidelined once again, especially going into race season. But, I will.

The pain runs along my ham-ass crease and sometimes radiates to my groin (yes, I said groin. Would you rather I say pee-pee area?). My best hope is that it is soft tissue and not the bone causing my pain. But, it feels like bone (TWSS, could not resist even in the midst of my doldrums and self pity).

Yes, I am white, thin, female and in my forties. This puts me in the high risk group for stress fractures. I wish I was a stocky, young, ethnic-type man. But then I would be too sexy for myself and not have time to run because I would be splashing cologne on myself and doing booty calls.

I’ll keep you posted. I see the sport’s med doc tomorrow afternoon. Until then I am pretending to stay positive and have perspective by saying things like:

  • It’s probably nothing! You probably just have a mosquito bite or gas!”
  • It’s only running! I am so much more than just a runner!” 
  • Your problems are so First World! Boo-hoo you can’t go run with your fancy watch and carb load with Dots candy! Get over yourself” 
  • I cannot wait to see what I learn from this! It is so fun to learn from adversity!

Oh, and I can’t forget my favorite, “This too shall pass.” I only usually use that one when talking about kidney stones or constipation.

Wish me luck with the sport’s doc man. I hope he smells like cologne.

SUAR

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    1. Awwwwweee crap I know exactly what you're feeling!

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  2. Feeling your frustration. Someone needs to put your hip bitch in her place. Mine, too.

    I hope it is just soft tissue and something that someone can give you a plan to remedy...a plan that WORKS. Good luck!

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  3. So sounds like a mosquito bite. Lets go with that ... best of luck tomorrow.

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  4. Injuries SUCK! I am off running for 4-6 weeks. The groin pain you describe is part of mine. Apparently there is a muscle called the phoas there that effects just about everything else in your leg. I tore mine. You symptoms sound similar. Check it out on google or something. Hope you feel better soon. Good for you for calling for a ride. I ran through the pain and I haven't run since.

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  5. Cologne...it's the reward you get for waiting so long to see someone for 5 minutes! AND they take your money too!

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  6. Here's hoping that it's nothing major and a little R&R will fix it! :)

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  7. Good luck! I hope he smells like a cologne that you actually LIKE (it's worse to smell stinky cologne than no cologne at all, right?).

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  8. I know how you feel. Same injury, same refusal to be quiet. I am hoping for the best for you.

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  9. God, you know I feel you. I'm still recovering from my left hip stress reaction after months dealing with the right hip stress fracture last year. I just came from my first Rolfing session, which my acupuncturist recommended becuase it seems that my issues may be structural/alignment oriented--all going back to a bad car accident when I was 15. I have hope right now. Sending you healthy hip vibes, girl! (PS I know JUST what you mean about the pain taunting you even when you aren't feeling it. Ugh.)

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  10. Injuries suck so much...I hurt my back over the weekend, was in bed from Saturday afternoon until this morning....about went crazy and didn't get my long run in Sunday morning. Hopefully my chiropractor can fix me up tomorrow :) Good luck!!

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  11. Oh gosh. I'm sorry, that sucks.
    I hope it is nothing a little rest can't fix.

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  12. Good Luck! Hope its nothing too bad and rest fixes it up!

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  13. I hope it turns out to be nothing and something that just requires some rest! I know the feeling!! Injuries suck and turn your life upside down!!

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  14. fingers crossed for good news and a quick recovery.

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  15. This post made me (almost) pee myself! I should be feeling sorry for you, but I'm too busy laughing.

    "I wish I was a stocky, young, ethnic-type man. But then I would be too sexy for myself and not have time to run because I would be splashing cologne on myself and doing booty calls." Bahahaha!

    You always get me in trouble at work because I laugh out loud and my cubicle neighbors all ask, "what's so funny" and I'm all "nothing."

    On a serious note -- I feel your pain *literally*. I hope it's not bone. I am hoping my pain doesn't stem from bone either, but we'll see. I'm on an IB profen regimen to see if it helps. My damn left foot strikes again.

    Rest, watch trashy TV, and try not to constantly think about the fact that you're not running. I know, I know. Easier said than done. Sending healing vibes your way!

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  16. ack!! sorry to hear this!! Hope you find out something definite.

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  17. I feel your pain (figuratively, not literally). I've whined enough about my stress fracture, and I still have plantar fasciitis to deal with...same foot. I am loving my bike. But I miss running. Do u think I could learn to love swimming?

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  18. Here's hoping that the specialist has nice cologne and warm fingers for fondling your butt. While we're at it, we might as well also hope he has some magic bullet that will cure you good. It is too much to hope for that the cure involves sex 3 times a day, in a different position each time, using that stupid bosu ball for balance while doing so.

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  19. Luck! I hate being injured... But in saying that I'm a mid-twenties overweight triathlete and I'm bound to get injured. I fall off my bike ALL the time...

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  20. Beth I am going to cross my fingers and everything else that this turns out to be something minor! Positive thoughts flowing your way!

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  21. Hoping for the best with the diagnosis. Running injuries might be first-world problems, but that doesn't make them suck any less when you're living them. Hope your ass rallies.

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  22. Bugger! Please let it just be soft tissue.

    I'm having problems with just one thing in this post - constipation. It just doesn't seem to fit you.

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  23. Good Luck, Beth!! In recovery mode myself. Again. Which is bullshit. I mean really, how much character do we really need anyway? Seriously, good luck!!!

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  24. Yikes!! Oh I hope it's the best case scenario (gas?)

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  25. Good luck. I have the same exact symptoms and i've been doing no exercise for 6 weeks now. It sucks ass.

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  26. Good luck!!!! I too suffer from inconsistent pain in my leg hamass area. I was told it was my piriformis acting up.

    BTW - the stocky, ethnic young man DOES run. On the treadmill. With way too much cologne! It happened. My nose hasn't recovered.

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    1. true story about the excessive cologne....

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  27. NO way around it, this SUCKS! I feel your pain, not literally but almost. I am recovering from round two of tendonitis in my left foot. I run at almost half the pace I used to and feel like I am starting all over again each week. I have good and better foot days and always wonder, is there a round three? It's devastating to think your injury has the potential to not fully heal. Just know that you will do what you need to for recovery. That may mean laying low or hell, taking Fosamax or something. It will pass, but for now, I'd feel just as pissed off and betrayed. Good luck, hope the doc smells like nice cologne.....

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  28. Ugh! I had one of those cut-short runs last week, too...only mine is because I'm obese and I just can't run as far as I THINK I can. Feel free to take some of my body fat from me if you think it might help reduce the risk of the SF. In the meantime, I'm so sorry you're dealing with this bs! I hope you get some answers tomorrow!!! xo

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  29. Boo. I'm sorry, Beth. I had a pussy pickup myself last Sunday. Lower back pain starting at Mile 11, DONE at 15.57. DONE. Walked a couple miles to a Chevron and called my husband.

    I wonder if you are having SI joint problems too? Your back may not hurt, but apparently it can cause hip/butt/groin pain. Mine is localized in my back (left side), so it's pretty easy to diagnose. Good luck and hope it's nothing serious. I've had this happen before and it resolved fairly easily. I'm able to run a little, but it's at a geriatric pace.

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  30. I was going to write something really supportive and serious until I read Keith's comment about butt fondling and the bosu ball activities. So...hoping you get some answers from the doc. I had a stress fracture in my femur and still feel that little twinge on occasion...just a little reminder when I get out of all PT exercises/stretches that I know I should keep up with. Hang int there!

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  31. I have a hamstring bitch that involves my hip...somehow. My dx is a hamstring pull or tear with some kind of soft tissue "issue." Sometimes it tugs at my knee. I've been seeing the PT for EVAH. I'm giving my hammy another week to get over herself and then I'm just going to run through the pain again.

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  32. And I want my arms to look like your arms.

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  33. im picturing you as a pudgy, greasy italian stallion dude and i gotta say, its a good look for you.

    wishing for the best for ya!

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  34. I'm so sorry, I'm wishing for the best. I know how it feels and it sucks!

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  35. Isn't it soooooo annoying?! I have toldmyself every single one of those things. I go to PT twice a week now, and aside from developing a school girl crush on my therapists (yes there are two), I'm not sure how much it is helping.
    But this too shall pass right?!?!?!?! ;)

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  36. Good luck. The only trite optimism I have to offer is that if it IS something that will require some extra attention, treatment, or general TLC, that you went with your gut and cut that run short before things got worse. Hang in there and look up fart or poop-related memes to pass the time and lift your spirits :)
    (http://www.memecenter.com/fun/115361/I-dont-always-fart-when-you-have-company-over)

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  37. I have said all those things to myself too. They just make me feel worse because injuries just plain suck. You never know what to do when the stupid pain comes and goes. Good luck tomorrow; hoping it's just your ass trying to deal with your awesomeness :)

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  38. Sucks Balls Man! Sorry. Grrrr. I can throw some stuff for you too. I just did. I'm feeling kind of frustrated too. After an awful Boston where I cried and sucked air while being cooked the entire time, I still haven't run. Getting an MRI soon to see about a possible SF in my pelvic region. Doubt that it is a SF but hate feeling pain there. Yes, keep us posted Beth.

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  39. Good luck! If it makes you feel any better, my LAC has been acting up all week. No running for me. Just my foam roller, ice and some vodka.

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  40. Yikes! I am sure you have tried compression shorts but I have a sneaky pain in my left hip sometimes - but when it comes man it kills like a mothereffer. These shorts really help me out.

    Keep your PMA and maybe go for a walk with a glass of wine in a cup (you know the classy way). Hoping for good news for you!

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  41. That really does stink; hope the doctor smells good and has the mojo to figure out what's going on and how to fix it for good (without cutting out running for any length of time). Crazy how it drives us nuts to not be able to do something that non-runners can't understand why we love, isn't it?

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  42. Might be a little bit of arthritis - it happens...caught me off-guard last year from one too many head butts in soccer over the years. In the neck ! Physio defintely helps; and does not let it stop me from doing other activities. Good Luck !

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  43. Much luck to you, I hope whatever it is is easily fixed with a little more rest! My left side hates me too- IT band, blisters, side stitches, rotator cuff issues, all bug when running and ALL on my left side. Frick.

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  44. Good luck! Sorry to hear you had to cut the run short. Although, you made the right choice. Grrrrrr....sucks though, I know.

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  45. I just love how upset, mad and sad you are you still have your sense of humor!!!
    I hope the doc smells good and gives you a good butt rub!!!

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  46. Good luck and I hope it's an easy-breezy fix! I love how we all share our pains with each other. We are a world-wide running community of support for sure. Keep us updated on your diagnosis and progress.

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  47. this blows.

    sorry lady.
    Hoping it's a very small - size AAA bump in your running road. Andddd that your DR looks & smells like the OLD SPICE guy.

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    1. I'm on a boat! I love him. I seriously would become injured on purpose if my doc was the old spice guy.

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  48. Hey lady, I feel your pain! I hurt myself recently too and I am hoping I can work through it easily enough - let's get it done!

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  49. Sorry, Beth, it really does suck! But don't give up hope. You are one tough chick! You can get through this! I am pulling for you!

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  50. Fingers crossed that it's nothing. Best of luck! If nothing else you could rejoin the pool pussy posse while you heal.

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  51. Damn, Girl. Love the sense of humor. Developed a ruptured disc last year right before my first scheduled marathon. Conveniently enough after I trained for an entire year, and thru an Alabama summer mind you. Fortunately, I got a spinal block and after a month was able to run again. Completed 2 marathons, registered for a third and low and behold...yep! Mother scratchin back is effed up again. So I feel ur pain! Sucks but someone has to take it up the ass...

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  52. Hearing advice from others - especially those who do not run - never helps. So just know that you are in my thoughts and I hope all goes well!

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  53. Good luck Beth, I feel your pain too. I have to get in and see a doctor.
    Let's both keep our fingers crossed for a simply remedy:)

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  54. Good Luck!! Only positive thoughts for sure!

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  55. Ah man, good luck with the Doc! Sending positive vibes your way!!

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  56. Ok, I had to share this...I tried to read ur latest post at work today, but our Websense thingy blocked me, and put ur blog under the category of sex! Interesting...running...sex...odd connection. Anyways, I thought you'd get a kick out of it!

    Curious how the appt went.

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    1. Someone else told me the same thing!!!!! I'm too sexy for myself obviously.

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  57. Oh no. I have spent almost as much time on the bench as recovering and building back up to only have the bench come back and bang my ass. People love to say positive stuff.....what else can you say really? But I know that feeling. Grrrrrrrrrrrr. I hope for the best!

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  58. I hope your potential injury is nothing serious. I have a crappy IT Band thing going on right now, so I know how much it sucks to stop your activities. Its torture! I really hope that your MRI comes back just fine!

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  59. I know you already had your appointment, but just wanted to add this. I had nagging hip pain (mostly in my groin, but also my lower butt) for a couple years that would never go away, I finally got an MRI to see if it could be a labral tear and/or something called FAI. Turns out I have both :) I always ignored those things as a possible cause when I would google my symptoms because they are less common running injuries. Anyways just thought I'd that as a possible cause. Good luck.

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  60. Nice post and Enjoyed every bit of your blog post.Thanks for sharing Again. Really Cool.

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  61. "But then I would be too sexy for myself and not have time to run because I would be splashing cologne on myself and doing booty calls."

    That is the BEST sentence I've EVER read anywhere. I'm laughing so hard, I can hardly see the screen, I'm shaking and tears are streaming down my face.

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  62. Dammit about the injury/pain. Hope it's just soft tissue and taking a week or two off will resolve things.

    I am kind of wishing you were a stocky, young, ethnic-type man too. SO HILARIOUS.

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