The running ghost of Christmas past (2012): Found me running happy and healthy. I spent December doing some of my favorite annual runs: The Celtic Solstice 5-miler, my running groups’ annual jingle bell run with cookie exchange, the Rudolph Relay with my daughter, and my friend Becky’s annual boxing day run and brunch. Running also kept me sane while visiting family in rural Ohio where there’s just not much to do!
The running ghost of Christmas present: Sad to say, I’ll be sitting out running this Christmas. I laid myself off about two weeks ago. I now have MRI results on my hurting proximal hamstring and running is a no go right now (details below). I have missed and will be missing all my favorite December runs, and how exactly I will survive Ohio without my runs, I’m not sure!
The running ghost of Christmas future: I will be healthy come next December and enjoying all those fun runs I am missing this year. More strength work, less speed work, and an immediate shutdown at the first sign of any niggle will get me there. I’m discovering that I miss these fun social runs more than I do races, any day of the week. December running 2014 is a must.
So the details on my injury: I’ve been waiting to talk about it until I had some final word from my MRI and doctor. It looks like I have a good case of tendonosis in my proximal (high) hamstring, along with a bit of edema in the bone where it attaches in (but NOT a stress fracture, thankfully). The treatment will be a PRP injection (plasma therapy) under guided ultrasound at the beginning of the year, followed by rehab. All told, probably eight to 12 weeks without running. The MRI, incidentally, turned up all kinds of fun things–I also have a sports hernia (google that one for some good reading) and some other minor issues, but since those all remain asymptomatic, my doctor and I are not concerned with them. When you are as old as I am and have been running for as long as I have, MRIs are wont to look a bit like a horror show.
Since running injuries are definitely like going through stages of grief, I can tell you I have passed through them all pretty quickly this time and am at acceptance. Do I miss running terribly? OF COURSE! But will it do me any good to wallow during my layoff? Nope. I’m going to do the best I can to focus on what I CAN do for now, even if that’s not what I WANT to do.
In many ways, this injury has been a big game changer for me. I can say with complete honesty that racing and results will take a very big back seat for me moving forward compared to the simple joys of just logging miles. Type A runner, meet your replacement, Type B runner!
Anyone else have injury put things in perspective for them? What does your December of running look like?