Call me crazy?

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We’ve got a GOTR 5k to run

Ok, one week back to a bit of running and? I’m putting it on hold for a couple more weeks. Not by my doc’s orders, nor by my PT’s orders, but by my gut instinct’s orders. While it sucks, I’m pretty proud of myself for going the conservative route.

As I’ve been doing my run/walking, things have felt pretty decent. But after I’ve stopped, the origination point at the ITB, where I tore, is a little too stiff and “tugging” for my liking. I can push and prod around in there and not get any tenderness, but still. I’d rather feel really good about things than worry and potentially lead to further injury.

One of the biggest contributing factors to my decision is that I’ve been coaching Girls on the Run all season and our 5k is May 31. If I couldn’t run this with my daughter, I’d probably need a straightjacket. I figure by stepping back a bit, I’ll better ensure my ability to avoid that scenario. Everyone involved should be happy about that.

I probably didn’t help my cause by adding in a pretty tough boot camp class last week just prior to starting back to running. I didn’t originally think the two would coincide, thinking I’d be running later down the road, but they did. And I think that was too much load introduction at once (my PT agrees). Given that running is my bigger priority, I gave up the boot camp until I’m all put back together again perfectly. Hopefully when I try running again in a couple of weeks without that added stressor, things will feel fine.

In addition to the 5k, I’ve got runs I definitely don’t want to miss over the summer–vacation runs at the shore, and the most exciting of all, runs in the Alps while in Europe. I can’t jeopardize all that with another setback. That said, it’s been a long year of little running so far and I really, really need to put it behind me.

The roller coaster ride continues. I’m guessing you’re as sick of hearing about it as I am talking/thinking about it. Bike rides and swims for the win this weekend! (that’s false enthusiasm in case you were wondering).

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  1. I think you did the right thing. I love the idea of having an organization like Girls On The Run! I would probably do the same thing.
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  2. There has never been an injury I’ve come back from that I have felt “normal” the first bit back. I think you are being very smart about it though. There isn’t a need to do more damage and hopefully these next two weeks will fly by. :-)
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  3. You are not crazy at all. In fact you are being the smartest runner ever. I’ve come back too soon and have paid the price. The roller coaster of injuries isn’t fun. Stay off it at all costs! Plus, running with your daughter is 10000 more important!
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  4. Ha ha ha – you are too funny – and you’re also very, very smart. That is not an easy decision to make but you know you’re making the right one! Run a little now or 8 miles in the Alps? Seems simple, but I KNOW it’s not.
    Enjoy the bike and the pool :-)
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  5. I think you are being smart and that is very important! You’ll be glad for taking extra care now later on when you reap the benefits :) And yay for the Alps! You know, holler at me if you need any last minute tips/insight :) :) :)
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  6. Not crazy. You are making the choice to not run, which is very different than not being able to run or someone telling you that you can not run. You know your body better than anyone else and when something doesn’t feel quite right. Being conservative with returning to running is hard, but I am learning the hard the right way to do it, but it is still frustrating.
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  7. You’re modeling a really important (and tough) decision! Stubborn runners always learn the hard way but it helps to see experience runners who are doing the right thing. And I didn’t realize you were going to Europe this summer- that is definitely worth resting up for!
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  8. I know how hard it is to step back and listen to your body when your mind is SCREAMING at you to run! Way to go, mama. You are setting a wonderful example for your daughter, all of the girls in GOTR, and all of us! Can’t wait to hear all about the GOTR race. I coached four seasons of the program before my girls were born, and I can’t wait to get involved again when they’re old enough to participate. It’s an amazing program!
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  9. Sounds like a great idea. The Girls on the Run program is so awesome…wish there was one in Amelia’s school. I totally agree you wouldn’t want to miss that.
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  10. Crazy smart! You’re definitely making the right choice. You’re in this running thing for life. Make the right, smart choices and you’ll be good to go an ready to run the gotr!
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  11. you are so wise!! gut instinct is always right
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  12. I think it’s wise to be conservative and take the extra caution! I also always think runner’s know their bodies well and your instincts are likely correct. I loved coaching GOTR and that’s great that you’ll get to run the 5k with your daughter :)
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  13. I’m so sorry to hear this! I’m worried about this for me as well. Prior to breaking my foot, I had already planned to dial it down for 6 weeks and let my trainer help me build some strength. But once I get the green light to run, I was planning on doing short (4-6 miles) distances a couple times/week again, to keep my legs in the game.

    Hope things get better for you! Hang in there. Good that you listened to your body.
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  14. Way to listen to your body! Wishing you a speedy recovery
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  15. If *you* think it’s time to pull back…it’s time. I admire your inner strength to listen to your body the way you do.

    I always assume people are tired of hearing me agonize over aches, pains and injuries. Then I realized it doesn’t bother ME to hear other people’s issues, so I have to hope others are more understanding than I give them credit for, too.

    B*tch and Moan away! This is about the best outlet imaginable for a runner, anyway. :)

  16. yup we talked already about this, but I think the mental aspect is every bit as important to address in recovery as the physical
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  17. Not crazy at all – sounds like a wise decision. And so much better that you get to make the decision instead of having it made for you!
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  18. It’s not easy to listen to your body when you’re so eager to run- good for you.
    The GOTR with your daughter will be awesome, and well worth the wait! And the Alps?! When are you heading to Europe? That’ll be amazing!!
    I’m also sick of talking and thinking about my issues. It’s always on my mind!
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    • MissZippy says:

      Thanks, Abby. We’re going to southern Germany, Austria, and then finishing up at Lake Como. Can’t wait!

  19. Kudos to you for knowing when to say when!
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  20. Smart girl. I could give up a lot for the chance to run in the Alps!
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  21. It’s a good thing I have my eye appointment in two weeks. Mis-read the post title as “Call Me Crappy”. I refuse to call you crappy!!
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  22. I think it’s important to ensure we are fully healed before getting back to it…because it can in fact lead to further injuries if we don’t. So wise! Enjoy the biking and swimming :) And Europe for the summer? Awesome!
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  23. Better to be smart about it and suffer temporarily than do more damage and suffer permanently.
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  24. Oh – sorry that the start back didn’t go quite like you were hoping! As hard as it is to step back you are so smart to look at the big picture!!!
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  25. I did the same thing after recovering from an injury. Everyone I knew was shocked but I still believe it was the best decision even though I was cleared to run.

    I ran GOTR with my daughter (her Mother’s Day gift to me!) and a team I coached and we had the best time. A few lifelong runners in the making and I was a part of that :)
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  26. You know you best & to me, safe rather than sorry is a good thing! You have learned how to be patient & get thru it so a couple more weeks will not hurt… :)
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  27. Smart move :) Save it for the fun stuff!

    Where in Europe are you going? How did I miss this?
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  28. Smart lady!
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  29. Listening to your body and taking it easy so you can run with your daughter later this month and in the Alps this summers sounds like pretty good self coaching to me! Good girl!
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  30. Very brave of you… I’m struggling with the thought of taking this week easy (max 5km a run, aiming at 3km for most of them) also have a injury and I need time out, but this weekends race went OK so why rest now!!!
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  32. I am so sorry for my delay in replying! I feel like a bad friend, but I KNOW you did the right thing here Amanda. You are being smart, and that WILL pay off in the long run! Trust in the journey, and be proud of yourself for listening to your body. I am here if you need me :)
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  33. Geez how’d I miss this??
    Very wise move indeed. You know your body best and only you know how it feels. Love that GOTR pic! Our race was last week. SO much fun!
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  35. what i love about you is that you are experienced enough to listen to your body and stop pushing like most people would do. Hoping all is well for this weekends race!
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  36. I popped over to see how you were and if you were running yet. Sounds like things are coming around, so that’s good. And it’s totally understandable about pulling that trigger to jump back in until you’re fully ready.

    Good luck with your daughter’s 5k tomorrow. This was the first year in 5 that I didn’t coach GOTR and I did miss it (but it was time to move on).

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