I was SO excited to run the Safari Park Half Marathon in San Diego last weekend, and race morning I was feeling good. I was running at a steady pace and hoped to shave a few minutes off of my time from the Hollywood Half Marathon. But around mile 4, I landed on my right foot in a weird way and felt a sharp pain in my knee. Figuring it was nothing to be concerned about, I kept running.
By mile 10, I was in A LOT of pain. The last few miles of that course were among the physically hardest things I’ve ever done – the pain in my knee was super intense. I had to slow down significantly just to make it to the finish line. Needless to say, I did NOT PR, but at that point all I cared about was getting off of my legs and finding out what was wrong.
I went to the medic tent and got some ice. The doctor there thoroughly freaked me out by telling me that I most likely teared a ligament or something and would need to get physical therapy and potentially surgery (thanks for sending me into a panic, medicine man!), but all he could do was wrap my leg in ice and send me on my way.
When I got back to LA, I went and saw my doctor and got an MRI and X-rays: turns out I got a stress fracture in one of the bones surrounding my knee. Thankfully, it’s a pretty common injury and won’t require surgery, but I AM stuck on crutches for awhile.
So, unfortunately, I’m out of commission for the next 2 weeks. The doctor said that I need to let my leg heal, or I run the risk of re-injury, which I definitely do NOT want. But asking me to take it easy for 2 weeks is like asking a toddler to be quiet for 5 minutes – it’s just not in my nature. I’m sure I’m going to be bored and irritated that I can’t run (not to mention that this throws a curveball into my 90 Day Body Overhaul), but I am going to force myself to relax and give my body the time it needs to heal.
While this situation definitely sucks, I can’t lie – having an injury that I got in a race kind of makes me feel more like a real runner. Is that weird? Probably. But I bet you know what I’m talking about?
How about you? Have you ever dealt with a running injury?