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Friday, October 25, 2013

Falling Apart

I am feeling very discouraged. So discouraged that I cried all the way home from the gym today. I'm only in my second week of marathon training, which is barely more than the base training I do year round, and I am already falling apart.

I have been going to PT and doing my at home exercises for my right foot/ankle issue faithfully. It has been feeling much better, until yesterday when it started to hurt again.

While the foot was slowly mending I was starting to feel occasional twinges in my left knee. This has worsened into frequent pain and a terrible grinding noise. My PT said that it's not unusual to uncover a new weakness or issue when you fix something. Basically the body starts to compensate in new ways. But he can't figure out exactly what the issue is and arranged for me to consult with a knee specialist next week. He taped me to help support the knee, but I am still feeling a lot of pain, especially when walking. 

I was rocking the taped knee and the ankle brace at the gym this am. so cool.

And then my good old hips have started to ache again. I have a chronic hip issue from gymnastics, but it doesn't usually flare up until I start getting into 18 to 20 milers. Yet this morning after an hour of step it was aching away on the way home. 

I feel like I am too young, and it is too early in my training, to be hurting this much. Especially when I have been so diligent about stretching, foam rolling, and icing.

I know, know, that the one thing I do wrong is not take rest days. But, since I am trying to drop some weight I really need that daily calorie burn. Plus mentally and emotionally, I need that time to myself and chance to get out frustration.

Sorry for the whine and doom and gloom. Tell me something funny to make me feel better about life!


  1. A guy walks into a bar and sees 3 pieces of meat hanging from the ceiling. The guy asks, "What's this about?"

    The bartender replies, "Well, if you can jump up and slap the meat, you get free drinks for the rest of the night. If you miss, you pay for everyone's drinks for the next hour. You wanna do it?"

    The guy replies, "Nah, the steaks are too high."

  2. I am sorry your pain is not going away and seems to be radiating to other areas of your body :(

    I understand that you want that daily calorie burn - I feel like I need that too, as I also need to lose weight - but please take SOME rest ;)

    I hope you are feeling better!