Sunday, September 22, 2013

So, what now..

Boy, this was an interesting summer.  I was "able" to run all summer (10 weeks of it anyway) for the marathon planned 9/8.  All was well until after the last long run.  The last long run went well, half at goal marathon pace, feeling confident.  Not without pain but tolerable.  Then, my hip was not happy.  I couldn't run any more.  No marathon.  No chance for the BQ that I had been dreaming about since that horrible day I witnessed on April 15th.  I promised myself I would toe the line in Boston next April but my body had other plans.  I went from a great 16-miler to not being able to run 4 miles.  I had to succumb to this now.  Shit.
I've had a lot of time to deal with this.  I'm not happy with it but at least I know what I'm dealing with, injury-wise.  There is always power in knowledge.  Wish I'd done this in March when it happened!  I've started physical therapy and think I've found a really good bunch there.  I will likely need surgery to repair my hip labrum in the future but my PT is on board with trying to avoid this, for the short term anyway.  Crazy thing is, I can bike and swim so this is part of my therapy now!  As a "retired" triathlete, this is not a problem!  I am riding my Computrainer regularly now and have made a return to masters swim.  Geez, I might have to make a triathlon "comeback" next year!  Trying to stay positive and get stronger, my new goal.
The great thing is that the Boston Marathon is run every year, I will run there eventually!  Maybe stronger..... #silverlinings