While we were on vacation in Hawaii, one of the things I was really looking forward to was running in one of my favorite places in the world. The scenery could not be any prettier, the Hawaiian breeze is like a fan blowing on you while you run, and best of all – it’s flat. We brought the jogging stroller with us so that we could run as a family. They make an awesome travel bag for the BOB.
On our first full day, Zain woke us up at 4:30am and we figured since we were up, we might as well run! We went for an amazing 8 mile run (where I pushed Zain the whole time because I felt great) along the beach and then along a golf course. During the run, I felt some soreness/tightness on the inside of my ankle that I’ve had on and off for a while now. I’m
stupid stubborn and like to pretend it’s not there. I felt fine after the run, but the next time I tried to run 2 days later did not go so well. I had to turn the run into a walk because the ankle was bugging me too much.
The day after that I tried again. I ignored the tightness in my ankle until the 3rd mile when it was starting to get to a point where it would not be ignored. I wanted to make it to 4 miles, but at about 3.5, hubby made me stop. The pain was radiating from the inside of my ankle, up through the side of my calf.
So I decided to take the rest of vacation off from running to give myself a break. My hubby can attest to the fact that it made me more than a little cranky to not be able to run, especially when he was still running.
I waited until we got back home and attempted to run after 2 weeks off. I made it through 3 miles, but that soreness/tightness was still there. I sucked it up though because my baby started preschool last week and mama is having a difficult time. A run was needed! When I tried to run again last Friday, it was too sore to make it a little farther than a quarter of a mile.
After consulting with Dr. Google, I think it’s posterior tibial tendonitis. I could totally be a doctor with how good I am at diagnosing my own injuries. I think I will probably be smart and consult with a real doctor to see if that is indeed what it is.
I’m bummed because I made it to running up until 22 weeks and was really hoping to run for longer than that during this pregnancy. I don’t feel optimistic that it’s going to happen. I’m going to take a break for a couple more weeks, but my guess is that I need longer than that to heal. I can’t even switch to walking instead because walking bothers my ankle too.
The conclusion is that my body sucks sometimes. In 2012, I’ve been diagnosed with runner’s knee (which I still have), dealt with pain on the outside of my ankle/foot and now the pain on the inside of the same ankle. All of the problems are on my left leg. That side of my body must be defective. To end up injured when I was barely hanging onto running 20 miles a week really sucks. It might somehow be pregnancy-related since the hormones affect the ligaments in the body. Or, even though my mileage was low and I included walking, maybe my streak did it to me.
I had all these big goals in mind for 2013 for races and PRs, but I think I’m going to stick with one goal instead – to be injury-free in 2013. I hope that works out for me!
Anyone else want to whine with me about an injury?