Thursday, September 30, 2010

It is about time...

...for an update! I realized yesterday that I never updated after the Philly Half Marathon, mainly because we left for Germany a few days later and this week has been mostly recovery from that. I can't believe so much has happened in the last 11 days. The Philly half was tough and we didn't hit our goal of sub 1:40, but Elyssa and I were both fine with that. It wasn't meant to be, we have bigger fish to fry in 5 weeks! (NYC Marathon looms...) Check out her blog post for the scoop if you haven't already here. It is too far gone for me to post a race report.

The Thursday after Philly my hubby and I flew over to Munich for the wedding weekend of a dear, dear friend of mine. I optimistically packed some running clothes (including gloves!) and trail shoes with thoughts of a mountain trail run in the back of my mind. Sadly, my knee gave me trouble on the ride over and throughout the weekend so that and the packed schedule kept me from running from Thursday through Monday. Eek. Despite my jetlag and head cold, as soon as I got home on Tuesday I put on my shoes and hit the streets. I didn't have time for a long run, but I needed to do this as a test for my knee anyway so I snuck in 2.77 very hilly miles in Fort Tryon Park in about 23mins. It took nearly 1.5mi for my knee to stop hurting, but the important thing is that it DID stop hurting. Whew. While I still have pain in my knee every morning when leaving the apt and walking to the train. The approximately 90 steps to leave my apt and 15 more in the subway station leave me cringing in pain each morning. It sucks, this is a repeat of what happened to me 2 years ago after NYCM. Damn.

In addition to the knee pain, I started having some pain in my SI joint- the sacroiliac joint is the point at which your spine connects to your pelvis. If you think about it, it is probably one of THE most important joints in your body, and it isn't even technically a real joint, its more of a "connection" between two bone surfaces by very thick ligaments. I knew right away that the low back pain I was having was the result of some friction in my SI joint because it has a unique burning/searing type of pain that spreads down to my hip and up to my ribs. Normally I've been able to take care of the discomfort in my SI myself, but it began interfering with my work these last 2 weeks. I may be stubborn, but I know better than to mess with my back and pelvis considering my line of work. One bad twist or slip and I could be out of work for weeks or months! So... I did the adult thing today- I made an appointment to see a PT. I know boatloads of PT's in the city, but I took the advice of my Orthopedic Doc and went with a well known sports PT practice in Chelsea. I'll update after next Wednesday's first visit.

In the meantime, I'm still cautiously playing soccer and running, swimming and doing CORE work. I know I need to step up the CORE and upper body work, so I hope to get back into the routine tomorrow after my swim. Things are changing...and hopefully for the better. I'm sick of being injured or on the verge of injured.


  1. Oh no - Hope the PT helps. Definitely be careful and cautious till NYC!

  2. It is about time. Missed your blog posts.

    And yes, what Scott said!!!!!

  3. I've been feeling your knee pain, but it has subsided.

    As to the other thing, good luck with that. At least you know what you're dealing with.

  4. Good luck with your PT,hope it helps. Get well soon and be careful next time!
    I really like your blog! Lots of interesting topics!