Marathon Training: Week 17

May 28, 2011

This was the last week of Team training. In one week I’ll be in sunny San Diego and ready to tackle 26.2 miles.

Over the course of my training I have been racking up some crazy mileage.

Training Mileage
My Solo “Homework” Mileage Total = 210 miles
My Team Run Mileage Total = 222 miles
Total Training Mileage = 432 miles

Training Time on Feet
Homework Mileage Time on Feet= 56.0 hours
Long Mileage Time on Feet= 59.2 hours
Total Training Time on Feet= 115.20 hours

Number of Marathons Completed During Training
Number of Marathons based on homework= 8.02 marathons
Number of Marathons based on long training= 8.47 marathons
Number of Marathons during Training= 16.49 marathons

Looking at all of these numbers makes me realize just how intense marathon training is.

So I guess it should come as no surprise that I could have a potentially serious injury.

After last week’s team run I was feeling good and strong, ready to start tapering and mentally preparing for race day. On Monday morning I set out for an easy four mile run. The moment that I started to run I was feeling excruciating pain in my lower left leg. Pain that felt like it was bursting through my bone.

I was able to complete the four miles, but was not feeling too strong. I hobbled around at work the rest of the day.

Tuesday I woke up and tried to go running again. I only made it one mile and had to stop. I wanted to cry.

I haven’t run since Tuesday and the pain is still there. It feels like someone hit my in the lower shin with a bat.

After doing some internet searching I came to the conclusion that there’s a 80% chance that I was dealing with a stress fracture. I called the doctor and was able to get an appointment on Friday.

Upon examination my doctor thought I was dealing with something much more serious. She was concerned that I actually had a blood clot in the major blood vessel of my leg. She wanted me to have a Doppler done to rule that out immediately, since blood clots are life threatening. Driving to my Doppler appointment I could feel myself starting to freak out. The phrase blood clot started settling in and I was realizing how serious this could all become. I started crying, and thinking how ironic this was that I’m running to fight blood cancer, and this running might have actually just saved my life.

The Doppler exam is just done by ultrasound (which was really cool to see all my blood vessels). The nice thing is that the results are quick. They told me they would be able to tell on the ultrasound whether I did or did not have a blood clot. After 10 minutes of nerve racking ultrasound monitoring I found out that I DID NOT HAVE A BLOOD CLOT. Huge sigh of relief!!!

…but that most likely means that I have a stress fracture. I won’t know for sure until Wednesday when my MRI results come back in.  So I’m just trying to stay positive and be patient over the next few days.

I talked to my Coach yesterday to find out what I should do about training. She said that I need to stay away from running until I find out the MRI results and try biking or swimming instead. She told me that my body is marathon ready and that I just need to make sure to rest my leg until race day.

And yes, I still plan on running the marathon. Stress fracture or not, I have giving the race my heart and sole, I’ve been training since January, and I will cross that finish line one way or another.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, today was supposed to be my last Team run, and because of all this I didn’t make it out to meet my team. Huge bummer. But I did make it out for a bike ride, which felt so good. My legs haven’t been moving much since Tuesday so it felt good to get the blood flow goin’.

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I packed up my bike, and my dawg, and headed over to meet my parents for a good Saturday morning bike ride.

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Riding a bike is so relaxing. Definitely a lot less stress on your body than running.

…maybe my next adventure will be a cycling event!

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I also got to sport some hot pink KT Tape.

Danielle from Runs with Spatulas had recommended that I give kinseo tape a try. When applied to affected tissue, kinseo tape allows athletes to experience an external support which helps to prevent further injury and allows the body’s damaged tissue to rest and heal naturally despite continued activity. And at this point I’m willing to try anything.

I actually applied the KT Tape last night and woke up this morning with a lot less pain. I am usually hobbling around in the morning, but today I was able just to get right up out of bed. There’s still pain, but it doesn’t feel as bad as before.

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So until Wednesday I guess KT Tape and my bike are going to be my new best friends.

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1 Julie May 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hi there! I’ve been following along with your training as I’m a fellow runner & always excited to hear others stories:) I’m super excited for you to run your marathon in SD and honestly, your gonna kick some serious booty!! You’ve trained hard and your body is definitely ready….I’ve dealt with hip injuries & it is a bummer to get an injury so late in training, but get as much rest as you can until the big day! I’m part of this awesome running group…check us out! http://runninggrrrl.com/
Our motto is run ’til it’s Fun!!!!

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2 Chelsea May 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Oh gosh that doesn’t sound like very much fun :( ! I just started following you and I already love your blog! I recently found my passion for running and am training for my very first 10k in August right now! If I plan on doing a marathon I hope to find a team like you did! That sounds like such great motivation!

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3 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) May 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I really feel for you! Ugh. I’m glad you are listening to your coach and taking it easy! You better make it out to San Diego with my cookies! :)

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4 Lori May 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Oh no Steph!! I hope you are able to figure out what is going on. My friend runs marathons and he thought he had shin splints but it turned out that he pronates (I think that is the one, his feet turn/slant inwards) This caused misalignment in his legs. He wound up getting some physiotherapy and a nice set of custom orthotics for his shoes. He has run 4 marathons in the past 10 months so he is doing well.
I love the hot pink KT tape. We picked up some when we were in the States on spring break and it works so well!
Best of luck with the running and with the leg. I hope all turns out well.

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5 yummychunklet May 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm

It’s good to hear that you don’t have a blood clot. I had surgery on my knee and know how serious those can be. Take care of yourself, rest and we’ll be cheering for you on marathon day!

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6 Debbie May 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Not to be Debbie Downer, but I almost started crying reading this post! I really hope everything goes well come Wednesday, fracture or not, and that the marathon run feels great! Love the pink tape and glad to hear it works, I have seen it before, but never used it, thanks!

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