Friday, July 07, 2006

Am I injured?

This is frustrating. I think I'm injured or getting injured. I'm feeling a sharp pain on my inner right leg between the shin and calf muscle. This is the same pain i've felt over the past week. However, it has not bothered me in my workouts. At least that's what I think. I got a massage on Thursday hoping that my massage therapist could do some magic. Before I could tell her about the pain, she said that the right leg was more beaten up than the left. She asked if I had been favoring the right leg and I told her sort of. She went to work on the leg. Let me tell you, it was probably the most painful thing I've felt in such a long, long time. I was pretty much biting down on the sheets and screaming my lungs out. I eventually told her to work on the other leg because I could not handle the pain.

In my run today, I had to stop a couple times because of the same pain. I could not believe that this was happening. What did I do wrong? I felt like taking off my shoes and calling it quits. I was about 3 miles away from my vehicle, so it was either take a long walk or a hobble your way back. I managed to run easy while favoring the right leg. About a mile after I last stopped the pain started to go away and I could feel my stride and form coming back. Since it's been a painful run I decided to only go for 40 minutes. Well, that was until I ran into my running buddy Bob. Bob was just starting his run and I was about ending mine. At this point, my leg felt better so I decided to tag along with him. I had not run with Bob lately because he has been going through some special training. I ran with him for about 10 minutes using the time to catch up with our different Army jobs.

I'll take tomorrow off from running so that I can ice and treat my right leg. I just hope it's not a serious injury.

Today's Run: 1:00:12


Eric said...

I don't think it's serious. Just be careful with the massage. It has been my experience with my calf problems that massaging something that already hurts is a bad idea.

I have had this type of pain as recently as a few days ago. Mine was more of a point on my shin, maybe one inch that hurt. It hurt when I walked but not so much on the run. I just left it alone and did lots of calf raises and stretching and it went away in a few days without time off.

Icing it is good though. Make sure you use an ice cup or something like a bag of frozen vegetables that isn't super cold. Those gel ice packs are horrible. I still have numb spots on my shin and the back of my heel from using gel ice without enough insulation between my skin and the cold pack. Good luck.

Wayne said...

Thanks eric. It's always good to hear from someone who has had similar injuries.