Friday, May 21, 2010

Pain Map

This lovely diagram captures the last 4 years of (memorable) injuries I've had, ranging from minor (about 1 week heal time) to... less minor (4 months of healing). Note that these do not include toenail ailments (which probably are at 10 by now -- not on all the toes, though).

Also notice that the blue dots are injuries I've had in my first two years of running, and the red is everything I've had within the past 12 months.

I have no idea what's going on. I am racing less frequently but for longer distances and basically running the same mileage in training as before (when injuries don't keep me from doing so). Plus, in the grand scheme of things, I am eating better as well.

"The Ukrainian" thinks it's stress. I fail to see how my lagging career and dissertation (at least to my standards) can affect my running.

And then there's the shoe story. I haven't been able to find a "perfect" pair of running shoes. Even with "pro" fitting, they either cause me toenail issues, weigh me down, or perhaps cause these injuries I've been having. But I've been cycling through a bunch of shoes, so it could be something more.

My current ailment is a pulled hamstring. It wasn't an issue until I was attempting a 20-miler recently and had it cramp on me (I stopped at 13). Given that I have two weeks before my weekend of mud and marathon, I am focusing on getting better rather than being adequately trained. Not like I would expect to do that great given I have two races in one weekend, but I would at least like to survive and not got at overly embarrassing paces.


  1. My goodness!!! I hope your pain goes away!

  2. The Fargo Marathon is absolutely wonderful! There is pretty much a crowd of people all along the course which makes the race that much more exciting!

  3. OMG! OMG! OMG!

    First...thank you for your kind comments on my blog about being a good mom. I'm happy to report that I got about 24 hours of "good attitude" from DramaGirl before the other "attitude" kicked in...(sigh...such is the life of a mother of a 14 year old).

    Second...I'm looking over at your race list and we have run in several races together! I must go back and read all of your race reports now! I will be running the San Diego RnR 1/2!

    Third...I think I have had all of those injuries as well! I was a MESS last year. A sports rehab specialist got me started doing squats and lunges with weights and it pretty much solved all my problems!

    I will soooooo be following your blog now!

  4. I think I have to agree with the Ukranian on this one. It may not be all stress, but going through the grad school process as well, I've definitely noticed how much the anxieties of dissertating/job hunting/etc... have translated into bad sleep, crummy runs, frustrating races, and more aches and pains.

    I hope that you're on the mend from these current ailments soon (and that you're better at managing the stresses of the grad school world better than I am!).