Chronicles of Cross Training: February 27- March 5

The writer spirit within me came out, and I found a better title for my training log this week.

This was a rough week. After Sunday’s test run, the peroneal tendonitis was back with a vengeance when I woke up Monday. Time for lots of icing, PT exercises, and pain meds. I went back to the podiatrist on Tuesday and didn’t get any answers, besides waiting it out for a few more weeks, then getting an MRI to make sure the tendon isn’t torn.

I hope the tendon isn’t torn, as that would mean surgery. I certainly don’t want it to tear, which is a risk if I ran on it- so I won’t even THINK about running until I am off pain medication, pain free, or the doctor says I can.

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My podiatrist wrote me a prescription for more pain medicine, and I took it to the pharmacy. Turns out, the pharmacy couldn’t fill it because it’s a controlled substance, and they told me I had to wait until 4 weeks after the first prescription was written. I’ll admit, the prescription said to take one pill a day and I was taking two. I’m not sure what else I was supposed to do- I had a bottle of pain pills, and I was in pain, so I took them. I knew I had an appointment soon and figured I could just ask for more if I still needed them.

When the pharmacy wouldn’t fill my prescription, I felt dejected and like a criminal. People abuse medicine, and that’s why these precautions are in place, but I hate taking ANY medicine and asking for additional pain medicine. I don’t want to be on medicine; I want to be out running, racing, and with my friends- pain free!

For my frustration, I bought some new Halo Top ice cream from Publix. Protein is good for injuries and ice cream is good for the soul.

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Thankfully, my pharmacy called me in a new prescription two days later, so I was able to have pain medicine before I left for Myrtle Beach.

I served as the official “Pit Crew” for the tracksters at the Myrtle Beach Marathon. I was in charge of picking up packets for other walking wounded who couldn’t make the trip, dropping friends off at the start, and keeping bags and coats until the end of the race. We had some great finishes and we had some tough finishes, but thankfully everyone is injury-free and feeling okay today. I checked on everyone Sunday once I got home as well. I’ll write a recap of the Pit Crew experience later this week.

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When I signed up for the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon six weeks ago, I hoped my victory would be a shiny new PR with a stretch goal of 1:35. This weekend, my victory was only needing one pain pill.

We have a few races before it gets hot in Charleston. I may be down, but I’m not out yet.

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Monday 60 min. Arc Trainer + ankle PT exercises
Tuesday 60 min. elliptical + ankle PT exercises
Wednesday 60 min. Arc Trainer
Thursday 60 min. Elliptical + 60 min. BodyPump
Friday 30 min. Arc Trainer
Saturday Ankle PT exercises + MB Marathon “Pit Crew”
Sunday 60 min. Arc Trainer + 60 min. BodyFlow

On a housekeeping note, I picked the winners for the Zippy Bites giveaway. I’ll be contacting you this week to obtain your contact information for the company.

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.

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34 Responses to Chronicles of Cross Training: February 27- March 5

  1. Hope you recover quickly and without complications!!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks. I have been feeling a bit better the last few days and didn’t even wake up in pain the last two mornings. Hopefully I’ll be running again soon. Once I wake up for a few mornings without pain, I will give it another try.

  2. Hollie says:

    I hope you recover quickly Amy. I’m sorry to hear it came back harder after the test run. I’m looking forward to hearing about your experience with the muscle stim too!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I should NOT have tested it out last Sunday. I regret it so much. Hindsight is always 20/20 so no one regrets a run until it’s done, but I do. I feel like if I’d let it heal a few more days maybe I could have run the 5K this past weekend (obviously not the half, but at least I could have earned a medal). You just never know though, what’s done is done I guess. I’ve resolved to wait three days after the pain is gone to even try… you know, to make sure the pain is actually gone.

  3. laurenweiner says:

    I’m sorry you are having additional issues. I hope that you get the answers you are looking for, and that you continue to recover!

  4. You are definitely not out. And I’m sorry that experience at the pharmacy left you feeling bad. I hear you – you had pain meds and were in pain. Kudos to you for being pit crew at the race!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      This is my first time on pain medicine ever besides when I had the tooth pulled, so I didn’t know about controlled substances and thought Costco asking for my ID was just protocol at the pharmacy because of it being Costco and a membership place. I did Google the drug (tramadol) and saw I was on the lowest dosage, and figured I just needed more of it to feel relief, so that’s why I took it. I guess they expected me to just stay in pain?

      I have also heard tramadol is a crap drug and works for very few people.

  5. Theresa says:

    Fingers crossed you won’t need ANY pain meds this week! And thanks again for all the support this past weekend!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      You’re welcome. I’m down to support you guys ANY TIME. I’ve been looking at those posts in the Tri Club about that Mountains to Main Street in May and like that they have a half. It would be neat to do that because staying the whole weekend, I could support the triathletes that Sunday since their race is a different day.

    • I second this comment! keeping my fingers crossed you will be back on the running scene again ASAP and again THANK YOU so much for all your support over the weekend!!! I am so sorry you had to see me at my worst, but am so thankful you organized Operation “get Melissa back to the hotel room as soon as possible”. Thank you!!!!!!

      • Amy Lauren says:

        Classic ESTJ coming out, I will always be the one to step up and organize… ;).

        Glad you are okay. I don’t mind seeing you at your worst, you all have seen me the last few months as I’ve dealt with more lows than highs on the running scene. That is what friends and training partners do :).

  6. kookyrunner says:

    So sorry to hear that you are in pain – I hope that it starts to feel better!

  7. You have such a good attitude and your cross-training is SO IMPRESSIVE. Holy smokes! And man, you must be in some legit pain to have to take pain medication. I really hope it’s not torn!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I hope not either. I don’t think it is, as the pain has decreased a LOT over the last three days.

      I never take pain medication. I don’t even take Ibuprofren. I realize the doctors don’t know me personally and the DEA has restrictions on pain medicine because people will abuse it. But really, do I look like someone abusing pain medicine? When I went into the podiatrist’s office, I obviously looked like an injured distance runner. I even had on running shoes and shorts that were showing my runner’s legs.

      The restrictions on pain medicine really suck for those of us who are NOT abusing it and in actual pain.

  8. I’m so sorry you are in so much pain. 😦 I didn’t realize how painful it was when you are not running. What kind of pain med are you taking? I’m not big on meds either but when I had my wisdom teeth out and knee surgery, you better believe I was taking my vicodin.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It was extremely painful, to the point where I wasn’t thinking about running but rather dreading getting out of bed because it hurt so badly when I took the first few hundred steps of the day (particularly walking barefooted). The worst thing was that if I woke up a few hours before I was going to get up, like to go to the bathroom. It would hurt terribly to walk to the bathroom, then I couldn’t go back to sleep!

      I didn’t even take all my pain medicine when I had my wisdom teeth out, yet took 26 50mg tramadol in 14 days. Something is wrong with this…

  9. Wishing you all the best in your recovery. Before long you will be out running again. Really love your positive attitude x

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks, I try. You can’t control much when you’re injured or in pain, but you can control your outlook on the whole situation. I know negative thinking won’t make it any better, so may as well make the best of it.

  10. Michelle says:

    My fingers are crossed that you don’t need the pain meds at all this week and you’re out there running again very soon. I’m so happy you still went this weekend and got to check out the expo, and spend time with friends. When we are injured, the best thing for us can just be to spend time with our running friends. Being a spectator comes with a whole different set of perks too. I’m sure everyone there appreciated you cheering them on and helping out SO MUCH! ❤ You'll bounce back soon and all this cross training is going to make you even stronger.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I hope to be back soon and think I will be. The pain has decreased to the point where it’s more like a dull discomfort and very occasional, like when walking down stairs with a load or something. I haven’t taken any pain meds since Saturday, but did use the NSAID cream (sometimes I wonder if that cream really works, or if it just feels good massaging it in… I feel like that about the TENS machine too).

      I really enjoyed “Pit Crewing” this weekend, honestly. It was great to be around runners and running and there were a few more of us at the finish who were in my situation- had signed up but now injured. Being injured is tough but something all runners go through… at any given time someone else is injured and there to share your pain, I suppose. Glad I could still go and also help everyone out with rides.

  11. liz says:

    I’ve had this injury and the pain was the most intense and debilitating out of any injury I’ve had. I didn’t have a tendon tear, so I wouldn’t worry about that. Just get the MRI to make sure and have peace of mind!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thank you for understanding. The pain was terrible (I doubt my podiatrist has had this injury personally).

      Thankfully the machines kept the pressure off my heel/ankle, so it didn’t hurt (I’m not training at an extremely high resistance on them). But it hurt really badly to walk for long periods of time and especially in the morning. I could walk for daily life, but say, walking a 5K, would be completely out of the question.

      • liz says:

        I could barely walk when I had it. And I was working on my feet. In retrospect, I probably should have been on painkillers. I hate it when people stigmatize medication. It’s your job as an adult to use your discretion!

  12. Amy, I’m so sorry that you had a rough week. I am the same as you about pain medication (and medicine in general!); I don’t like to take it unless it’s necessary. So I’m sure the pharmacy experience was not fun for you. I would have felt the same way. But hey, ice cream helps, right?! I’m glad you were able to get your pain medicine before heading to Myrtle Beach and that you could be on the Pit Crew! I love that you still stay involved in the running community while injured! That, to me, is a true runner’s spirit coming out 🙂

  13. thisrunnersrecipes says:

    I really hope you feel better soon, Aimee! I just read this blog post and thought of you: http://organicrunnermom.com/stretches-exercises-help-peroneal-tendonitis/ . Keep up the good work of cross-training!

  14. Christine says:

    Injuries suck. I’m sorry you had a tough week, but good for you for keeping at the crosstraining. I know you’re itching to get back on the road. I hope you heal up quickly.

  15. HoHo Runs says:

    If you are like me, I know you feel frustrated. I have torn an ankle tendon (non running injury) and needed surgery to repair it. I’m glad I had it repaired as that tendon is so much stronger than the other one! The recovery wasn’t as bad as you’d expect either. I had surgery in Spring and was skiing by June. I admire you greatly for keeping up with the cross training, having a good attitude, and support your friends at the race! Hang in there! Thanks for linking, Amy!

  16. Elizabeth C. says:

    You are such a great friend and supporter. And I am sure your friends will return the love when you are back out there racing! They are so lucky to have you. It’s a shame we didn’t meet, but there will be opportunities in the future, I’m sure. Happy Healing!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah, I’m really sorry we didn’t meet and that I couldn’t say much on the phone (I was driving). I really needed to get Melissa home so she could rest. Thankfully she’s feeling much better now- she said she saw you on the course too.

      I do hope to meet you one day and I’m sad we couldn’t meet at MB! We were planning to hang at the finish to wait on our friend to finish and he finished just after you, we figured y’all would be close in time. It stinks that it did not work out :(.

  17. I hate your pain came back with a vengeance but I love that you were there to support your friends in the race. That is truly rewarding.
    I have one of those TENS machines. My hubs broke down and paid a small fortune for it at a race expo but hey I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it. I hope it helps you as well.
    Thanks Amy for linking up with us. Hoping for a better week for you too!

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