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March 17, 2011

Sick Dayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:44

In all honesty, I probably wasn’t sick enough to stay home yesterday from work.  I mean, after being sick for 10 days I’m pretty sure that if I had ever been contagious that I’ve already infected all my co-workers.  That said, I’ve been worn down from being sick and I needed a day where I could literally sleep all day because I knew I wouldn’t be productive at all at work.  So that’s what I did.  I guess I hadn’t been joking to my friend when I had said I wanted to be put into an almost-coma-like state!

Thanks google images

My alarm did go off at 0515 on Wednesday (when I was going to get up) but after some curse words, mostly too my nose and head, I reset my alarm to call my supervisor when the clinic opened, then left a message and slept until 12:30 where I made myself some breakfast and then slept more. Or at least laid in bed relaxing, catching up on blogs and reading good books.  With lots of sleep thrown in there.

Yes too much sleep has made me really sleepy but I just needed it. The all day rain yesterday surely didn’t help.  But at least it wasn’t snow. And I’m sure that I’ll recoup nicely from all that sloth and, in fact, woke up feeling more refreshed than I have in about forever.

The only bummer about yesterday was that I couldn’t go running with my new running buddy! One of the doctors at the clinic commented how she sees me running *allthetime* (well lots of people tell me that because I live, and thus run, in an area where lots of doctors live) and how she was trying to get into more-than-just-recreational running. She wanted to go this morning (because 0500 works for her) but since I’m dealing with my leg I asked if we could do it next week.  Which she said definitely.  YAY for new running buddies 🙂

Speaking of the leg I’m convinced, after lots of google searching on my sick day, that it’s my IT band that’s aggravated so I’ve upped the ice, stretching and rolling.  Plus I’ve reincorporated my PT hip exercises (think leg lifts, leg circles, leg bicycle motions etc) into my routine so that my hips get stronger.  I did this last December, but for my other hip, and it was successful.  Hopefully it’ll do the same thing now.  T-32 days now!

The exercises, however, do not work immediately and when I tried to run this morning I barely made it 4 miles before calling it quits.  I had thought that my day of rest yesterday would do something.  But no, the ache and tightness and, yes, pain was there.  Not immediately but it was clear after I reached the halfway point of my loop (well the first loop I was going to do) that my IT band was not my friend today. So I did the *smart* thing (as I keep telling myself) by stopping at 4 (when I reached my apartment) and not trying to get in “just one more” and then one more…because we all know I would have tried to do that.

I spent that additional time I had factored into my run into icing, stretching and rolling the living heck out of my leg. A whole 45 minutes worth! Between all the TLC I’m giving it here (okay so the run wasn’t exactly anything T, L or C) and the massage I have scheduled for tomorrow I’m really hoping I can get another week or two of decent training under my belt.  Like I said, Boston isn’t too far away! I don’t want to go in feeling like it’s been forever and a day between the race and my last hard workout (which it’s already been 2 weeks since my last speed workout).

Oh well. Interestingly enough, while my pace was on the sloooooooooow side, the actual pace itself doesn’t impact how my leg feels, for whatever that’s worth (thoughts?). It was such a beautiful morning out too: sunny, mid-40s, I was in shorts and a t-shirt! I guess I can’t truely complain (trying to see the silver lining) because I did get out there and felt the sun on my face.  And I’m sitting in the volunteer center right now, drinking some of my amazing coffee (which I’m glad some of you told me it’s a-okay to be a coffee snob hahah!) typing up some notes for the doctors who are here today with the window WIDE open. I sincerely hope that this nice weather lasts (it’s currently 57*. Hizzah!). Fingers crossed.

Doesn't this just make you feel all warm and fuzzy?! Thanks google.


  1. Hope you figure out your leg quickly and are on the mend soon! We are currently enjoying 60 degrees here but I wouldn’t know really because I’m stuck inside at work. Oh well, should be a nice trail run tonight though!

    Love the kitty pic!

    Comment by Kirstie — March 17, 2011 @ 15:49

  2. Yay for new running buddies! I love how running opens up a community for all of us!

    What’s the 4-1-1 on the leg. We are sitting at a month out from some race I hear, is a big deal. 😉

    HOpe you feel better!!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — March 17, 2011 @ 16:28

  3. sometimes we just NEED those days to completely recooperate. Me, on the other hand doesn’t get those days because I have two little ones that are constantly sick from daycare so I don’t have any sick time to take care of myself… maybe one day! 😉

    Comment by Caree @ Fit-Mama — March 17, 2011 @ 16:31

  4. Girl….what is wrong with us!!! I am so sorry about your leg…REST!! Running buddies are the best!! 32 days…..AHHHHH!!! CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU IN BOSTON!!!

    Comment by janae — March 17, 2011 @ 16:49

  5. oh bummer. sick and a leg issues. YOure doing the right thing! rest, ice, and think positive!

    Comment by lindsay — March 17, 2011 @ 17:28

  6. sorry about your band, man! Keep stretching and rolling! Whenever my band has bugged me in the past, pace didn’t really matter, it was more just the movement of running. A massage should definitely help too!

    Comment by Kelly — March 17, 2011 @ 18:01

  7. Awwwwww mannnnn! Keep babyin’ that leg… it’ll surely perk up soon!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 17, 2011 @ 19:01

  8. Geez…get are on a bad streak right now..but I am sure it will let up. Rest up.

    Comment by Laura — March 17, 2011 @ 21:19

  9. Oh how I hope it’s not a serious IT issue, yucko!! But glad you are feeling slightly better, the rest had to help! Don’t stay up late drinking green beer (old green been) this weekend either!!

    Comment by Jill — March 17, 2011 @ 21:24

  10. I completely agree about being sick. It’s the first days you start feeling better that you REALLY need to catch up on sleep to get back to 100% ASAP!

    SO sorry about the leg. I had tendonitis in my right inner shin a few months ago, which caused a minor stress fracture since I ignored the pain, and that was terrible! Take care of it and don’t hesitate to see a doctor – you don’t want to ignore something that could become potentially serious.


    Comment by Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — March 17, 2011 @ 21:33

  11. Sounds like you needed to stay home from work and recover! Hope the leg continues to heal; I also kind of agree that with most of my past injuries a slow pace doesn’t actually feel better.

    Happy you’ve got a new running buddy. I really need to find one of those….

    Comment by Lisa — March 17, 2011 @ 21:48

  12. MM, it’s a bad thing that you’re feeling sick, but it’s a good thing because you won a sticker randomly by following leaving a comment on Blogger for the contest. If you’d like it, just let me know where to send it!

    Comment by Matty B. — March 17, 2011 @ 23:41

  13. Ha, I would have missed work the first day I was sick! I’m glad you stayed in and rested. Now, sending good and stern vibes to your leg that it will behave!

    Comment by burpexcuzme — March 18, 2011 @ 02:54

  14. 45 mins?! That’s going to pay off. I hope it starts feeling better soon!!!

    Comment by Lindsay — March 18, 2011 @ 05:54

  15. Hopefully the day of rest and sleeping in and those PT exercises gets your immune system and your leg back in line quickly! Hooray for Spring-y weather!

    Comment by runningmanz — March 18, 2011 @ 07:52

  16. Hope you’re feeling better tomorrow.
    It’s funny how we think that one day’s rest will miraculously cure all aches and pains. Bummer that it doesn’t. 😦 But isn’t it great that sometimes when we run we have the ability to ignore the pain until we get home?! 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — March 18, 2011 @ 14:42

  17. Oh no, not the dreaded IT band. If your knee doesn’t hurt yet, it’s probably not too bad, so just don’t do anything to aggravate it more!

    Comment by Jess — March 18, 2011 @ 15:25

  18. You poor thing…has it really been 10 days! I’m so sorry – you deserve a day off, at the very least!

    Feel better soon my friend! Spring is on it’s way!

    Comment by Ameena — March 18, 2011 @ 22:33

  19. Hope you feel better..and that your IT band does too! It’s so great that you found another running buddy, too. 🙂

    Comment by emily — March 19, 2011 @ 08:46

  20. Remember that you are just running Boston for fun not for a PR (right? 🙂 ). You are going to be able to go the whole distance- keep on keeping on with the rolling and stretching. Better to be at the starting line feeling good and all that. Hope the day off helped you feel better. My day yesterday was kind of like that. I did run and do some chores and stuff, but 1-4pm was chill out in bed and sleep/read time. It was great.

    Comment by Chelsea — March 19, 2011 @ 08:48

  21. Hooray for nice weather – no idea on the leg thing, but I hope it clears up quickly!

    Comment by Terri — March 19, 2011 @ 19:00

  22. I’ve been so sick too! like worst sickness of my life! hope you feel better!

    Comment by BostonRunner — March 19, 2011 @ 20:57

  23. feel better ASAPPPPP!!

    Comment by Jess — March 20, 2011 @ 21:27

  24. Aww I’m sorry you’re so sick, I hope you feel better asap!

    Comment by Ada — March 21, 2011 @ 07:28

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