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Is it an Injury?

A runner in motion |

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably saw me mention that Tuesday was my first run in four days.

I purposely took some time off because I was questioning…Is it an injury?

Let’s back up. Two Saturday’s ago, I ran 16 miles. I felt pretty good through all of it. Mariette and I did stop a couple of times to stretch. I’m not sure if it was during one of those times or after Sunday’s easy run, I began to feel like I pulled or strained something in my right upper calf/inside of my knee. A downside of being super flexible – you can get way too deep into a stretch! It didn’t hurt to the touch. It never swelled. Never bruised. I didn’t even feel it all the time. I could run on it for the most part. It was at certain times when my heel dropped lower than my toes, I felt it. Marathon training leaves you sore and stiff but this was different.

Like the stubborn runner that I am, I ran Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday even though my calf was feeling like this. Part of me was thinking I shouldn’t run at all. It was a cut back week in training after all. But then my irrational fear of NOT running takes over. I’m going to lose everything I’ve gained! I knew I wouldn’t lose all of my running fitness in four days but when it comes to injuries, I have a tendency to exaggerate and think the worse. We have a history after all.

Plus I like to live in the land of Denial…if I don’t acknowledge it, it’s not there.

Since this pulled/strained feeling wasn’t any better by Saturday, I told myself I needed to take some time off from running in hopes that it would clear up. I reasoned that it’s better to do it now rather than have it exacerbate into something bigger later in training which might jeopardize marathon #1 entirely.

Even though I’ve had to take time off from running before and have not had to wake up early for a long run on the weekend, it was the strangest feeling. Even Ron commented on it. The day seemed so long! I felt restless all day. What do I do with myself?

I’m very proud to say I stuck with my plan of not running for four whole days. I did some yoga, rode my bike and iced like it was my job. No problems. Tuesday morning rolled around and I was ready to run. Ironically, just as I was stretching out my legs before getting out of bed, I got a wicked big cramp in my left calf. I jumped out of bed and worked it out but it left a knot for some time. Seriously? Is the universe trying to tell me something?

The run went well. I didn’t feel the same strain/pull as last week. I took it at an easy pace and just ran for fun. It felt wonderful to be back to doing what I love. I’m not sure if what I was feeling was really an injury but I’m glad I took the time off. Lesson learned – you can take some time off from a training plan and get right back into it without any problems! Fingers crossed that this was just a fluke and I won’t be dealing with this issue anymore.

Oh and the knot in my right calf went away too.

Thank you universe!

Have you ever taken time off from a training plan because of fear of an injury?

Are you a stubborn runner?

Skirt Sports 10 on 10 Virtual Run

I’m a huge fan of the running skirt.

It’s odd but I only seem to wear them during a race. It’s like I’m “dressing up” for the big show. I can be girly yet kick some serious butt…or at least try to.

I didn’t know this till recently but the running skirt is turning 10 years old! It all started on September 12, 2004, when Nicole DeBoom won Ironman Wisconsin wearing her original running skirt prototype. Three days later using her winnings, she launched Skirt Sports, Incorporated.

In honor of this milestone, they are hosting a Skirt Sports 10 on 10 Virtual Run.

Participants can choose between a 10K or 10-mile option. There are three options for entry into the race–with each you will get:

  • Skirt Sports gift certificate ($50, $100 or $250)
  • Choice of special finisher’s award (including skirts or a performance tee). If you register before August 24, your tee-shirt will read “Finisher.”
  • Lucky #10 race bib
  • Awesome sponsor swag
  • Weekly training plan and exclusive newsletter with tips, advice and other fun stuff!

If you refer a friend to register for the race (they must enter your name and email in the registration form), you can earn an extra $10 gift certificate to Skirt Sports!

To top it all off, not only do you run the 10 on 10 Virtual race, but your entry pays it forward to other women who are starting down their paths toward a running life. Each entry benefits the Skirt Sports Kick Start program, where beginner runners are partnered up with running mentors, who have found strength and courage through running and want to pass it on.  Please read more about this amazing program here.

Ready to join? As a reader of Happy Fit Mama, you can sign up for the Skirt Sports 10 on 10 Virtual Run using the discount code 10on10ImIN for 10% off!

Do you love to rock the skirt on a run?

Disclaimer: I will receive an item of clothing from Skirt Sports in exchange for sharing this information. Any opinions are 100% my own. I love a good cause and a good skirt!