Apr 9, 2012

sports injury - need advice please!

Hi Ocean Dreamers, I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! I did, but I pretty much have a sugar hangover between all of the cupcakes I made (and ate) and not to mention the yummy Easter meals I've been eating too, ha ha. I definitely need to eat healthier again starting tomorrow. ;)

I haven't talked about this is great detail on my blog but I thought I might as well get some advice from my bloggy friends...

A few years ago I ran what would be my last half marathon. Well - unless by some miracle I can run long distance again. But anyway, at that point in time I was running somewhere between 20-25 miles per week. Running was my thing. I loved it and I still do.

If you're new to my blog and don't know the running side of me catch up on my Surf City Half Marathon here and my Disneyland Half Marathon (1 of them), here. I did a total of 3 half marathons two years ago that were of course all spread out over a span of a few years.

But anyway...here's what happened. In February of 2010 I was training for my Surf City Half Marathon and of course that requires a lot of running. As I mentioned I was used to running 20-25 miles per week. Sometimes I would run even more miles depending on my mood. I would get up and run 3-5 miles each morning because that's what I loved to do, and not to mention it was a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and burn off steam when needed.

But - I remember one day in particular my leg started hurting. My right leg to be precise. I thought it was nothing because back then I was not aware that sports injuries could really be bad and set you back if you're not careful. So what did I do? I ignored it and kept on running. BAD idea. I had a race to train for (Surf City) and nothing was going to hold me back. I remember icing it and stretching, but the pain didn't go away. That's because I didn't allow it to heal!! Soon the pain started becoming more frequent - I felt this twinge behind my right knee that was also felt in my upper calf and my lower thigh, all around the area of my knee. That is the exact pain I still feel on and off today.

Of course in 2010 I decided to run on an injured leg in my Surf City Half Marathon. I kept training and thought I would be fine. Looking back I can't believe I did that. I was in pain - why didn't I stop and rest and not run 13 miles on top of an injury? I obviously wasn't thinking and today I regret it.

After that half marathon I obviously didn't run. I had to stop because my leg was hurting and I think that it never completely healed. Then when I had a job transition and a temporary illness struck a few years back - I forgot about my leg temporarily. But now it's bugging me more than ever, especially since I've been picking up the exercise and I'd like to run again.

So here is where I need your advice.

Over these past few years the pain in my leg has consistently bothered me. It flares up when I try to go running or do any exercises that are not low impact. I've noticed that if I walk (or especially run) more than 2-3 miles my tendon (or whatever is injured) flares up and bothers me either for that day or the next couple of days.

It's been that way the last couple of days. I *tried* running about a week ago and I went on a 3 mile run. What felt fine at the time now hurts again. So I haven't been able to exercise the past 4 days because my leg hurts too much and I don't want to aggravate it further.
  {Running I miss you}

So I have a few options. My brother (who is a trainer), said I should try stretching it on a consistent basis and ice it after working out (if I can work out), and see if that helps. BK thinks I should go to the doctor and get a cortisone shot. BUT - if I go the doctor route I might have to get an MRI (which could be expensive), and I would preferably like to go to a specialist, which would also be expensive. Everything is super annoying but I need to do what will help my leg get better.

So do you think I should try consistently stretching first and icing it or go straight to a doctor? 

I probably should have gotten this treated at least a year ago, but so much has been going on! I'm frustrated because running and working out is something I love to do and when I can't do it I get anxious and feel cooped up. I miss running half marathons. I was even planning running a marathon at one point.

Now I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to run again. :( I've heard and read horror stories that runners can't get over an injury - I'm hoping this isn't me. If I do have tendonitis I hope there is a way to heal from it. I love to run and there was a time when I NEVER would have said that. Running is something you learn to love. Trust me, you will love it if you train yourself to run.

Anyway, even if you are not a runner or athletic person I would appreciate your advice. I miss working out and want my leg to feel better. :( How's a girl supposed to look good in her bathing suit this summer anyways? Ha ha.

I know that is not what it is all about (looking good in a bathing suit), but working out for me is a hobby, lifestyle, and makes me feel like a healthier person. I'd very much like to be athletic me on going without an on going injury.

Thanks for your advice in advance.

 P.S. On the bright side I won a Free People giveaway hosted by Little Rus on her blog Fashioned by Love. Thanks again Little Rus!! I'm beyond ecstatic about winning this giveway, especially with my obsession with this clothing company. 


  1. I would go to the doctor.

  2. I err on the side of caution, and I would say go to the doctor. They will be able to tell you right away without guessing, and perhaps get you started with some PT! Good luck, Sierra! I understand how frustrating injuries can be!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about this! I would recommend a doctor too? You can't put a price on your health! Even if it ends up being something small, at least you'll know you had it treated properly. Whereas if it gets worse, you'll regret not going to the Doctor sooner.

  4. So sorry girl!! I hope you find some answer soon.

  5. I follow your blog for a short while now and really enjoy reading :) So thanks for it! And now I think its time for my first comment on here....

    I would go to the doc straight away...just to be sure what it is.
    I hope it will be better very soon, I know how frustrating it is not to go running if you want to....
    fingers crossed for you!

  6. Being an athlete this makes me sad.

    But, I hope everything works out dear.

    Always stretch and take ib profein before running.

    ice afterwards and at night

    This might sound crazy, but I've had problems with my knees and back and my dad took me to an acupuncture specialist and it really helped so much. Can't hurt right? Look into it! :) I was so skeptical but it did help, and didn't hurt at all.

  7. Also -- if you have any other questions please feel free to e-mail me: dolledupdaily@gmail.com

  8. I would definitely go to the doctor. They may be able to help with inflammation and such. I am a runner and I must say stretching does help relieve pain, but long-term constant pain has to be cared for by a doctor.
    Hope everything works out okay!!

    The Urban Umbrella


  9. Oh wow! So what did you end up doing? I'm not a runner..lid love to be but just can't do it without panting for my life. I hope you get on the mend soon.

  10. Hi sweetie, I'd definitely go to the doctor because the first thing i must find out is the very reason behind the pain. Once you know the reason you can look for ways to fix it. My neighbour runs A LOT, it's his thing, same as yours, but he got to the point when it was too painful. He found out the diagnosis, treated it and 6 months later was allowed to run again.
    So never say never before you try all the available options.

    Good luck!

    P.S. Thank you for the mention. Very sweet of you! xxx


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