Battling Injury

On October 25th I ran my 25th race and 3rd half marathon of 2013.   At about mile 9, my left leg started to bother me.  I was on pace to PR the race and finish great.   Then my leg went numb.   So many things went through my mind as to what could be wrong.  I pushed through what was going on and finished the race.   I was even still able to PR the race with a time of 2 hrs and 14 min.   After the race though I realized that something was very wrong with me, the pain in my  leg did not go away but would only increase.   I had ran quite a few races (25 maybe this was a few too many) and had very little recovery time in between my events.   After some coaxing from my boyfriend Jack, I decided the best idea was to go to the doctor.   After getting X-rays and talking with the doctor I was no longer allowed to work out starting the day of my visit to the doctor.  This was quite a blow, to go from working out six days a week to nothing was hard for me to handle.   I love working out and staying active and this injury was keeping me from that.   I needed to realize though that recovery and rehab was the right decision.  After two months of chiropractic visits and physical therapy, the source of my problem was discovered.   I have conjoined nerves in my lower back that can be aggravated by not allowing proper time for recovery between races.   I am now aware of my limits in this department and need to be a lot more cautious and be careful about not doing a race every single weekend.   I am now getting back into working out slowly so that I can get back to where I want to be.   This is simply another bump in the road with the battles I have been facing.   I have realized that properly planning my races next year is the proper way to handle the injury I discovered this past year.   Not over doing it and allowing time for recovery is soooo important and necessary.   Your body will burn out and result in a complete road block in achieving the goals you have set for yourself.  I do accredit the fact that I have been eating healthy and was in good physical condition to my being able to get back into the swing of things in a relatively short amount of time.

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