Sunday, January 22, 2012


SO I'm sure that everyone has noticed my serious lack of posting lately. I have decided to confess the reason why:

Its the word that no runner (especially one that is training for a BQ marathon) want to hear.....

What is it?....Come on, everyone say it with me....


And the worst part is that I am not 100% sure what it is, so I'm not 100% sure how to treat it. All I know is that it is scary because it is in my chest.

I made the rockie mistake of going all out to quickly and after almost a month off after my first marathon. I decided I was gonna do planks, arm workouts, lift weights, etc. etc. Well, my upper body was just not ready for this. It was all like "hey dummy, cut me a little slack here, this is the first workout you have given me in years"

And so my muscles went and broke on me. I'm pretty sure it is a pulled muscle in my chest, but everytime I go to run it is SO painful it feels like my heart is gonna stop!

So I have made the executive decision to take a full week off and see if that lets it heal a little. I know that injuries happen, and that I shouldn't let it bring me down. But it really has! I just hope that taking a full week off doesn't mess up my entire training.

A good runner knows their body and knows their limits. It is better to back off when you are injured and let your body heal, then to push to hard and suffer irreversible damage.

And this leads me into some motivational quotes:

"hang in there, trust your body. It may need time, but it knows how to heal itself"  -Kara Goucher

"Every wall is a door" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

" Believe in yourself, know yourself, deny yourself, and be humble." -John Treacy

" Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity." - Micheal Johnson

What is your favorite inspirational quotes that keeps you going?

Make me feel better! Share your injury experiences!


  1. OH NO I am so sorry to hear that you're dealing with this!!!

    You are so smart to take time to recover. It makes me nervous that you say it feels like your heart is going to stop...if it truly is chest pain, please see an MD of course, but I'm sure you already know that. But if it's just a muscle that you can feel, on the outside, then that makes me feel less scared! Regardless of what it is, I hope it feels better ASAP!!!

    If it makes you feel any better, (and I'm sure I've complained about this before), but I had a stress fracture in my pelvis and I had to take off 5 months from running before I could run without pain anymore....

  2. Aw man! I am so sorry to hear that you are injured! I hope it's nothing too serious and that it passes really quickly! If it doesn't subside I would definitely go see a doctor just to be safe. I've had PFS and I am currently nursing ankles that have been messed up for three months. Awesome. You're not alone, girl!!

  3. stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to show some blog luv! def enjoyed this post! hope you have a quick recovery!!

  4. hope you're on the mend, em!
    i just sprained my ankle for the 3rd time this season, so realistically i won't be able to run the half i wanted to run. doing lots of yoga and shorter runs to get back into it..hang in there!