A huge thank you to everyone who commented yesterday! Your love and support really means a lot to me. I try not to whine too too much on ERR, but sometimes I think it can be constructive - hearing about your experiences is really helpful to me, and maybe to some of you too. (I will be referring back to the nice things you said next time I’m feeling bummed.) So again, thanks.
In response to some of your excellent suggestions, I am PT-ing it up over here: stretches and strengthening exercises, plus some super-fun deep tissue massage.
I thought maybe I’d take it easy this week and be able to run Cherry Blossom on Sunday despite my problems, but I’m not interested in doing a race for the sake of finishing (if I wanted to run a slow 10 miles, I could go do that for free), and I’ve never been the kind of runner who can pull a good race out of the air. So I am officially out, and that is ok.
I don’t want to over-exaggerate the severity of the situation. It’s really not a bad injury (most likely a combination of strain and muscle tightness) just incredibly bad timing.
As for actually quitting running…let’s be real, that’s never going to happen. I may briefly give up hope, but I am physically/emotionally unable to stop trying.
My recovery plan commences now: one week of complete time off with lots of stretching and massage, then starting back with three days of low-resistance spinning, then back to running. If all goes to plan I should be running again by next weekend.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!!!