RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

by Stephanie on April 20, 2011 · 0 comments

in Injury

That’s what I’ve been doing! That wipe out last week while running has got me down and out. It started as bruising and swelling around the site of the scrapes.  It was bad but it didn’t hurt to walk and by Thursday I was feeling pretty good.  I thought for sure I’d be able to run my 10 mile race on Saturday.  Wrong!

Turns out my leg wasn’t done bruising and swelling.  It got worse over the weekend with the bruising spreading around my leg and down to my foot.  I made it out to the start of the race on the Chicago lakefront Saturday morning in the wind and the rain.  I wanted so badly to kill that ten miles and finally break the double digit mile barrier, but it was not to be.  I made it three miles before the pain in my foot (right where the bruising had spread) made me stop.  It was a painful decision and the first time I’d ever DNF’d in a race.  My running partner made a good point though.  It’s not worth pushing through the pain in this race and potentially hurting myself more when I have a half marathon in 10 weeks.  I can save my strength, heal, and push it for THAT race.

So, I walked back to the finish line that morning in the misty weather and stood for an hour waiting for that wise friend of mine to finish.  And boy did he!  Steve ran the 10 miles (his first time in the double digits!) in 1:47.38.  I was so excited for him :)

Since my leg wasn’t feeling better on Monday I went to the doctor.  She assured me that all the blood was in the tissue of my leg, not in the veins.  This means no potential for blood clots (which made my nervous mother very happy!).  They took x-rays and everything was normal.  So essentially it’s just a waiting game.

Since then I’ve been doing a lot of resting, icing, and elevation!  Today I worked from home (what a luxury to be able to do that from time to time) and I think it’s starting to feel a little better.  I’ll continue to be lazy (ugh) and take care of the leg and if it’s looking and feeling good by this weekend I’ll try a couple easy miles and see how it goes.

I was frustrated and angry at first.  I am prone to injury and it makes meeting my athletic goals a struggle.  I could let this be a stopping point.  I could let this throw me off course.  I could give up and fall into lazy, unhealthy habits.  But I won’t.  I realize that this is just a minor setback in the grand scheme of things.  I’ll be back on my feet in no time.  I just need to RICE.

(image from universal sole)

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