Ok, so what’s up with me? I know I’ve been kind of quiet, and honestly I think it’s because I’ve been slightly depressed due to frustration with injuries. I miss my training buddies, and I miss TRAINING! But, things are looking up.
After my last update, I went to the PT for my arm numbness & pain which is believed to be due to my C6 vertebra compressing a nerve. My shoulder had started hurting so bad that I couldn’t finish my last 20 mile bike ride, and I had to call my husband to pick me up on Aug 1st, and I went to the PT on Aug 6th. The PT did some manual manipulation and put my head in a traction device at PT which felt good at the time, but as soon as I stood up from it, my arm started going numb again. She instructed me not to bike or run for the next week. ARRGGHHHH!!!! I still have not gotten back on a bike, but last week, I was able to start back running, and yesterday, I did my first swim since the beginning of August. My arm is still going numb and starting to hurt during runs, but during my swim Monday, it went numb, but it didn’t hurt.
I feel like I’m totally starting over again with my running since I was off running for well over a month due to my hip, and now I’m still having to run with pain in my shoulder. My hip feels better though! 🙂 Last week I ran 3 days for a total of only 11 miles. I’m definitely behind for my upcoming half marathons, but I’m trying to take it easy & not try to build up too fast, so I’ve been using the run-walk method. This week’s plan is to run 3 days with a total of 13 miles, so I ran 4 miles this morning. I have just over 6 weeks until the Allstate half which I will be running as a training run, and I have just over 11 weeks to the Savannah RnR half which I was originally going to try to PR, but at this point, since I’m still not 100%, that doesn’t seem very likely, but I’ll see as it gets closer.
As for now, I have an MRI today of my neck which I’m hoping shows the doctors whatever they need to see to make this numbness & pain go away, so I can get back to my full training schedule sometime in the near future. The PT said she thought I’d probably need injections in my neck to help with the inflammation to relieve the pressure on the nerve. I’m pretty nervous about having an injection in my neck, but if it’ll help, then I’m willing to try anything right now.