My week of training was doing so well. I was increasing my bike and running mileage. But, with 7 or so weeks to go to Iron Girl Canada, training has hit a roadblock, a dead-end. At least for now. I’m injured. I pulled a muscle in my lower back while vacuuming (go figure) and I’m definitely off biking, swimming and running for a few weeks.
This happened over the weekend, so I haven’t seen a chiropractor yet, but I’m thinking about seeking professional help. I would like a full (but quick?) recovery. It’s very difficult caring for a 4-month-old when you can’t bend. Now that I’m injured I realize how often I do this. Bend over the change table, bend to pick my son out of his crib, the bath, to play on the floor. The list goes on and on. It’s not only a set back in training but in life. It’s not the first time I pull this muscle. I remember this happening after I had my first son too. It’s possible my core is still weak from pregnancy!
Focus on Nutrition
So what does it mean for now? It means I will put my focus elsewhere while I recover. It’s the perfect time to focus on nutrition, (says I while I nibble on a bowl of chips). It’s always something I can work on. I’ve been doing a great job at cutting back on the sweet stuff, like too many desserts, but I can always improve. I can always eat more vegetables and fruit and make sure I get enough protein but not too many carbs.
Focus On Run Mommy Run
I can also focus on this blog, Run Mommy Run. I took a year off of blogging while I was pregnant since I couldn’t keep my eyes open most of the time. Since I’ve been on maternity leave, I’ve put a lot of effort back into it and I’ve seen huge payback already. I can put my focus on building my blog to the next level.
I will stay positive. I don’t think a week or two off of training will set me back too much. My husband will be home for the month of July so I’ll be able to ramp up my training once I’m recovered. And what’s the worse that can happen? Worse case scenario would be that I’m still injured come August and I can’t compete. It would be disappointing but I have other goal races to look forward to later this year.
So, this isn’t what I was expecting halfway through my Iron Girl Canada training. It’s a setback but I’ll try to turn it into a positive by putting my focus to other things for now. So for the next few days, I’ll be taking things as easy as I can with a 4-month old. Come back next week and I’ll have an update on how I’m doing (hopefully much better)
Any tips for this injured girl? Leave it in the comments below.