Matt’s Injury Scare Number 1

Two weeks in and I have unsurprisingly logged my first semi-serious muscle strain. Although I’m pretty sure this is not a major setback, it did force me to skip a 3 mile training day. At least my problems are falling on the short run days…

Briefly: I have a ton of tightness in my right peroneus longus muscle, causing a slight limp and a weakened ankle. I definitely had to look up some leg diagrams to diagnose that one.

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Peroneus Longus

 

Typically, my injuries occur in the upper left leg, so the right calf was pretty unexpected. On Wednesday (post-5 miler) my lower leg just felt somewhat tired and weak, but by Thursday and Friday it was clear that the tight peroneus longus was the problem.

I think the culprit might be the change in my stride in order to keep my times between 8:45 and 9:00 per mile. Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve noticed that these runs have been working my calves more than normal. Although calf stretching is always a part of my pre/post run, sports medicine blogs taught me that peroneal tendon and connected muscle group need specialized, targeted stretching that I haven’t done.

For 2 days, I stretched, iced and foam rolled my leg in hopes of being ready for Saturday’s 9 mile run. Luckily the AM temps have been lower this week because I was running late due to the added stretch time and oversleeping (I got a nice 4:00a Saturday wakeup call from five fire engines outside my window). All said and done, I finished without any leg issues, so that was a huge relief!

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Kathleen’s blogging on calf sleeves had me sold (especially with this injury) – I picked up a pair of compression sleeves on Friday afternoon and love them!

 

While foam rolling on Friday morning, I started thinking about the state of my sneakers and if they played any role in the injury. My first pair of sneakers were incorrectly fitted and resulted in a trip to the orthopedic surgeon only 50 miles in. I was re-evaluated and given Mizuno Wave Inspire 9’s, which properly support my moderate overpronation. I’m a big fan of these sneakers, but I also don’t have anything to really compare them to.

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Inspires (blue/yellow on right) have an additional wedge in the heel to counter inward flex on my ankles.

Throughout our training, we’ll be running around 440 miles. That seems like a lot to put on my 240 mile-old Inspires. Although the internet tells me that people have run their Inspires into the 600-800 mile range, I’m increasingly apprehensive about injuries sustained by training in “dead” sneakers. As a beginner, I don’t really know when to retire my current pair and if I should risk trying a different brand. I’m still in the beginning stages of mapping out my sneaker use plan, but I will be sure to post any updates or information regarding swapping sneakers while marathon training.

On to week 3!

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2 comments

  1. David Kruczlnicki · · Reply

    Great blog update, Matt. Interesting how stretching comes up and again and again through the various updates from everyone.

  2. David Kruczlnicki · · Reply

    Congratulations to Matt and Mike on completing their 9-mile run this AM

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