The number of NON-injury-injuries I've had this past week are through the roof. It started on Wednesday's early morning mid-week long run. 10 on the schedule. It was one of the most amazing runs I've had in a long time. I had some minor chafing (or so I thought) towards the end, but nbd. Until I got home, and realized my right thigh was absolutely shredded. I wore a skirt to work, and it was unbearable. I complained so much that a co-worker found a gauze pad for me to throw on top of it.
(This was the LEAST angry it looked. Finger included for size reference. Owie.)
I took a rest day Thursday to let it dry out and scab up. Friday I wore my super shorty short booty shorts for my tempo run before work. I know a lot of people go with longer shorts to keep chafing away, but my legs rubbing together don't cause issues. I have enough natural lubrication in the form of sweat to keep that from happening. (I also used body glide to be safe.) (Did I just use the term natural lubrication in my blog? Yes... yes I did.) My issues is from my legs rubbing with any sort of fabric or seam in between them. Needless to say, I had a stellar tempo run, no thigh issues. However, I ended the run with a plethora of blisters on my feet. Most were small water blisters. But one on the inside of my big toe was ginormous. And partially a blood blister.
I did some doctor work on the blister Friday after work--poke, drain, bandage, only to find it was full again a couple of hours later. Usually my blisters just look bad, and don't hurt at all, but not this bugger. Ouch. I continued to pop and re-drain before and after runs throughout the weekend.
Saturday I wasn't thinking when I set out for my recovery run. I threw on shorts and a tank because it was sunny. Since my thigh chafing had scabbed, I figured I'd be fine with whatever. I still used body glide, because clearly I learned that all important lesson. Well wouldn't you know it, I managed to chafe OFF the chafing scab!! Holy effing ouch. Fairly certain I will have a nice scarred reminder on my inner thigh of the time that my Lululemon shorts and I were above body glide and chafing. We were so wrong running gods, plz forgive.
THEN Saturday night I started to feel something tight in my neck. I tried to massage it out. (And coerced Kyle in to giving it a hand.) But no success. I went to bed with dreams of a delightful long run swimming through my head. I woke up in the middle of the night in so much pain, I couldn't even lift my head without using my hands to do the work. I popped some ibuprofen and tried to fall back asleep. My alarm went off at 5:30am, and my neck was still throbbing, so I turned off my alarm and fell back asleep. 9am I woke up, popped some more ibuprofen and worked on getting ready for my long run.
Naturally since I'd waited to mid-morning to get out there, it was super steamy and miserable by the time I actually started to run. But the good news, other than not being able to look left for oncoming traffic/bikers/etc without turning my full body to the left, it managed to loosen up a bit, and continued to loosen during my shower after the run, and I was able to sleep through the night without ibuprofen.
But hey, at least it's not my IT band, hips, and/or knees, right??