That was a short hiatus. What can I say? I think I was having a momentary anxiety attack. And I didn't want this blog to become all about poor little me.
I went in to see the doctor today. My primary care provider was unavailable so I saw someone new. I was anxious about being taken seriously. Unfortunately there was a nearly only hour back-up so I had a lot of time to go over my story in my head. I had all my reasons ready for why I needed aggressive treatment. Fortunately, the provider I saw, who was a PA, was awesome. I was really worried that he was going to tell me that if it hurts when I run, then don't run. And get over it. But he didn't say that at all, or even imply it. Far from it! He didn't think I was a freak for running 50 miles a week or 20+ miles every weekend. He didn't think I was a nutcase for wanting to get back to running asap. He didn't even think I was whacko for wanting to run a 100 mile race someday. In fact, he's a recreational runner himself, participates in other sports, and seemed to take an interest in my "hobby". Fortunately, I do not have a hamstring tear. He diagnosed a hamstring strain and referred me to physical therapy. My first appointment is next week. Yahoo!
He was impressed with the strength in my legs. So I guess these skinny legs of mine have some muscle in them after all! He said it will probably be six to eight weeks before I can really get serious about running again. But hopefully that is a very conservative assessment. I'm definitely not going to push it. Right now I can pretty much do anything but run. Anything low-impact is okay. So I'm going to try out pool running and will hit the elliptical at the gym too. And little by little I'll test the running waters again.
So Hagg is definitely out. I'm volunteering instead. Pac Rim is probably out too. Hopefully the Rumble is still a go, but there is always the 30k option, if necessary. I'm going to be careful not to overdo once I can run again. But I'm also going to do my best to maintain as much fitness as possible. Thanks for all your kind words and support!