I had high hopes for this comming year. Everything was going good.
I was hopping to do at least 12 marathon or higher races.
My premilinary race schedule was:
Feb- that 50K in Kansas
April- McNaughton 100
May- Superior 50K
June- Fans 24 hour and Grandma's
July- Afton 50K, 1/2 Voyageur marathon, and Voyageur 50 mile
August- Lean Horse 50 or 100 or Pikes Peak marathon if I was lucky to get in.
September- Superior 50 Mile
October- Twin Cities Marathon and Whistlestop marathon.
But now I have no idea what I will be able to do.
I had some left sided soreness during and afer the extreme snowshoeing on Saturday the 29th, I thought it was just from not being used to that much climbing and the extra effort it takes running in showshoes. I had also sort of rolled down a snowey hill but did not think anything of it. I did some heavey lifting on Sunday and it seemed to make me a little bit sorer. I felt like I needed a chiroprator visit in the worst way. On New years Day I all of a sudden, while walking through Target developed this horrible left sided back pain that radiated down the side and front of my left leg. The pain was constant worse when I moved. It got worse through the day and evening to the point of not being able to straighten up. I did not go to the emergency room I knew sitting for hours waiting to be seen would be worse than just laying on the couch.
I went to the doctors office the next day- I had to duck walk out to the car and get into a wheelchair at the clinic, walking more than a few feet even bent over was impossible. I was sent for an MRI at CDI. My Doctor called me back that same afternoon telling me I had a Herniated Disc between 3-4. He suggested a epidural.
Being that I work for CDI, I was no stranger to this procedure, never thought I would be one needing one. It was scheduled for the next day.
The Rad at CDI came in and said it looks like you have two problem discs like it would be a toss up which to do but he stated "Your doctor wanted 3-4 so lets do that". Great I have more than one problem disc!!!
The pain during the final part of the Epidural was so horrible I don't know if I would ever do it again- but after that I had significantly less pain. I did not feel as much pain after the initial numbing wore off but still felt pain, although less, when I tried to straighten up.
When I was able to get up I was searching the computer for possible answers to the big question- Will I be able to run ultras again!!! I talked to Adam the runner and blogger with some questions about his herniation which made me feel hopeful.
For now it is wait and heal I guess.