Weirdest Running Injury Yet

This week is going well enough. I’m 2 out of 3 Febulous runs done for my team, including my committed “long” run — only 4 mi., but hey, that’s long for me right now! Those 2 runs have been eventful. My long run was on very icy roads, so much so that despite wearing my studded running shoes, I was still backsliding slightly on steep uphills (scary) & couldn’t brake much on the steep downhills, for fear of pitching ass over teakettle & landing on my chin (really scary)! It was a high-stress run, but got better as I came to the end :-)

Earlier in the week, I had the weirdest running injury ever — on my bellybutton! That’s right. It was a surprise to me, too.

I’d planned a 3 mi. treadmill run at the gym. Put on my favorite running shorts & noticed the elastic waist was not so elastic. This is good news & bad news. The good news is my weight loss is going well, helping make them too big for me, hooray! The bad news is my favorite pair are worn out & need to be tossed, boo. As a quick fix, I used something I’ve never used before: the inner drawstring. That’s why it’s there, right? I tied it in a little knot to cinch & away I ran, shorts secured.

BellybuttonAfter my run, OW! I noticed an intense burning sensation on my tummy & discovered an open sore near my navel, hmm, about the size of a drawstring knot. Wow, for such a tiny wound, it was raw. I’ve chafed on my inner legs before (“chub rub”, stupid fatty thighs) & on my collarbones, too (evil sports bras) — but a chafed bellybutton?

In other news: If I have a gym membership & can prove that I go, I can get a $200 rebate on my health insurance premiums each year. The amount of paperwork & number of follow-up calls I applied in order to actually get this $200 almost negated the cash value, sheesh — but I finally got the check this week!

I’m also having great success being off caffeinated beverages. My Lenten sacrifice of NO coffee (reg. or decaf) & NO black tea (reg. or decaf) was a bit of a bumpy ride at first. I didn’t get the rumored headaches, but man, was I ever lethargic. That went on for the first 5 or 6 days, but by now, I’m happy to say it looks like I’ve emerged from the fog. Is my stress lessened? I’m not sure… but Easter’s still a long ways out, so I’ll learn more as I go along.

We’re due another 8 to 10 inches of snow Saturday night, so my final Febulous run o’ the week is planned for tomorrow, before the snow :-)

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5 Responses to “Weirdest Running Injury Yet”

  1. Lupo Grigio Says:

    WTG! You are really making progress!!!! Woohoo!

    It’s snowing like mad here. Ugh! I have two appointments. Not looking forward to driving!

  2. plustenner Says:

    wow! you are on fire – well done for running in the snow!

  3. Red Hen Says:

    With you on the bra chaffing and thigh chaffing thing.Bodyglide could be your best friend yet.Worth a try,anyhow.

  4. abradypus Says:

    Body glide is good. Definitely recommend it.

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