Running Behind

I am feeling behind in much of my life lately, so writing posts has taken a bit of a back seat.  And speaking of back seat, I am currently on the injured list after hurting my “back seat”.  2 weeks ago my hubby and I went for a hike on our anniversary (19 years, woohoo!).  Unfortunately, the hike ended with me falling on my tailbone after slipping on some rock steps on a steep area of the trail.  It was instantly swollen and the bruising is like nothing I’ve ever seen.  I have even gotten worried in the gym locker room that someone is going to see my backside and think I’ve been abused!

The good news is that I don’t think I injured my coccyx as much as my sacrum, (at least I guess that’s good news).  I don’t have to sit on a donut cushion, I just have to be careful to not have anything touch my lower back area.  I have done all the injury protocol of RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation, well elevation is a bit hard to accomplish with this injury!).  2 weeks later and I still have a large hard lump about the size of a lemon in my backside that is very painful.

The other good news is that I can swim and bike without too much pain.  So, I’ve been able to keep up with most of my Half Ironman training.  The bad news is that I cannot run.  As in, I cannot even take 2 steps without extreme pain.  This does not bode well seeing as my race is in less than 4 weeks.  I really don’t know at this point if it is feasible for me to attempt a Half Ironman or not.  Walking 13.1 miles does not sound like my idea of fun at the end of a triathlon.  I have not gone to the doctor because everything I read online said that whether it is broken or just bruised, there isn’t anything they can do. However, now that we are a few weeks out from my race, I’m beginning to wonder if I should go get an X-ray.

Just when I felt that my triathlon training was going well and I was getting into a groove after Boston, this had to happen.  I am trying to remain positive and I really am thankful that I can bike and swim, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t desperately missing my running.

Anyone ever dealt with a “backside” injury?  Any tips on getting over it faster?