Wish I knew

The sore spot by my SI joint has gone away, there's just a weird nerve sensation over the joint now. It's runable -- it doesn't get any worse, and it doesn't hurt at all. It just doesn't feel right.

So the question becomes: do I continue to run on it? I just sent a note to Jerry -- nice to have another person to run everything by.

The problem is that in order to "race" a fall marathon, I really need to start putting in miles now. Race day is in less than 3 months. So maybe this minor re-injury of the area means that I pack it up, rest a while longer to kick it in the butt, and then just look at this summer/fall/winter as a "train to train" sort of period. Run a fall marathon, but not look at it as much as an "all-out-race" sort of thing.

Other option is to continue to run easy miles on it (Jerry recommended trying this early in the week, 6-8 miles a day just to test it to see how it reacted), hope that this sensation is just the area healing after the re-injury. And see what happens. Could be bad, could be good. This option would still probably allow a pretty competitive marathon.

*Sigh* Hard to know. Injuries take too much brain power.

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!


  1. Hey Nichole....does it feel anything like a pinched nerve? Do you notice any other feelings at all in the rest of your lower body?

  2. Nope, nothing down the leg. It's more like a lot of dull (nothing sharp) nerve firings in the whole SI joint area. I ran tonight and it's still there, but better! I'm praying... :)