I know triathletes and runner get injuries all the time. I just didn't expect this injury.
It's not pretty and I can't show you a picture. That would be too graphic. I won't be doing too much of anything until my injury is better.
It started when my coach upped the running in my workout log from about 10 miles a week to around 25 miles a week. I tried to do it. I really did. But it was just too much. And now I am paying the price.
My injury flared up yesterday morning! It started as a dull ache, which continued to worsen during the day. But night time I was in pain and putting hot compresses on my injury. It didn't help much. This morning when I saw the red line I knew I needed to go to the doctor.
His diagnosis - Mastitis...an infection of the breast!
I looked up mastitis on the Internet and almost all the information relates to women who are breastfeeding. I know my mastitis is not from breastfeeding. I got rid of my last nursing bra about 14 years ago.
My doctor took a wild guess that all the running I have been doing was, well, chafing me. A little chafe and a little bacteria and viola, infection! PAINFUL INFECTION, with a fever!
I am on antibiotics! The next time I run, I'll be wearing band aids with my sports bra.
In the meantime, I think I will concentrate on biking and swimming!