Thankfully my x-ray results showed that the stress fractures had not advanced to full fractures, so my doctor said he would let me try putting on my sneakers and running “some.” Mind you, he wasn’t really clear on how far “some” was, so I thought it was open to interpretation. I had been wearing the CAM boot about 7, 8 weeks, and when the injury happened I was only a few weeks into the half marathon training, so I knew I was going to be a bit behind. I had been following the training anyway, but instead of running I was doing the recommended distances on the elliptical at the gym. As it happens, the distance scheduled for the day after I got the okay to run was a 12-miler (the half marathon is only a week out). Saturday morning was beautiful, so I gingerly laced up my Brooks (my bursitis in the foot still is acting up .. the injection provided relief for one stinking day) and headed to a long path I had not run before. Well, I did the 12 miles, run/walking. I know my fear of stepping on the foot really impaired my running, and I’m sure I probably looked like a waddling duck. I ran on the grass some of the time for cushioning, but I did it. It hurt, but not as bad as I thought it would. I was really, really slow, but at least I wasn’t too bad on my breathing, which was a big fear.
Fast forward to the next morning (rest day) … WHAT is that pain in my legs … that part where your legs connect to your body. That part on Barbie dolls where you can pull off the legs. It felt like I had never moved them before! Next day, 3+ miles and that pain is still there! I’m pretty sure I now know that using an elliptical is no substitute for running. Going to have to do some mighty stretching and foam rolling to try to work this out.
I leave Friday for my sister’s house in Virginia, and then Sunday is the half marathon in Virginia Beach. Although my time will probably be about 45 minutes slower than originally planned, just finishing (upright) will be an accomplishment. And celebrating with my sister is the best victory.
Today I followed up with my doctor for the stress fractures. Still in my CAM boot (it’s been about 7 weeks now) and still having pain. After I reminded him that my first half marathon was in TEN days, he thought the pain might be from the bursitis and not the fractures, as they should be healing. SHOULD BE?!? I have been so good in wearing that boot (even to bed!) and not doing any running or even walking without the boot. We don’t have the results from the x-rays but hopefully they will show some healing. In the meantime, he gave me a cortisone shot right between the toes (OUCH). If the x-ray looks good, he said I could try light running in a few days (should be much less pain), and I will be able to run/walk in the marathon. I’ll take it!
In other news, both my girls have flown the coop – Ashley has moved to Seoul, South Korea to start her teaching job, and Morgan has moved to her apartment in New York City for her sophomore year at college. Running is empty nest therapy!
WHAT A SUMMER!
Thanks Runners World, I needed that!
I’m pretty sure this is what my race partners (victims?) are thinking after I convince them how much fun we will have doing that half marathon/marathon!
This is from the One More Mile Running Apparel Facebook page. I still have trouble considering myself an “athlete” so I love Jeff Galloway’s sentiments here.