Almost two weeks ago now, I went for a long run. I'm not doing a half this fall because of some ill planning on my part. But I still wanted to remain in shape. So this was my last long run of the year.
I've been talking with my running coach a lot and I've almost felt bored with my running. I still love it. But I've needed to be stretched or pushed in a new way with it. In the back of my mind, since I crossed the finish line last year, I have wanted to do a marathon. I know that at some point, I need to know what that feels like.
I wanted to get a sub 2 hour half-marathon first. Thankfully, my running coach remembered that. And so when I told her that I was in this place of being bored, she suggested that I do some speed work. Training for a marathon is very time consuming and the only way to make it not time-consuming is to get your time down. So after this long run, she and I were going to re-evaluate my training plan for the remainder of the year. And getting faster sounded and sounds really exciting to me.
This run was hard for me. It was muggy as all get out. It had been forecasted to just pour about half-way through my run, but it never happened. Running has so many factors to it, but one of the biggest factors is the weather. So many things can change when it rains, is muggy, hot as balls or cold. When I first started running, I used to think people were crazy for loving running more in the winter time. Now I'm in that camp. But running in the rain or when it's about to rain is when thinks can change or happen the most. A person just runs differently.
After this run, I did my usual post-run routine. I took a shower. Took a nap. Noticed my calves were tighter than usual. However, unlike the past year, I've been on my feet all day during the week because I'm in court for my externship with the prosecutor's office up here. I wore flats to be nice to my feet the next day. But at the end of the day, I was miserable. My point of pressure hurts right under my ankle bone. As in I touch my ankle bone, move my fingers right below it and that's where it hurts.
I went on rest immediately. Took some ibuprofen. Stretched regularly. This past Monday was Columbus Day so the office was closed. I had a full day of rest and it really helped. So I went to my running group on Wednesday. And it was the same pain again. I'm really stiff in the mornings. But then I'm fine throughout the day. At the end of the work day, it gets stiff and sore again. I've had no swelling or throbbing pain at any point. I'm going to see a sports medicine doctor that specializes in ankle injuries in athletes up here.
But I am really nervous.
I'm pretty much ready to lose my mind.
My worst nightmare right now are the words "stress fracture."
I've been in denial about this, but I'm at the point where I'm ready to talk about it. I figure that talking about it gets me on the path to recovery quicker than not talking about it. And who knows, maybe someone has been through it like I have.
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