Westward Ho! Or no?

Love the desert

Yeah, that’s about as cheesy as one can get with a title, I know. I made myself laugh, though, so there.

I’m out here in the beautiful desert for a bit of R and R. I mentioned in my 11 randoms post that I am always at peace when I come out this direction–the beauty of the mountains just speaks to me.

One thing I haven’t mentioned is my latest sore spot. Seems that last weekend’s trail run kind of trashed my right foot. When I got home from it, I took off my shoe to find swelling, bruising, and localized pain. With my history, the mind goes immediately to fear of stress fracture/reaction. So I stopped running and found a doc to take a look at it on Monday.

He poked around, looked at the point of pain, and expressed his doubts for a stress fracture. Still, for peace of mind I asked for an MRI, which I was lucky enough to secure that day. Late Tuesday I got the results–no stress fracture, but tendon damage. The doctor recommended taking a few more days off, then giving it a go.

A great hike with the kids

Which leads me to yesterday. I did about a 3 1/2 mile run. It wasn’t pain-free, but wasn’t horrible either. I followed this up with a 2.5 mile family hike in the Superstition Mountains. I’ve had a bit more more swelling and pain, but again, it doesn’t seem too much worse. So now I have the dilemma of the 1/2 marathon I am registered for this Sunday. I had already decided I’d run it without the chip on–my training has just been too inconstant thanks to my aches and pains. But now I can’t decide if I should run it at all. I’ll have the next couple of days to decide.

I think I have figured out one piece to this puzzle. In addition to running nearly 21 miles in ridiculous conditions last Saturday, I did a shoe switch almost two weeks prior in hopes that it would help my Achilles (which is perfectly fine now, btw). I stuck with a 4mm heel to toe drop but added more cushion. I’ve decided that, for me, less is more when it comes to my gait. So back to the Pure Connects I have gone. Sometimes it amazes me how much difference a pair of shoes can make, but I am a believer that they really can.

It’s clear that my body just isn’t ready for full-on marathon training right now. I’ll hopefully still get to Boston, but I am going to keep the mileage on the even lower side and just get to the starting line. My finish time will be ugly, but I didn’t have high expectations to begin with, so that helps. I have to keep it all in perspective and remember this one is just a celebration of being back.

So while I figure out if I’m going to run a 1/2 out here in the desert, I am having dinner with EMZ tonight and could NOT be more excited! Pictures to follow, for sure.

What do you have on tap for this weekend?

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  1. says

    I hope the foot sorts out quickly. Shoes make such a big difference and we need to be very careful when changing shoes. I’m always as I’m sure you are, but sometimes we still do funny things at funny times. If there is swelling I would not run the half but if the swelling is gone I’d go for it. Dinner with EMZ sounds awesome! I hope to make a Arizona stop on my way home after Pikes Peak in August and maybe meet her as well. All the best this weekend. I’m doing a 25.5km training run Saturday and a short run Sunday.
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  2. says

    Ouch, feeling for you. I’m glad it isn’t a fracture though. Maybe you could just start the race and see how you feel? You don’t absolutely have to finish. Of course, if you’re like me, you wouldn’t be able to resist the atmosphere – so maybe that isn’t the best plan.
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  3. says

    We’ve spoken a couple times about how this comeback to running after a very long injury is so humbling, but you have learned so much about your body and it’s needs in the process and learning what works and what doesn’t – which I think is so very cool. I’m sorry about the recent small setback but listen once again and if the time is right, the do the half and if not….well, you know there’ll be another for you very soon :).

  4. Emz says

    Hi! Biggest loser checking in…can we do meals both nights?! 😉
    Sorry to change to Saturday. Seriously 100% pita’s fault. Who has meetings on a Friday night?! Ya, I should probably look into that. 😉
    I’m so freaking happy you are here!!
    Not happy your ankle is wonky but. YFGT. Boston is your….ya…that.

  5. says

    Have a great time with Emz, enjoy the hols and do Boston however you can. You’re in this running thing for life, not every race can be run at the best of your ability!
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  6. says

    I’d say don’t do the 1/2 if your goal is doing boston. In a race, it’s hard to quit with the excitement of the environment. If it was a training run on your own, you’d be more likely to listen to your body and call it quits if you needed to. You don’t want to be out 8 weeks with a bum foot.
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  7. says

    It’s so frustrating when we get these set backs. The half this week end might be a no-no. You’ll run harder than if you were on your own which might aggravate your foot.

    This might make you shudder but have you thought about doing your harder training on a treadmill? It may help prevent some of those injuries.
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  8. says

    Love your honesty in these struggles… it’s so hard to slow ourselves down! I’m very curious whether or not I’ll make it to the start of my April full as well, I’ve having some minor aches and pains and am wondering if it’s wise to keep pushing. I also have a half on Sunday, which I’m hoping to turn into a 17-miler, so I’ll reassess after that!
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  9. says

    Sorry to hear that you’ve hit another obstacle. It must be frustrating, especially when you were doing so well on your comeback! Definitely smart to cut back. The important thing is getting to that starting line uninjured. Enjoy the R & R!
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  10. says

    You’re 100% correct! It is a celebration of being back! Plus, you and I have the same mentality, I love trail running and my friends warn me all the time about getting hurt and then missing my road races. But, I feel like if I sit on the sidelines then I’m not following my heart and what I really want to do. Maybe that’s the “only child” part of me speaking :) ??
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  11. says

    I laughed too for what it is worth! 😉 Out-loud, at my desk….bad employee………! 😉

    I hope your foot feels better. The scenery where you are is definitely beautiful – I really really hope to get our West someday!

    Have a great weekend too! :) Dinner with EMZ?! Can’t wait for pictures!!

  12. says

    I hope that foot sorts it self out with the quickness…..but hooray for the achilles.

    I owe you an email and I plan on doing it today/this weekend so when you get back you’ll have it and can work on it next week. It’s super simple stuff and won’t take you long.

    Enjoy dinner and mention to Emily that Cheap Trick is an awesome band and that I said so.
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  13. says

    So annoying for you – to run or not to run. I hate that we have to overthink things. I wish there was a crystal ball that would give us all the answers. But the dinner with Emz should be great.
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  14. says

    Shoot, I hope that foot pain gets better :/ Glad it’s not a stress fracture. Enjoy those mountains! It’s too bad you couldn’t swing through Boulder :)

    I’m looking forward to an active weekend, as well. Running 10, and an IM soccer game. Oh, and going wine-tasting at a winery in Estes Park. Ahhh, Colorado, how I love thee.
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  15. says

    I hope everything heals ok. I say go ahead & run the race. Just take it slow. For me, this weekend, I’m supposed to run a total of 13 miles. I’m quite nervous about it because my body can’t decide if it’s going to be sick or not, so I haven’t been running too much.
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  16. says

    so sorry for the setback! hope everything is ok and heals quickly.

    fun hike with the kids…we’ve never taken the boys hiking but it looks like SO much fun!
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  17. says

    So glad your MRI came out clear- whew! Good peace of mind for sure. I have a half marathon next weekend and I’m kinda in the same boat. Personally I want to do it no matter how fast or slow-just get the miles in for my full in Eugene in a few months. Why no timing chip? I’m of the belief I want ALL my runs recorded just as they happen , real history in the books you know :)
    Shoes… Sigh… For me the Brooks Connect was what started my lengthy unwanted rest period. Boo!
    Good luck with your decision. I’ll be looking forward to how it goes for you. All the best! Enjoy the West Coast.
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  18. Colleen says

    The title definitely made me smile if that makes you feel better! :)

    Sorry about the foot. Glad that it’s not a stress fracture, but still a bummer none the less!

  19. says

    I’m a city girl for sure, but there’s something about mountains, desserts, forrests…real nature, that is so healing to the body and soul! I hope you are able to restore both your foot and mind! Enjoy your trip!
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  20. says

    Sorry for the foot and glad that it is not a stress fracture. Take care and don’t stress your foot, I have run with the pain and now I don’t know my running future. NOW and only NOW I have learned that one day off is better than a workout with the pain.
    The desert is something of special, I was lucky to visit the desert of Nevada and the Sahara: unforgettable experiences.
    Enjoy your trip.
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  21. says

    Gorgeous photos!

    I’m glad that it’s not a fracture and that from your most recent post things seem to be on the mend. I just wanted to say that I am always amazed by your grace and good humor. Hang in there, lady! I know that you will get to Boston and have an amazing experience even if it’s not a personal best.
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