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.
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?