November 30, 2004
wake up and smell the asphalt
ok, that's it, I'm done. Last Wednesday I was happily doing the toe-raises the PT had told me to do, heard some snapping and crunching in my foot. Next day noticed some forefoot pain while running. This got worse over the weekend despite my attempts to cut back on running. I spent Sunday night dreaming my foot hurt, then waking up to find my foot actually did hurt. Monday morning the doctor said it looks like a metatarsal stress fracture. No special treatment, just stay off it until it quits hurting.
Coach says that I need to be back running by Jan 1 to have any hope of a decent Boston. This morning I got on my silly one-speed kid's bike and rode in the neighborhood for a half-hour, weighing the merits of this or that recovery plan. In the end I realized it's just no use. Regarding Boston: I'll either run like crap, patting myself on the back that "at least I tried," or I'll break another bone. I quit.
November 21, 2004
8 miles high
Today I ran a big 8 miles with my running club. It was the first Sunday-long-run I've been to since September or maybe even late August. Whatta blast! It was a nice cool Florida-fall morning with temps in the low 60s. I wasn't planning any pace at all, but I fell in behind some people at a pace that felt really good despite some semi-heavy breathing. When the GPS beeped and said mid-7s I thought it was lying, but since everything felt good I decided to see how long I could keep it up. That turned out to be about 5.5 miles. After that I decided to slow it down for my lungs' sake.
I ended up with 8 miles at 7:58 pace, and it felt great, and I'm just so happy! Later I was a little sore, but I'm not too surprised. Tomorrow calls for 3 miles in the morning, then an hour of cardio in the afternoon. Those 3 miles are going to be very easy.
November 20, 2004
I think that I am back
There are a couple of reasons I haven't posted in a while. For one thing, up until last week I was strictly crosstraining. Crosstraining is boring, and reports about crosstraining are even more boring. For another thing, my job is insane. But I did have a followup appointment with my doctor last Thursday (11/11, there must be something lucky about that), and he sprung me from the boot and said I could start easing into running.
Which I have been doing, bit by bit. The first couple of "runs" were really walk-1minute-run-2minutes treadmill sessions. I thought it would be great, with me flying along easily, but boy am I weak, even with all the crosstraining! Especially glutes and quads - I was pretty knock-kneed the first few runs, and I still fight it when I'm tired.
At first the "running" was so negligible that it didn't make a dent in the crosstraining, but it's slowly getting to the point of actually being part of a workout rather than just a 15-minute novelty. Today was great, really the best run I can remember in months because it didn't hurt. Tomorrow is our club's long-run day, and coach said I could run 8 miles, whoohoo! I can't wait. Of course I won't be able to keep up with my old training partners, but I'm still looking forward to it.
November 5, 2004
I would write more, but I'm really really tired.
No running yet, just centuries in the gym or the pool, stuffed somewhere between work and sleep.