December 19, 2004
put your head down and run
When last I posted I thought I had another stress fracture, this time in my foot. That turned out to be sort of not the case. The radiologist who read the xray saw two old, healed stress fractures I never knew I had. What I have now is just extensor tendonitis in my foot, brought on by - what else? - too much too soon. It's very slowly going away.
The last couple of weeks I've gone from non-weightbearing xtraining to weightbearing xtraining to walking to gallowalking and, finally, to running. Today was my longest run since early October - 8.69 miles, yowza! My plan is to increase the miles reasonably, supplementing the running with an hour of xtraining 5 days a week.
I'm really happy to be running again, but oddly enough there's a downside too. I'm afraid of every ache and pain, afraid I'll injure myself again. Even worse is the fear I've lost too much (maybe), that I'll never get back with my old training partners again (probably), that I'm in even worse shape than I was this time last year (definitely).
What a bunch of blah. For the time being I've set up the gps so I can't tell how far or fast I'm going. I try not to think about whether I'll be in decent shape for Boston, try not to think about all the prep races I may have to sit out. I have a lot of work to do, but I just have to put my head down and do it.
Last night I dreamed I was running with my coach and the rest of our club on a typical Sunday long run, and we decided to run (not race) a 34-mile race someone was putting on. The race was a 28-mile loop followed by a 6-mile loop. At 28 miles my time was 3:30.
If only :-)
Posted by joe positive at December 19, 2004 1:59 PM