In all the relationships I’ve had in my life, there have been a few I’d classify as “complicated” at some point or another. The one relationship in my life that stands out as being the.most.complicated is my relationship with running. You guys remember this post. It’s always been a give and take, a start and a stop, a renewed dedication. It’s always been the one thing I could go back to and even though I always had to start over (ugh), it was the one thing I always knew I could do.
So this spring I started training to run the DSM Half with my sister. I was a little behind the training schedule and hadn’t been running as consistently as I should have… till about three weeks ago. But even when I started getting serious about training, things weren’t gel-ing for me. My shoes weren’t great, I had no energy, running 1 mile was hard (let alone 4). I did some tweaking last week just in time to run 6 miles on Sunday. Which I did – kicking and screaming and in the time that it takes most people to complete a half marathon. But I did it, and it was over, and I felt awesome after.
Till yesterday. I had pain in my right foot that wasn’t there previously. Of all the ailments that have ever plagued me in my running life, foot pain was never one of them so this was different. I went out this morning (after FINALLY finding an awesome trail around the corner from home) even though my foot hurt. I walked to warm up and started out with an easy pace. I even have a mantra from my sister that I remind myself of when I’m just getting warmed up: “it’s my pace” in my head over and over. Pain interrupted my mantra. I didn’t even make it a full mile before I turned around and headed back to the car.
Flash forward four hours. After meeting with the sports medicine doctor at the walk-in clinic… I have a stress fracture. Which means my half-marathon dreams are over since I have to wear this stupid boot for four weeks.
Here’s the real rub for me: I want to be in control over when I do and don’t run. I went on a serious hiatus after I moved to Iowa – we’re talking two years – but that was my choice. I don’t like to NOT have the option to run for any other reason than I choose not to. I drove home trying to get used to the idea that I wouldn’t be running a half, I wouldn’t even be allowed to run; I’d have to start all over again in four weeks with one dumpy mile. In short, running never looked so good till she’s gone.
This boot is already annoying and I have to take it on and off every time I drive. This is going to be a long and disappointing four weeks. It kind of doesn’t feel like I really have to do this. I’m reminded the moment I take my boot off and walk around and it starts to hurt again. I guess this is for real. Maybe next time I won’t take it for granted that I’m healthy enough to run. I think that has to be the silver lining here… right?