Thank you, everyone. I really appreciate all the supportive and kind responses I got regarding that ridiculously nasty anon post the other day. I have no idea what could have possibly triggered that message. It really was quite a surprise and incredibly unwarranted, not to mention completely unfounded.
Just a quick update, I’m out of the boot now, but still haven’t gone for a run. I think I’ll try walking first and see how that goes!
Thanks again. You guys are the best :)
Q:You were irresponsible and stupid for running three halfs without training. You were lucky to get the least serious fracture you could possibly get from that. But you didn't learn, didn't let it heal, and now you're running again when you're supposed to rest. You are not following proper training. You're incredibly stupid. When you ACTUALLY break your foot next time, don't come crying to fitblr.
Thank you for letting me know how irresponsible and stupid I am, anon. I was actually not feeling bad enough about:
- the fact that I haven’t been able to exercise properly for the past 8 weeks
- losing the ability to train for the NYC Marathon (for which I worked incredibly hard last year in order to gain entry)
- forfeiting my marathon fees as I had already signed up prior to my injury and there is no deferment policy
- not having been to yoga for 2 months and missing my teacher terribly
- myriad other factors going on in my life at the moment that I choose not to discuss publicly
Having to wear a walking boot in 90 degree weather, 90% humidity and/or torrential downpours all while wearing jeans and sneakers because I can’t wear sandals and by extension dresses without looking like a crazy commuter lady from the 1980s had me almost forgetting how irresponsible and stupid I was running 3 half marathons without training. Thank sweet baby Jesus you are here to remind me, anon.
Also, having not blogged for the 2 months I’ve been injured is quite indicative of the fact that I would indeed come crying to fitblr should I have the grand fortune of ACTUALLY breaking my foot next time. Because everyone knows a fracture isn’t REALLY a break, it’s merely…..oh, wait.
1.the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition.
Where anyone, let alone someone who doesn’t even have the balls to admonish me publicly, got the idea I’ve been running again I would love to know. Those pictures of me at races? I walked them. I paid for them and I walked them. I haven’t set foot or feet in my Asics since May 17 and every single one of my friends who has heard me bitch and moan about this fact will surely back me up.
Not that it is any of your motherfucking business.
All of these. But mostly: “Be more outgoing” isn’t something you can easily pick up (and you don’t really want to).
I’m currently reading a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. If you or a good friend are/is an introvert, or perhaps you work closely with one, it’s truly informative and I recommend it highly.
Hello….It’s been a while.
Quite a bit has happened over the course of the last few months. Let’s start with a few bullet points:
- March 16 - Ran the NYC Half and nearly froze to death after hitting the wall at mile 9. Survived thanks to Betsy who loaned me gloves and walked the last 3.5 miles with me. Time: 3:08
- April 5 - Ran the Charlottesville Half and, learning from my NYC experience, ran/walked the race so as not to hit a wall. Noticed intermittent right foot pain in the following weeks. Time: 3:07
- May 17 - Ran the Brooklyn Half. Didn’t develop noticeable foot pain until mile 10. Walked the last 3 miles. Time: 3:23
The kicker is I didn’t train for any of these races. I semi-trained for the NYC half, but had no runs for 3 weeks prior to the race. I had 1 run between NYC and Charlottesville and 1 run between Charlottesville and Brooklyn. I finished Brooklyn 50 minutes slower than last year and 55 minutes slower than my PR.
I was kind of proud of myself in one respect for having finished the races even though they were grueling and not the least bit enjoyable. I almost bowed out of Brooklyn because I knew it was insane running a 3rd half without any training and I didn’t want to risk injury that might jeopardize training for the NYC Marathon. What I didn’t know is it was already too late.
I finally went to the doctor the following week and found out I have a navicular stress fracture which is why my right foot had been bothering me. I was happy and sad for this news. Happy because it was something detectable and fixable, but sad because now I am out of commission for the next 6-8 weeks. Exactly what I didn’t want to happen has happened and the marathon is now in jeopardy.
The doctor says she thinks I can run 8 weeks from when I first saw her which would be July 15. I gave myself a 16-week minimum to train for the marathon and that would need to begin on July 13. As you can see, there is very little wiggle room there.
If all goes well, I will be a month behind my LLS TNT teammates who begin training on June 14. My biggest concern is by July, given the mere handful of times I have run this year, I will be starting from zero again. Any 16-week training plan is going to start me out at 15+ miles in week 1. That doesn’t seem realistic coming from zero.
The good news is I have time to speak with my coaches and find out what they think is realistic for me and make a decision from there. If I have to bow out, I’ll lose my fees for this year but I’ll still have guaranteed entry for 2015. The bad news is I’m also missing 2 races in June I’ve already signed up and paid for.
I guess for now I will try to enjoy the time off, though it’s driving me a little batty. I’m not supposed to walk more than 1 mile which in New York City is nearly impossible. But I’m doing my best to remain positive and keep my fingers crossed for the possible.
tl;dr Don’t run 3 half marathons without training. You’ll break your foot.