"Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul."
The back-story: When my body cooled down after my 23K run last Sunday, I felt a new pain on the right side of my right ankle.
Shit...so I did the smart thing and got on the bike trainer instead of running on Tuesday and Wednesday. I also iced and even took some ibuprofen since I had a cold and a headache too. It all "seemed" to be working perfectly.
Today: Beautiful sunny day, no wind, groin all better, no more cold and the ankle seems fine. I was SO EXCITED about getting out there for my run. However, the minute I started running I felt a little twinge in the ankle and excitement quickly turned to caution. The pain remained relatively mild until a little after 4K, at that point there were little stabs of pain and they were growing more intense.
Damn. I walked the last 2.5K until Uber H came to get me with the car...and yes, I cried a few tears.
What now: On Tuesday, PT so at least I'll know what I'm dealing with. Lots of sunshine expected tomorrow and Saturday, so this evening I took the bike off the trainer and it is ready for the road. Lots of biking this weekend!
Here is what was going through my mind while I was walking today... “It's not age because lots of older people run”... “The corticosteroids have made me more vulnerable to injury, but I seem to be healing well from all the injuries I’ve sustained so far”... “Apart from my ankle, I felt no other pain after my 23K”... “What if the minute this injury is healed, another one occurs”... “When will I know whether I should forget about marathon training and stick to half-marathons and perhaps duathlons”. Sigh...I watch the videos and I know that I am NEVER NEVER NEVER supposed to give up and I’m definitely not about to.
The plan: Do everything I can to be ready for my marathon on May 29th and unless I can’t run at all, or can barely walk, I will be at the starting line. There are walkers at this marathon, so although I won’t do it if I can’t run at all, at least I know that if I must walk more than expected, the finish line will still be there.
Once again, I’ll keep you posted.
If it is in any way possible, I will run my marathon in May.