I went to the doctor this morning for my one month follow up post MRI results! Going into it I wasn’t 100% sure what the best news was that I was going to hear. I didn’t know if, “you can run!” was even a remote possibility or if things move more slowly in the world of stress fractures. I kind of just figured in the spiraling downhill of news I’ve received about my right foot lately he’d just say, “sorry, you’re out of luck for another month; go spend more time getting familiar with your bike.”
When I walked in and he asked how the pain is and I said it doesn’t hurt, he told me it was good news. How exciting for me! He did some squeezing and pushing, and when I said it didn’t hurt, he told me we’d take some X-rays and talk about how to get back at it! I still was nervous for the X-Rays. We took them and he showed me the results. I could see the stress fracture, and he said since it’s more white than the rest of the heel bone it shows bone growth, which he said is the best thing he could see! Awesome! What does that mean?!
He had asked what my base mileage was before the injury and I had responded with 25-30 miles/week running. He said I could…walk! I was confused…
He explained for the next month I could walk for fitness and then if that didn’t hurt I could start running again after that! And then he said I could walk 7-10 miles/week. I was hoping he was going to say 7-10 miles/day, but he didn’t. Hm…not what I was expecting…
But! Looking at things on the bright side, he said after a month of pain free walking I could start running again without coming back in to him. So the countdown is on…
He also said I could do a sprint tri in June if I walked the run. We’ll see.
But what does this mean as far as goal races in the fall…
Well, it’s probably not going to happen…
I will be able to start running again slowly at the end of June/beginning of July, but I don’t think I’ll have the base running fitness nor will I be able to up the mileage as high as necessary for a 12-14 week training plan that running Chicago would require. I don’t want to re-injure myself putting stress on my foot that is still in the healing process.
So that does stink, but at the same time, I’ve kind of gotten used to the taste of that idea after not having run in so long. I don’t want to end up having this happen again by trying to push something my body isn’t ready for.
I almost feel like I’m playing a game of Yahtzee…
I’m putting the dice in the cup again, and I’m rethinking my fall schedule. With Chicago 90% out of the picture, it’s looking like a later marathon is a better option. That will probably mean a December marathon, which there are a couple of in Florida with low registration costs and open availability. I’ll probably make a decision on Space Coast or Jacksonville Bank when I’m able to run again at the end of June.
In the meantime I do have a few races that I’m now planning on racing this summer, and they’re more of the three sport variety. My goal for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful campaign is to complete a triathlon, and with all of the biking and swimming I’ve been doing, I’m read to start signing up for some! For now, here are my thoughts on a summer schedule:
Top Gun is a sprint triathlon that is a 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run on July 27th. Unless I jump into something in June by chance, this will be my first official triathlon!
Fort De Soto Triathlon has a sprint and an International Distance, and I think I’m going to step it up for this one and do the International Distance. That consists of a 1/2 mile swim, 20 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run.
I’m already registered for the IronGirl Clermont, and I’m participating in this one free through IronGirl because of my blog (use code IGBIGWORLD for $10 off the sprint distance). This one for the sprint distance (it also has a super sprint, which is a little shorter) is 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run.
I’ve also got another crazy idea up my sleeve, but for now I’ll leave you in the dark on that one. I want to see how the next month goes before I start doing anything too nuts. After that I’m checking reason on the door. After all, I am being smart about Chicago, right?!
Do you have any secret race plans that you’re not sharing yet?
Have you done a triathlon? Any tips on the mass swim?
What’s your goal race for this summer or fall?