Good morning! I’m writing to you from Midway Airport. I apologize for this post being late but I assumed Midway (like 99% of all airports) had wifi. No such luck so I’m stuck with blogging without the Internet-which doesn’t really work now does it?
As I mentioned yesterday, I had my follow up appointment at the Running Institute. Eventhough I hate the outcome, I straight up love that place. This time I was there for about 1.5 hours and I had two doctors work with me. Pretty awesome right?
What’s not so awesome is what they said. Basically, my bone chip isn’t any better and the inflammation around it isn’t any better either. Dr. Chin prescribed another 2 weeks off of running. I explained to him about the Women’s Half Marathon and how I was in the ad and most importantly how I would feel like a jerk if I didn’t run it. Especially being coined as “The Rookie” and being the only one who has yet to run a half and whoopsies I didn’t run this one either!
After arguring, Dr. Chin said I had 2 options.
- Get cortisone or laser treatments that is considered a ‘band-aid’ type fix but the pain will come back since I didn’t let the injury properly heel.
- Let it heal and take care of myself.
I was intrigued by the first option until he told me that if I do this band-aide type fix the pain will come back and the extra bone will most likely dislodge and float around in the ole ankle. Which would 100% result in surgical removal. AKA it would be my fault because I didn’t follow directions. I really don’t want surgery.
After talking some more, the two doctors had me walk, lunge, run and everything else in between and noticed how I overcorrect on my right side. Over correcting with my bone issue is most likely causing my tendons to stretch to the right side making it even worse. Dr. Chin used a very high-tech strategy and cut a piece of felt and taped it underneath my insole. He then had me walk, lunge and run some more and defitintely saw an improvement with the added support.
So what now? We are doing an ‘experiment.” I was told to run 1.5 miles last night, with a 1 minute walking break inbetween. Ice, and cross-train on Wednesday and repeat the 1.5 mile run on Thursday. Depending on how it feels, Dr. Chin will either let me run 2 miles twice next week or come in for laser treatment as he thinks with the extra support, rest, icing it could actually start to heal.
Overall, it looks like the Chicago marathon is not my 2012 race calendar anymore. I’m hoping the Chicago Women’s Half is but he told me not to have my heart absolutely set on it.
So basically, this all sucks. I’m mad/frustrated/upset/devastated. Bad timing no? But as a runner, I have to remember injuries happen. A lot, and to everyone. It doesn’t mean I’m no longer a runner, it just means that I need to spend some time to take care of myself. I’m gonna listen to the Doc on this one!
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!