If you’ve been reading my blog for a while (I’m sorry) you already know about my stupid ankle injury that’s preventing me from running. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what the status of my injury is so I figured it was time to do a post about it.
As of right now, nothing has changed regarding my ankle. The chipped extra bone is still in there preventing me from really running. The good news is, I can feel that the swelling in my tendons that surround this little bone has gone down. My new job has much better insurance so hopefully I can get the surgery and begin the road to recovery at some point in the next year. So how am I feeling about all this five months later?
I feel OK. I definitely don’t feel as in shape as I was when I was running 25+ miles a week. Despite the fact that I workout everyday, I can tell I’ve lost some muscle but my ankle in general feels a lot better. I have been able to run about one time a week for 3-4 miles and feel fine as long as I am adamant about icing.
This one’s a bit tougher. There are days I forget that I’m not allowed to run. When I have a great class or workout all seems right with the world. On days when I’m extremely frustrated and stressed, nothing I do seems to release that anxiety quite like running does for me. For the most part I’ve felt OK with the whole non-running thing. Running makes me happy so it’s hard to be quite as jolly when I can’t do something I love. At this point though, I’m so far out from distance running that the love has sadly sort of faded. (Running 15 miles doesn’t have quite the appeal it did a few months ago…) When I’m in the company of fellow runners or read race-recaps however, jealously is still fuming all up in this joint.
Well, I figured since I can run a few miles 1-2 times a week I might as well sign up for a 5K. I couldn’t resist signing up for the Great Lakes ZOOMA 5k since all my buddies are doing the half-marathon I obviously need to tag along for the fun. Right now, I’m building myself up to be able to do two interval workouts a week. I did one last week, one last night and my plan is to do two next week depending on how I feel. I really want to see how fast I can push myself for a 5K in the next month.
Don’t worry, if I’m in pain I’ll obviously back off and make this a fun run, but for now my mind is set on speed-work. Dr. Chin did give me the OK to run every once in a while so If I can’t run distance I might as well try and run fast. Well fast for me that is…
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
What goal are you working towards right now?
PS. My NYC blogging girlfriend Joanne made a really awesome comment on my post yesterday I thought I would share “The way I see it is that being a runner is a state of mind, not just an activity. SO you can totally be a runner even if you can’t run. ” Tru dat girlfriend, tru dat.