A few weeks ago I wrote a blog article about why I was running the LA Marathon. At that moment my biggest fear was running an upcoming 20-mile run. A week ago my biggest fear was not being able to run the marathon at all!
So let’s rewind a couple of weeks. The good news – I got through that 20-mile run! There were moments of pure exhilaration, the feeling of being able to do anything mixed in with moments of pain, of doubt and with the wind in our faces the last 5 miles, cold and exhaustion. It’s amazing how all the pain and doubt slips away at the end of completing something so daunting and as sore and tired as I was I also felt pretty amazing. With the exception of a few blisters, I was feeling pretty confident about running a marathon and then I woke up the next morning and I could barely walk on my left foot. I must have really been running on a huge amount of adrenal the day before!
With 3 weeks left until race day, I was certain I had just an ankle strain and rest, ice and some stretching would help. Sure I would have to take a few days off but I could cycle or do the elliptical and all would be good. After a week of self-diagnoses – thank you google – I went from strain to sprain, to some sort of tendon thing to OMG, a stress fracture? I am rethinking the use of google when faced with an injury or illness. 🙂 I decided a visit to the orthopedist was probably my best chance of having a chance. I was diagnosed with peroneal tendonitis, a not so common injury mostly like due to overuse. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and physical therapy were the prescriptions with no promises of being able to run the LA marathon in 14 days but not ruling it out either. When there is a little hope, you got to take it run with it!. 🙂
I call my physical therapist the miracle worker! A week ago I could not run at all – it wasn’t just the pain, the motion of running wasn’t possible because of the pull of the tendon. I couldn’t even raise up on my left ankle. I listened to everything she told me, I did the stretches and exercises, became a big fan of the foam roller and as much as I wanted to try running – I held back! I wasn’t going to risk a step backward and heck I was starting to feel better!
A couple of days ago she put me on the antigravity treadmill and I ran for 10 minutes. OMG, it felt so good and the first sign that maybe, just maybe running a marathon this Sunday was going to happen. The last couple days I have no pain or pulling, I am walking and running (just a little bit) with confidence and pain-free!
What am I doing this weekend? Well if the next few days go as well as the last couple, I am running a marathon! My ankle is taped up with kinesiology tape, I am stretching and rolling and have one more session of physical therapy on Friday.
When I committed to running the Los Angeles and New York marathons in 2018 my goal was to finish. A week ago it wasn’t looking so good that I would run and sure that would have been a total bummer especially with all the work I put in. But we don’t always meet our goals. Sometimes life has a different plan for us.
I am not sure how the marathon is going to look for me. I haven’t run in 3 weeks – talk about tapering!! I am almost certain there will be moments of self-doubt and pain – 26 miles is a long way! BUT my plan is to smile along the way, to gain energy from the runners around me, and to enjoy running through my favorite city, Los Angeles! How cool to start at Dodger Stadium and end at the Santa Monica Pier and I’ll have my family watching and cheering me on! Just getting to that starting line will be awesome – the rest is just icing on the cake.