Thursday, May 23, 2013

I can...walk?!

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...

Remember this?
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?

18 comments:

Rick Stiles said...

Yay! Good news for a change! You'll been great at following doctor's orders AND at finding ways of maintaining fitness. AND you fell in love with a new activity. I'd say things are looking up! Once you are cleared to run, you still may have limits on how much you can do, but given your overall fitness I think you can be ready for a long race pretty fast. Keep up the awesome work!

Christine Edmond said...

I decided to skip Chicago for the same reason. Risking injury for one race is definitely not worth it. The goal is to be able to run for as long as possible injury free, which means building up slowly. A winter race sounds pefect and Ive heard good things about both of those. With a good base and Mary's training you will rock either of those races with a huge PR.

Kristen :) said...

I'm glad you got the good news that you can ease yourself back into running! I know letting go of a big race due to injury is hard - that happened to me last year with the St. Jude Marathon. But you're wise for doing it!!

xiomara @ Parkesdale said...

I've done a couple of sprint tris. They are so much fun. Am glad the swim is first, because I'm not a great swimmer, so I get it out of the way. My advise would be to stay to the outside near the buoys. That's what I've always done and it seems to work for me. :)

Kristin @ A Mom on the Run said...

I'm glad to hear that you got mostly good news -- I hope the walking goes well and that you're back to running soon!

My big goal race is Space Coast - I'm running my first marathon there.. eek! No secret surprise races for me!

Kat @ Sneakers and Fingerpaints said...

Yay for the good news! I have no secret races, just yet lol....but so excited for you!

Kristen S. said...

Soo glad to hear things are healing but i am sorry about Chicago
. I know u really wanted to run that race. But! U will find another one thats right for u! Ill continue to hope for good healing and good news for u!!

T-Rex Runner said...

Jacksonville Bank is a great race - almost entirely in the shade and it's currently my PR! Hoping to break it soon. I hope you're back to running next month!!

Jessica B. said...

I think you are being extremely smart. I hope your secret idea is to do the half distance are Rev3 because if that's the case then I'm with you! ;-)

Amy @ A Glimpse of the Gouglers said...

Walking in one step closer to running! Not the best news you wanted to hear but good news nonetheless! I think you should enter the pool for the Houston marathon and train to run in Houston come January! I can think of a place that you could stay for free if that sways you :)

Karen said...

Happy to hear your good news! Walking is definitely a step in the right direction. :)

I'm glad you're being smart and skipping Chicago. If you are into travel and December feels too early, there's a pretty marathon the middle of January in Redding, CA. It seems like a nice course, I might run it this year.

Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

That is so frustrating, even if it is good news. It's crazy how long stress fractures take to heal!! I've been cutting way back on the running because my shin has been feeling stressed lately, but I'm wondering if I should cut it out completely for a bit, just to be safe... it's tough to know when it's serious, and when it isn't!

Curly Pink Runner said...

YAY for good news!! SO happy for you!! :)

Jen B said...

Glad you can walk! Walking 7-10 miles/day would take FOREVER! Sorry about Chicago, but you're right its not worth another injury

Stephanie said...

Bummer news about not being able to run! But I'm going to selfishly say "Yay, you can come swim with me more now!!" :-) Hope to see you at the pool soon:-) I'm thinking about Top Gun too and if I know what your crazy idea is, you should race with me in November!;-)

Andrea Speedie said...

My first tri was last weekend. I placed second in my age group in the Fort Desoto sprint. Highly recommend that race. If you don't already run on the beach, run it when you get cleared, since the first 1.5-1.75 miles are on the sand. No official pic yet, but you can check out my race report here: GoSpeedieGo.com.

PS I registered for the Olympic distance FD3 tri in August. Maybe I'll see ya there.

Beka said...

You're on the up! I know you've been doing a lot to keep your fitness since you found out - your mileage may come back to you a lot more quickly than you think.
Sounds like the tri's are going to help you along quite nicely! I don't have any race secrets yet. After MCM and how it/training cycle turns out - we'll see! ;)

Rachel said...

I'm so glad that you are on the up and up!! Tris are so awesome for cross training and becoming a stronger runner!! There's a half in Birmingham in November.. come run it!