Sometimes I do the right thing. Sometimes I let my brain win out over my body. Sometimes, when my wonky legs start talking, I actually listen.
Today marks one week without running. Self-imposed exile to hopefully stop some slowly building ankle pain from reaching full crescendo. Thanks to the comments from my last post regarding my shin/ankle issues, I removed my head from my rear and shut things down. I’m 6 months out from my next marathon, so doing something stupid now that would continue to bother me for the next 6 months would be foolish. Fairly typical for me, but foolish nonetheless.
I can’t really tell if the time off has helped or not. The ankle still feels a little ‘off’, but not especially painful. I don’t know that ‘rest’ is exactly the right term for it, since I spent countless hours hauling 25 cubic yards of mulch all over the place trying to make our yard presentable. More accurately, 25 cubic yards of mulch were delivered. I think I managed to get through about 15 this weekend. I’m trying to do a true rest-day today, staying off my feet as much as possible. Tentative plan is to try a short run tomorrow morning and see what happens. I’m itching to get back to running, but dreading the possibility of no progress in the healing once I really test it out.
As a fun activity to pass the time while not running, my body decided to focus its efforts Thursday on moving a kidney stone from inside my body to the outside world. Fly … be free. This is the fourth fun-filled episode of kidney stones I’ve dealt with, but the first in nearly 7 years. Made for a long day, but thankfully I birthed that little bugger Thursday night, so the pain didn’t linger beyond the 10ish hours on Thursday. Called my doctor in the midst of the stone-party to schedule an appointment, and they were kind enough to fit me into the schedule 8 days later. Where’s the love? Went to see a different doctor on Friday, and the xray didn’t show any more lurking in my kidney, so I think I’m safe for a little while. Ahh … the wonders of the human body as we get older. A fine wine I am not.
Weather in NC is crazy beautiful today. If the run goes well tomorrow I’m looking forward to some sunny, cool, early morning Spring runs. Much love.
Couldn’t close this out without a mention of the 100+ treadmill miles in 24 hours that Emz threw down in her charity run for the Sojourner Center on Friday/Saturday. You can still donate to the cause HERE, and I hope you will. Such a good cause …. Such a good person.