Thursday, September 18, 2014

I ran today and I have a dilemma!

Yep, I sure did. For the first time in almost 6 weeks, I went for a run.
In case you are new here and don't know, I tore my peroneal tendon a couple months ago. I am supposed to wear my boot for 6 weeks, and then in the middle of October, go back to the ortho and possibly schedule surgery to repair it.

However, for the last 2 weeks, I have had no pain at all. I just woke up one day and all the pain and soreness was gone.
 So today I decided to 'test' it out, and go for a run. Pretty sure that was the best run I've ever been on. I may have shed a few tears when it was over too. My ankle didn't hurt one time.

Here's my dilemma: I am scheduled to run the Air Force Marathon Saturday. I'm sure you guys know how BADLY I've been wanting to do this.

Right now, I feel like I can do it. No, I haven't been able to train. My last long run was 12 miles, 2 months ago. But this also isn't my first marathon, it's #5. (Not that that makes training any less important)

My Dr is supposed to be calling me back, I definitely want his opinion too.

Even if it takes me 7 hours, even if I DNF, I still want to do it!

I'll still be there either way. Julie is running the half, so we're leaving for Dayton tomorrow afternoon. It's just a question of am I just going to cheer her on, or will I run too?

What would you do? Am I being stupid and I need to let it go, or should I just take the chance?
katie

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  1. Hmm...
    I say play it safe and be an awesome cheerleader so you can be a fully healed and good-as-new runner for the next one. You know how much recovery has already sucked and you ARE healing so at this point you are taking the risk of putting yourself back where you were. Ugh...definite dilemma but you probably already know what the answer is ☺

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    1. I definitely don't want to make it worse and go through this recovery again. Thanks for the advice Michelle!

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  2. Oh goodness you and I are so much alike. Now the responsible mother like figure would say to you "no-no-no, let it heal" but the runner in us both is like "Um, the risk and pain is more likely to be worth it." My suggestion would be to work this out with your doctor, is it too late to switch to the half? This is totally up to you, whatever route you go with I will support you either way. Keep your chin up!

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    1. Lol! My thoughts exactly.
      Yes, it's too late to switch to the half, unfortunately. Thanks chica!!

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  3. I want you to be safe! I just ran a half marathon untrained and I am super, super sore! I could hardly move the day afterwards! I had a really hard time... but I know that everyone is different! I'm glad I only had 13.1 miles to do! I know I couldn't have gone on another step beyond that since I was untrained. I know you'll play it safe if you do decide to do the thing! Just take it one mile at a time, walk when you need to, and know that God will be with you! Or if you decide to cheer on your friend, that will be an amazing experience, too! :) I love running knowing that I have family/friends there to cheer me on! Just please be safe! I don't want you to permanently injure yourself! Pray! Pray! Pray!

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    1. If I decide to do it, I will definitely take it slow and walk when I need to. I'll have no shame in finishing in 7 hours. (Ok, maybe a little) I'll be doing lots of praying too! ♥
      Btw, congrats on your half!!

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  4. Part of me says NO, don't do that to your body. Part of me says heck, you have to have surgery anyway. Do what you love!! I don't know honey. I want to say do whats in your heart, but that's not always the best! No matter what you decide, I love ya! :)

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    1. I thought about that too, if I have to have surgery anyway, then why not?? Aughhh! Thanks for loving me and supporting me no matter what! ♥

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  5. Okay first, YAY!!! But second...that is a huge dilemma and I would be feeling the same way if I were you. I know it's easy to say, "Wow, everything feels fine now, must be all better!" I have totally done that, but I've never been told by a doctor that the injury was so bad it wouldn't go away on its own and I'd need surgery :/ That part would really scare me and as much as it would KILL me not to run, I'd probably sit this one out. A marathon is a lot farther than five miles - even when you're healthy and well-trained! I think you could definitely make it through the race if you really wanted to, but I don't know that one race is worth risking your running career. Definitely supporting you either way, just hope whatever you decide leaves you in a good place once the race is over :)

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    1. I need to just realize there will be other marathons. I would be so mad at myself if I was never able to run again because of this. Not worth it. Thank you for your thoughts Tracy! :)

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  6. We'll I'm glad you were able to get out for a run, that's really awesome...but...a marathon? If you want to be able to go for another run anytime soon, a marathon is just not a good idea. You're asking for trouble doing that. Sorry to be a downer, but the goal should just be to be able to run, not running 26.2

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    1. I know you're right Mike, and I really trust your opinion. Thank you!

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  7. I'd talk to you doctor, personally I'd lean toward playing it safe.

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  8. oh i don't know! thats so awesome that your ankle didnt hurt, but i dont know if i'd risk a marathon! ask yourself if it would be worth it - if you injured yourself even further, would that marathon have been worth it?

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    1. The answer is probably no. I don't think it would be worth it!

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  9. Tough one! Since I too just started back running after months of asthma/bronchitis/steroids issues and then sciatic pain....I KNOW how happy you are to be running again! I do have to say that I ran the NYC marathon a few years ago, one week after breaking a toe and I DID suffer the consequences. I ended up in a boot cast up to my knee for 4 months...for a STUPID TOE!! Of course, your situation is different, but still, I think maybe I would lean toward playing it safe also.

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    1. Wow, I can't believe you went through all that for a broken toe! I think you're right, it is best to play it safe.

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  10. That is awesome that the pain has gone and you were able to do a run. But I would have to agree with all the other comments. I would have to say not to run it. A marathon is already hard on a healthy body, so even walking the distance would be hard on an injury. I am no doctor and only you know what your body can do though.

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  11. Listen, I know you want to run so bad, but you really need to play this safe. You want to be able for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, not just the right now. Give it the proper rest it needs. You are taking a HUGE risk running this marathon. 5 miles is one thing, 26 miles is another. There will be plenty of other races, you can try again next year! Please please think twice about doing this!

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