If you had told me I’d be thrilled to run for 30 minutes two weeks ago, I’d have said you’re nuts. After all, I was supposed to run 18 miles this weekend (according to my training plan). But when achilles/ankle issues present themselves, it’s the small victories that begin to matter most.
In deciding to run a marathon, it never even occurred to me that I might develop an overuse injury. I consider myself very capable of endurance activities. And despite occasional issues with my left ankle or hamstring, I’m generally an injury-free girl. Lots of Googling has taught me overuse injuries are very common among marathon trainers.
After putting running on the back burner and swimming about 18k yards this week, I decided to give it a go with runs this morning. I laced up my newest pair of my trusted Asics running shoes and told myself I could run no longer than 30 minutes. I had no pain or awkward feeling in my ankle! Maybe all of my icing, foam rolling and stretching is paying off…
Once I got into the NYC marathon and decided I really wanted to enjoy the experience, I slowed my original first-marathon goal of 3:40 to to the 3:45-3:50 range. Now though, I just want to complete the race. I might lack the extreme competitive nature than my brother and sister possess as triathletes, but I don’t lack determination or drive. I can’t stand the thought of not doing something I set out to do.
Please excuse me while I jump into my first-ever waist-down ice bath. I’ve been told to bundle up and distract myself, so I’ve got a sweatshirt on and my new Food&Wine magazine in hand!