What I learned from the sports doc:
(I finally made an appointment after reading something that scared me a bit about my ankle/heel issue; didn't want to be running on a 3-4 week healed calcaneus stress fracture)
- I am 5'8" ...not 5'8" 1/2 as I believed...
- I am going to start taking vitamin D (even though I started drinking a ton of milk during my last pregnancy and continue to)...In Oregon, most people are vitamin D deficient. The Dr. told me that the University of Oregon track team was tested recently and over half the team was D deficient. Vitamin D is essential for bone health. (Apparently it's hard to overdose on. A 2,000 mg tablet will be my choice. 5,000+ is overdose level.)
- I do NOT appear to have a stress fracture of the heel (halleluia!!). This is not based on Xray- just examination and use of a vibrating medical instrument he put all over my heel and ankle.
- I don't have plantar fasciitis.
- I don't have a "heel bruise"
- I might have an irritated nerve affecting my heel.
- I might have very low achilles tendinitis.
- I have no idea what the h**l was wrong with my ankle, but it seems OK now. (another Halleluia!!)
- I might have had a stress reaction or bone bruise in the calcaneus (heel).
- By "resting" on the bike for three weeks...any damage that "may" have happened to the bone would be 50-60% healed.
- I can continue to train. When I hit a certain level of pain (that only I can determine), then I should stop and do some pool running.
- If you go to the doctor and don't have any symptoms at the moment, you MIGHT feel like a moron.
Sorry, honey! You were right!!
That's where the $ went this month....
I feel much better having seen the vibration fork tool do it's test, though.
Don't worry- I wasn't planning on buying too many souvenirs =D
This week we had weather like a lamb and finishing like a lion. March in Oregon is usually a mix of rain, sun and sometimes hail or snow.
Levi picked me a daisy =D for the first time.
The middle son (Matthew) was begging to go fishing. He has been for 2 weeks. Everyday, 5 or 6 times a day, he asks if we can go.
Don't get me wrong. I like to fish a little, but we don't have any poles and it's pretty crazy trying to keep the baby from falling in and also help the older boys avoid hooking themselves or each other.
Still, he insisted.
We have made our own fake fishing poles and have 6 or 7 around the place now. It was sunny, so we headed over to Grandpa Frank's & Grandma Mary's. There is a nice little spring bubbling up in their field. The boys found their spots and put in a line (with a pine cone bobber).
It took about 3 minutes for each of them to get wet up to their waists. And THIS is why I don't take them to the river without another adult or life jackets. :)
There are some lawn ornaments there that are fun to play on. We are on a flat bed trailer here. =D
***It was high excitement when Nathan lost his first tooth from "natural loosening causes" this week.
He lost 4 teeth as a toddler because of an accident on the stairs, and has been waiting for his "grown up" teeth to come ever since. Now we have a good sign that they are on the way!!!
Total teeth missing at the moment: 5. Age:6
It rained. I didn't care.
Mental games I played:
- I can switch on my ipod at mile 10
- If something/someone really great was on that distant mountain, could I get there? Yes.
Other thoughts while running:
20.5 miles in 2:52:39 or 8:26 pace. Kinda surprising myself, since I thought I was running about 9m/m without watching my watch until the last 5. I felt rough while I was running it, but couldn't really run it much slower without altering my form, or faster without exploding. Now...the question is...what do I do for the next 3 weeks? Any suggestions? I have some ideas, but would love some insight here.
- (5 miles in) Ok my legs are shot (tired). Can I really finish this?
- There is sun at 8:30 am! I could use sunglasses...
- I have the best kids in the whole world and my terrific hubby is watching them so I can do this.
- I have NO way to know what will happen at Boston. I hope it feels better than this. It will.
- Prayers for other runners...
- If this is a train wreck I am on, Lord. Let it be YOUR train wreck.
- If I can do 20 today....what in the world should I do next weekend? What should the rest of this training look like?
- Thank you Lord, for letting me finish this, for keeping my legs and feet from falling apart.
- I took a gel (power bar chocolate with caffeine) at mile 10ish (just to do a gut check). No problems there, but I don't like the consistency. The thinner stuff is much easier for me to handle.
- No hydration during the run- coffee with stevia and milk for a pre-run fuel.
- Rehydrated with cola Nuun (thanks Jess!!) afterwards.
- Got into the unheated outdoor pool (to my waist) for 6 minutes of 45F coolness in the rain (wearing down jacket)
- Refueled with a banana, cottage cheese, and more coffee.
Here are a couple of shots from a run early in the week:
And a couple of Canada geese are nesting near the river.