Obviously there are far, far worse problems in the world. I could be seriously injured. My family could be sick. I could lose my job, so on and so on.
But it's a lesson for the kids out there: No, not everything is possible no matter how badly you want it.
Are those ... cheeseburgers? I have no idea.
I've already had cortisone shots, physical therapy, the ASTYM treatment and dry needling. I've worn the boot, I've used a golf ball, I've stretched, I've iced, I've even heated.
My only options left for a cure are: lose weight and surgery. Surgery is not a final cure. It could always come back. Losing weight is definitely an option, but I've done the numbers, I've tried to figure out how much I can lose before Oct/Nov. when training will get tough. Unless I starve myself, it just won't work.
I am taking a few days off to see if it will resolve itself. But I've been down this road several times and it won't. It might get better, but once I get back on the road it will be back.
I've had two people give me a mini-intervention. Rich, of course, has always been supportive. He never lets me down and will give me an honest answer. He says, however, it's time to re-evaluate my goals and to never lose sight that I did actually run a half-marathon before. I'm so focused on my bad time for that race, he says I need to move on. He's right.
Only Judge Judy cares about your time.
My super good friend who is also a trainer told me it's time to "let it go." She says running is not for everyone and even losing weight won't guarantee there won't be a PF problem. The thing that stuck out the most of what all she told me was - the longer I'm taking to constantly rehab is the longer I'm wasting the time I could be doing something else. Again, she's absolutely right.
She gets paid to train people so she knows what she's talking about. But it's hard to let go of this racing season. I had two half marathons planned. I could still walk them, but first, I have to get the foot on board. Do you think my foot is trying to tell me to drop it like a hot potato and never look back? :)
You said it Lena Dunham!
* My stress load has been lifted - While I have enjoyed my hours of research, base-building, Bob Harper workouts, 5 a.m. wakeup calls, it has been a tad on the stressful side. This time has been fun, no doubt, and a good confidence booster. But let's face it, following a training plan is a chore. So now, no more of a rigid schedule.
* I get to sleep in - well ok, this has actually not been a big problem for me. I was able to wake up and get moving. I still have to wake up anyway to make us a proper breakfast now that E is going to big kid school.
* I can get back to yoga and weight workouts. I was pretty focused on running and I wasn't sure I'd have the dedication and time to do other types of activities. Not a problem now!
* Don't have to buy another pair of $130 shoes.
* Don't have to fight the heat OR cold. This is actually a really good positive because both are brutal and yay, I'll stay in my cool/warm bed.
No more runs in the humidity!
Dacia, I still want to meet up with you the weekend of the race!! E is talking about running a race so we may register her for the kid run. I know a few other people running in the race so I will have a good time spectating.
"Move along kids..."
How have you handled injuries? Do you focus on something else or make new goals?
This turtle is faster than me. Watch how fast he runs down the hill.