How to Overcome the Highs and Lows of Training

The last few weeks have been full ones. Lots of highs and a few lows.

A few big life changes. A vacation. An injury.

Then lots of rest…hoping the “injury” was really just an irritation that would resolve itself in a few days and go away on its own.

It didn’t.

So, I found myself here, in a wonderful podiatrist’s office.

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Good advice, right?

After an X-ray, an exam that included poking and moving my foot around to determine if my pain was Achille’s tendon-related, Dr. Mark pulled out the ultrasound. After having two kids, it’s bizarre to have someone get that out and stick it on your foot.

The prognosis? A torn perineal brevis tendon, more minimal than the Achilles. Rehab for four weeks, plus topical anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and this bad boy….

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Not my idea of a cute shoe, but at least it’s only for a half-hour on each side in the evening.

All right, so all of this probably appears to spell “you’re crazy to keep going and run the marathon.”

On the contrary; I know when it comes to marathon training, you have to overcome a lot of highs and lows.

There are going to be crummy weather conditions while you prepare for the marathon.

Run anyway.

Life is going to throw all kinds of crazy curve balls at you that threaten to eat up your training time.

Run anyway.

Your body will likely be sore, overtired, overused and slightly broken during or after the marathon.

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Take the advice of a doctor, but keep going.

I’ve been banned from running on pavement, but cleared for the elliptical machine and encouraged to get back to weight training. So, there’s my silver lining.

I’m not stuck on a couch rendered helpless. I can still prepare even if my Boston Marathon run isn’t my best time.

In short, if you’re trying to figure out how to overcome the highs and lows of training, just decide.

Then, let  your feet do the rest.

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