A Big Scare & A SUPER STAR!!!

A Big Scare & A SUPER STAR!!!

Thursday night when I went to bed my right foot felt a little off.  There was a certain twinge when I stepped down on the side of my ankle. I had planned to run 17 miles Friday morning but decided to cut it back to 12 and just see how it felt.  Surprisingly enough, it didn’t hurt at all during the run but after the run and ALL day Friday it felt off every time I stepped on it.  Not good. 

Immediately my mind and body went into panic mode.  How was I going to run my Half Marathon next weekend?  How could I train for NYC like this?  Do I have plantar fascitis? Is this going to set me back for months?  There goes Boston again! And I’m sad to admit the worst of all was- why do I even continue to train if I’m just going to get knocked down by an injury?

We’ve all been there.  The injury.  The denial.  The anger.  The depression. We start googgling our symptoms because that always makes us feel better, right?  The only tiny bit of hope I had was vaguely remembering experiencing symptoms like this a few weeks before the Dallas White Rock Marathon in December, 2009.  I remember being a little panicked but my foot felt better 2 days later.

Saturday the weird ankle pain was still there so I decided not to run.  John was out of town so it was just me and the kids.  Unfortunately, I let my injury scare get the better of me and I was not the most patient and kind person to be around.  My very sweet mother-in-law asked if the kids wanted to come over and play so I had some time to myself in the afternoon which was rare.  Usually the only child-free time I have is spent running and for about one second I didn’t know what I was going to do with this surprising gift of time.  I layed down on my bed for a moment and woke up an hour and a half later.  Apparently I was tired. I woke up feeling a little better about life.

I iced my ankle and continued to keep weight off of it.  I also went on an unplanned date with my husband when he came home which was also very wonderful.  By Saturday night my foot was actually feeling a little better.  Sunday when I woke up it felt almost 100% but I decided to take another rest day from running Sunday just to be on the safe side.  I can’t remember the last time I took off two days in a row from running.  My good running buddy (who calmed me down throughout my running injury crisis mode) reminded me that an extra day off is better than an even longer setback.  She is curently recovering from a stress fracture and hasn’t run in 9 weeks.  She knows a lot about taking time off because of an injury.  I’m so very thankful for running friends who understand this crazy obsession hobby and can talk sense into me when I need to hear it.

This morning when I woke up my ankle felt completely better.  I decided to lace up for an early run.  I made it 3 miles but there was a lot of lightening outside so I decided to finish up on the treadmill.  Besides a very annoying side stitch the run went well and my ankle never bothered me.  I’m still not exactly sure what the problem was but whatever it was I’m glad it passed and my foot feels normal again.

I really need to not panic like that and think the worst when faced with a possible injury.  I am ashamed that I let it affect my mood.  Every injury is not a huge you’ll-be-out-for-months type of injury.  I can’t think about throwing in the towell and allow myself to think negative.

So switching gears…  It’s race week.  My half marathon is in 5 days and I am starting to get that anxious, nervous, exciting feeling.  I’m going to think positive race thoughts all week long.  I can do this!

And now for the SUPER STAR news… ๐Ÿ™‚

This week the Super Star for the kindergarten class is…. ROCKY!! Check him out!

I love this kindergarten tradition.  It was just three years ago when my Abi was the Super Star for the week.  Rocky is such a blessing in our lives and I hope he has an incredibly special week.  He was so excited about being the Super Star when he woke up this morning.  I brought his favorite snack to class (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut out like dinosaurs and milk).  Then I read his favorite book- Wolf’s Coming! He also got to dress up in a costume of his choice. 

We had a pirate theme going...

His Super Star visit was definitely the highlight of my day.  What a great way to start off the week!  Now I just need to stay positive as I prepare for this weekend.  I have put in the training.  It’s time to have fun and run FAST!!

12 thoughts on “A Big Scare & A SUPER STAR!!!

  1. The half is in the bag- I’m so excited for you! I think the half marathon is one of my favorite distances. You’ve definitely put in the work, the time and the miles, now just trust in your amazing running ability. Like you said, think positive!
    I get the same way about injuries, and even little twinges and pains – it seems like the closer NYC gets, the more little tinges I “feel” in my body – mind tricks;-)
    Keep training smart and you will do awesome!!
    Have a great week:)

    1. Thanks Katie! I wish I could borrow some of your speed this weekend! I’m pretty sure I would not be able to PR having run 16 miles the day before like you! Lol!!

  2. I’ve gone through those “panic/depression” cycles, too. It’s been especially worse since my stress fracture. At that time, though, I didn’t take it seriously enough! I guess we just need to find that balance between “ohmigosh I’m injured and will never run again!” and “it’s nothing! I’ll just run it off…”
    I’m really glad you erred on the side of caution and even MORE glad it seems to have worked itself out.
    Can’t wait to hear about your half!! I foresee an excellent one…

    1. I think my stress fracture made me more paranoid/ cautious as well. So glad you are able to get back to doing what you love. Injuries are rough but I know we learn from them.

  3. Great picture of Rocky. He’s just glowing in that shot. It’s a nice tradition for the kids to each get their moment in the sun – makes them feel important.

  4. You did such a great job resting up and taking care of yourself. The hardest part is the not knowing. Why do we always go tho the worst case scenario? Maybe next time I have a twinge I’ll spent all day telling myself it will better in the morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy race week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Your family is so cute! Yay for Rocky too!!

    Ah yes. I’ve had the same “why bother” thoughts when injured. And for me, it’s really not “if” I’m going to get injured but “when.” Some injuries, however, you can run through, so I even try to be thankful for that! Right now, I’m battling some ITB issues (way up high in my hip… weird place) and while I can feel it, it’s not getting worse. Anyway, I’m really glad your ankle is feeling better!

  6. I hear you about the freaking out! My left foot has had a dull pain in it for months now. It never hurts when I run and sometimes hurts more than others just walking around. I took last week completely off and was expecting it to get even more dull, but not the case. It is still there and actually seems to be getting a little more intense at times especially about an hour after I run. I have a feeling it is the dreaded PF, but I’m kind of in denial about it.

    Love the little Super Star! Congrats to him!!! My oldest absolutely loves kindergarten!

    Good luck this weekend! I’m sure you will do great! I’ll be cheering you on from Missouri!!!

  7. Oh my, I’ve definitely been there with the panic over an injury that turned out to be nothing. So glad you’re feeling better! And that nap sounds heavenly. ๐Ÿ™‚ What a sweet little super star! And best of luck for the race- thinking of you this weekend!

  8. I just let out a deep breath for you…
    It is completely NORMAL to get worried when you have an injury or even something that might develop into one. You put weeks , months into getting ready for a big goal. You envision it, prepare physically and mentally & want it to be perfect. Trials produce perseverance and hope, but they are still trials! I am glad you took some time off and are feeling better. BEST wishes in your half!! I have a secret goal for you :))

    Your son has a great smile! I bet he really enjoyed all the thought you put into his special week ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the pirate stuff- arrrgh

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