I learned a hard lesson this morning….I am not invincible….
About 5 weeks ago, a week before the Old Settler’s 5K, I stress fractured my right heel bone. I ran in the Lacon 5K anyway, despite the pain. Since that day I have not run, nursing it and allowing my heel to heal. I have been itching to run for the past 5 weeks…every day I want to run…every day I have ached to run…
This past Tuesday I did a “trial run.” I ran with my friend, Julie. We did 2 miles running/walking, so I probably ran about a mile total. It felt pretty good. I loved the euphoric feeling I had when I running. My heel was a little uncomfortable afterwards, but not horrible…
This past Thursday I went back to the doctor for a follow-up appointment. She asked me all the standard questions: does it hurt, is it tender here (poking, mashing, etc), what’s the pain level, etc.? Overall, it’s healing nicely. She did recommend that I not run for another week, just to be safe. Here’s the way the conversation went down:
Dr.: “I would recommend you lay off for another week.”
Me: “So, what you’re saying is that I should not run in a 5K on Saturday?”
Dr.: “I would say no.”
Me: “Shoot, really….because I already signed up for it! Really, I can’t do it?!”
Dr.: “Well, you know your body and you know what you can and cannot handle, so ultimately it’s your decision.”
Me: “Well, just so you know I’m probably going to do it anyway, ” (giving her a hopeful smile that she won’t shoot me or throw me out of her office)
Dr.: (Laughing and rolling her eyes) “Well, just so you know I will say, ‘I told you so’ when you are back in my office next week because your heel hurts!”
Me: “OK, I’m cool with that, as long as we’re on the same page!”
So….I did it. I went to run a 5K this morning….I got up at 6:00AM and was out the door by 6:20AM to go to Peoria to run the Zoo Run.
Well, here’s where reality sits in.
I have not run in 4 weeks. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but this morning was a hard pill to swallow. I was not ready. I was out of shape and it was hard!!! It had nothing to do with my right heel; that was fine! It was the overall process of running.
(But let me say this: the course we did was HARD!!! It was more “trail running” than a course. It was a 3-mile timed lap run, which means it was the same mile, run 3 times in a row-just in a loop. I had been told that there was a hill in the course, which I was fine with, but there were probably 3-4 hills, up and down. So, really b/c we ran 3 loops it was really like 9 hills!! It was terrible! It was curvy, and downhill, uphill, around….overall, not a good course, in my opinion)!
So, I didn’t even finish it. I did 2 miles and stopped. I just quit. I could not endure those hills anymore. It wasn’t worth it to me. I did the 1st mile in 10:46, which is a horrible time for me. I can easily do it in about 10:00 and have done it several times in under 10:00. I had no interest in doing the hills a 3rd time.
So, overall, the 5K did not go well. (I blame the course)! But, I do blame myself a little bit. I guess I just assumed I could pick up running, as if I never left it. And, I couldn’t.
So, here’s what I did to wallow in my disappointment.
Will I still continue to run? Absolutely.
Will I sign up for a 5K anytime soon? Probably not.
(And, please don’t tell Paul….but my heel is hurting–MY LEFT HEEL!!!!)