|I'll be back Dec 1, 2012|
"The sharp pain in my right foot every I take a step, that's what". Last week on my way to a bike ride with my friend Brad I 'did something' to my right foot...again! (Read about it: Took a Ride on the Giant...and Injured my Foot). Not my left foot, never my left foot. Not my knees or hips. My right foot, my Achilles Heel. Bad pun I know but I'm in a walk-in clinic watching Willie Wonka on the Saturday morning of a long weekend...the last one of the summer! At least I listened to Sally this time and went to see a Doctor rather than my usual self medication routine. And it only took me 4 days to get medical treatment this time.
The real fear running through my head watching Johnny Depp was that after the past 3 years of right foot-related injuries my running days were coming to an end!
"Say it ain't so".
Miles and Age are conspiring against me, I know they are. 'MileAge' likes the Before guy with the size 42" waist and is determined to see him return. You see, 'MileAge' likes salty snacks and beer. He likes a sedentary lifestyle. 'MileAge' does NOT like running. He would love the Doctor to tell me that it will take 4 - 6 weeks to recover from this injury whether it is a muscle/tendon strain or a broken bone.
And that's just what the Doctor ordered when I finally got to see him that morning. He didn't think I had broken any bones but sent me for X-Rays anyway (Results in a few days). But the recovery prescription was the same: no running for 4 to 6 weeks. Dam, that puts the Toronto 1/2 Marathon and 2012 Fund Raising in serious jeopardy. Not to mention the goal of finishing the 1/2 Marathon in under 2 hours. Time to re-group.
Water Running. Wait, did the Willie Wonka movie screw up my mental capacity? Actually not. Dan Cumming of Reggae Marathon Fame is a seasoned runner, author, blogger (Running in the Zone) and good friend and his first advice was to try water running. Hmmm...we have a pool in our building, this is a good time to give it a try. Maybe the local municipal pool will have a big-screen TV playing Rocky Horror Picture Show...or Willie Wonka!
So all is not lost. No road running for a few weeks to recover fully. Water running to stay race-ready for both the Toronto 1/2 Marathon in October and the Reggae Marathon 10 K in December. Yes, I may have to spend the next few months in a pool wearing a flotation belt but this is not the day I no longer run!
Until next time...
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