After last week's running 'incident' where I injured my right foot (Bike Ride Injured My Foot) I came to this realization: it's time to take running seriously. More correctly, I have to take better care of myself if I want to continue to run. The stress fracture that I suffered as a result of carelessness was totally avoidable. I wanted to put in a tempo run before going bike riding. Oops...not 30 years old any more.
I'd been doing speed work at the local track over the past few months so I figured an intense workout on the short 2 km run up to Brad's place would be OK. Unfortunately I broke (bad pun) the cardinal rule of training: I didn't adjust for the change in surface. At the track it's a hard earth surface. Much easier on the feet and legs. The 2 km to Brad was cement side walk. Not so good for feet and legs. And unfortunately as I have now experienced with this stress fracture not so good for me. "If only I had listened to Sally and taken the truck".
Through all of this Sally has been gracious and hasn't said "I told you so". I know she's thinking it though. But she has been super supportive. She took me to get my walking cast last Wednesday morning and in a moment of madness even offered to drive me to work so I wouldn't have to endure the challenges of the TTC. And she continually reminds me that this is serious and needs complete recovery before I get back to running. She sent me this great, in-depth article: Stress Fractures of the Foot.
But after 30 years of running nearly every day in all conditions and through every ache and pain (and injury), having to wear 'The Boot' has been a blessing. Truth be told, I feel relieved! Don't get me wrong, I love running but I also like swimming and cycling. This injury has 'given me permission' to transition to a more rounded physical regimen respecting the fact that I can't keep 'pounding the pavement' with the same single-minded intensity. With this injury biking will have to wait until next spring but the pool beckons. And get this, not just with swimming lengths, but with 'water running'. I had my first experience last Sunday and loved it all. For a primer on running in the pool, take a look at the video below from Olympian Carrie Tollefson who I met at Reggae Marathon a couple of years ago. (Check out her train tips here at: Mental Toughness) I tried it, I liked it... it is one heck of a workout with virtually no stress on the knees or feet. "I'll be back!"
The immediate goal now is to stay in shape while recovering fully so that I can handle the Reggae Marathon 10K December 1 in Negril.
So today is not the day I no longer run but it is the day that I don't run every day.
Until next time...