So since I last posted I have put in probably 4 more hours in the pool, including 2 today. I am water-logged and sore but hoping that I am maintaining some sort of fitness.
Today I did a 2 hour run in the pool. I started off with a 5 minute warm-up. After that I moved onto intervals. Intervals are important in the water in order to keep your heart rate up so I did about 11-5 minute intervals of hard jogging with 1 minute rests in between. Then it was bathroom break time in which I had to pretty much block my lane so people wouldn't hop in. I came back and did 52 minutes of steady running for a total of right around 2 hours. I was shooting for 2-1/2 hours, but my arms were starting to get sore so I called it quits at 2 hours. I really wouldn't mind nice arms so even if I don't maintain fitness as well as I am hoping, at least my arms will benefit.
After my workout and after Friday's workout, I noticed my achillles was sore on my left foot. It wasn't a terrible pain, but I could feel a nagging pain. I am not taking an Ibuprofen and am not feeling pain while in the pool so I can't imagine I am aggravating my injury while I am running. The only thing I can think of is when I get out, my calves are tight, so maybe that is why my achilles is sore. I took a warm bath tonight and the pain was gone almost instantly, so I felt some relief and was able to cook dinner.
I was talking to my husband about my upcoming marathon/half marathon. I know, based on the pain I was feeling today, that I am going to be at a minimum of 3 weeks off total now instead of the 2 I was hoping for. And that 3 may turn into 4 if I am not feeling relief next week. I keep wondering, how long can I go without killing my chances of finishing the marathon? I am absolutely physically fit right now and feel I can run a marathon at any given time as long as I am not injured, but who knows if I can maintain my shape while not running. I don't want to rush back into running because I do want to try and qualify for Boston next year, but I really don't want to walk the Goofy Challenge. Being injured is so frustrating and so mentally challenging. Thank goodness for no time goals I guess. :)
On Tuesday, I found out that my daughters' dance recital is now a week later than they had originally stated it would be. I was so excited to hear this as my husband and I really want to do the Vermont City Marathon again next year and couldn't because of the recital. So I called my husband on the way home full of excitement and he of course was extremely happy. Not even 2 hours later and I got the email that registration was open for the Vermont City Marathon, I was literally dancing. I love love love Burlington, Vermont and can't wait to run that marathon again. So yes, I did get some good news this week.