I finally made my podiatrist appointment. I am extremely scared to go to this doctor appointment as I don't want a doctor to tell me I shouldn't be running, but I don't want to make the situation worse.....So I am going to the doctor on Thursday.
I went to this doctor two years ago after my first marathon when I had a bad case of plantar faciitis. She was awesome in getting me back to running pretty quickly, but was also honest with me in my capabilities. I am proud of myself that I can go into her office on Thursday and tell her that I haven't ran in almost 4 weeks. The pain is basically gone in my tendon. I feel GREAT! The problem is, I am very scared to start running too soon and to be back where I started and the past 3 weeks of no running will have been for nothing. I want her to tell me that I shouldn't run the 5k on my birthday but that I should be fine for the marathon in January as long as I take it easy like I have. My biggest fear right now is that I have been putting hours into the pool like I have and I won't be able to run another marathon until May. I literally will be heart broken, but I need to do what is best for my legs if I ever want to run that stupid race that our city hosts every April.
Yesterday I did complete my 3 hour pool run. That was torture. The run itself was hard but not terrible. It was the monotony that killed me. I ended up doing 3 pool workouts. I did a ladder up and down from 1 minute to 5 minutes of hard running with 1 minute rest in between. Then I did 5 minutes of hard 8 times with 1 minute rest in between followed by 10x45 seconds hard with 15 seconds in between. And FINALLY I finished with 65 minutes of steady running. I did some warm up and cool downs for all my workouts for a total of 3 hours exactly. Once I got out of the pool I was a wobbly mess. :) The rest of the day was a blur as I had a huge headache from I am guessing dehydration and exhaustion. Luckily, after dinner my husband took the kids and I went to bed and I woke up this morning much more refreshed.
So yes, 3 weeks of no running is now complete. I am hoping on Friday I can report to you all that there is an end in sight for this hiatus, but we will soon see. Have a good week!