Now last post I did before my hiatus, I'd recently completed a half marathon, so you may be wondering where my running has taken me since. Well to be honest, it hasn't really taken me anywhere. I guess that is a bit of a lie - let me back up. On October 26, I ran my first 10k. It was definitely a success in my book! I had an official time of 49:52 and got first in my age group. Oh and I got the coolest medal ever. Yes, EVER.
So anyway, the moment I stopped running after crossing the finish line, something happened in my feet, and I literally couldn't walk. I stumbled forward, and after a few minutes, I found myself limping on. I scheduled an appointment with the doctor on campus for the beginning of the next week, and she said it was either a foot fracture or planter fascitis. Either way, she ordered me to stay off my feet for at least two weeks. I've never been very good at following doctor's orders, but I didn't want to mess up my feet for life and never be able to run again. So I put my running shoes aside and gave running a break.
My left foot healed right away, but even after two weeks, my right foot really hadn't improved. So I gave it some more time. After a month, it had improved quite a bit, so I decided to see if it was fully healed by doing a trial run. I thought that it was better, but the next day, I realized I had made it worse again by running on it. So, back to the drawing board. I didn't run on it again until about a week and a half ago, but I'm happy to report that it is finally healed. Unfortunately, I had my wisdom teeth removed about a week ago so I've only been able to run once since, but now that I'm almost fully healed, I'm getting back to the roads.
I'm going to have to be careful, of course, that I don't get back into it too quickly and hurt my foot again. Especially since I have another half marathon in about a month. Yep, a half marathon when I, essentially, haven't run for the past two months. I am so out of shape (even the 2.5 miles I did a week and a half ago were a challenge - though I did do about six miles last Friday and they felt amazing), but I'm not one to back out of something once I've committed. Even if it means crawling across the finish line, I'm going to do it and I'm going to finish.
And now, I'm curious... What do you think this is a picture of?
In case I don't get a chance to post again before Wednesday, I hope you all have a truly wonderful Christmas and get to spend it with people you love!!
Have you ever experienced a set-back in running or other kind of fitness activity?
I'd really love to hear your guesses about the green blob above!