I know, I know. You have been wondering where I have been and what has been going on, sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for another eximplary post from me. Well, wait no longer because here it is:
So I last left you at the point of my taper and getting ready for the Kansas City Half Marathon. I was very happy with the race and completed it under my goal time. I ran the entire Half in 1:52:09 which is a 8:34/mile pace. I will gladly take that for my first half. The course was good. There are a couple of pretty killer hills with one hill that seemed to last for 5 miles. I didn’t experience any problems until mile 11 where I began to hit the wall. There was a band on the corner playing Springsteen’s Born to Run. That pumped me up quite a bit. My feet held up pretty good until the last mile but I was able to push past the pain and haul it in.
I couldn’t walk normally or where tight shoes for about two days. The tendons on the outside of my left foot were pretty painful but that went away in 2-3 days. What didn’t go away was the pain in my Achilles Tendon. As you know that has been there for a little while and still hasn’t gone away. It isn’t extremely painful, kind of dull and always there but enough to keep me from running. After about 2 1/2 months of this I finally went to the Dr. to have it checked out. She wasn’t sure it was straightforward tendinitis and thinks there is possibly some bone bruising. I am going to blame this on my attempt to push myself too far in the Five Fingers. (they may do well for some people but I don’t think I am cut out for them) So she has put me in a walking boot for two weeks to help stablize it so it will heel faster. I see her again in two weeks to see if I have made any progress. Fortunately she said we can work treatment in conjunction with my goal of running another Half in the spring and a Full in the fall. So for the time being I am cleared to cycle but not to run.
Which leads me to the 2nd reason I have not been on here much. My second child was born in the end of October and we all no how a newborn affects your schedule. So for the time being I will be taking it easy, hopefully getting in a ride when I can. Maybe my mid-December I can start hitting the run again. It is amazing how much you miss it when you have been doing it regularly. If you would have asked me last year I don’t know if I would have gone back. Anyone else missing the run?