See this girl?
Before a run last week.
This girl likes to run.
I was super stoked to be one of the few people lucky enough to snag an entry into the Dumbo Dare at Disneyland over Labor Day weekend this year (that sold out in RECORD time, 59 minutes!), and have probably told every single person I’ve known about how excited I am to have the chance to get my first Coast to Coast medal. A friend recently asked me what my training plan would be like, and I responded that I wouldn’t know until I get past the 4 month mark after my foot surgery.
Memories – my shoes that got me through 6 half marathons, 1 full marathon, 2 5K’s, and 2 10 milers when they were brand spankin’ new.
Yes, foot surgery.
Next Friday, February 15th at 3 p.m., my right foot is going to have quite a few things done to it. Almost five years ago, I fractured three of the metarasals in my right foot and didn’t get it checked out for three months – mainly because I’m an idiot. I had just had Zachary about two weeks earlier, and walked straight into a rocking chair. I assumed that my foot was swollen because I’d just had a baby (and was grossly overweight at the time as well), so I just kept walking on it.
About a week before I walked into that rocking chair – you can see why part of me thought my swollen foot was because I was so big!
When I FINALLY went to the doctor three months later, I expected the man to smack me because the bones had attempted to fix themselves. I had even bought shoes in a larger size in the hopes of relieving some of the pain in that foot. Obviously, I should have gone to the doctor ASAP.
Fast forward to August 2012, and I fell in the shower and broke the 2nd toe on my right foot (I am obviously a klutz – and I will spare you that picture). You can’t do anything for a broken toe, so I let it be. Well…apparently, because the bones were already weak from the fractures years ago, my toe never fixed itself.
I went to my podiatrist two weeks ago (mainly because my right foot just hurts ALL.THE.TIME. now, no matter what I do – and I knew that I would need to have some of that foot fixed anyways) and found out that not only was that toe still broken, but there was another fracture underneath it (possibly because the bones were so weak). I had also apparently run the Goofy Challenge on a broken and fractured foot.
So, next Friday, my foot will literally be broken in 4 places, three bones will be shaved down, everything re-set/re-straightened, and the 2nd toe bone will be CUT DOWN (because that toe keeps hitting my shoe and isn’t healing) – and then all should be good. However, this means that I’ll be on crutches for three weeks, then a walking cast/boot for three months. No running at all during that time period. Heck, I can’t even put pressure of ANY kind on my foot during the first three weeks, so this will be interesting.
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty sad and cried a little when I realized just how long I’d be out of running commission. Some nights I CRAVE running. But I absolutely have to do this – looking back at two specific pictures from the past month (special shout out to the Reluctant Runner for pointing this out!), you can see that I have been favoring the outside of my foot. I didn’t even realize it (and no, I am not an under-pronating runner – this is the first time I’ve ever run like that).
I’m not waiting 2 weeks to get my photos in the mail, so again, here are contraband pics!
And um, yes, I DID run a 5K this past weekend on said broken down foot as shown in the photo above (and ran into Mom Jovi there as well!). It didn’t hurt when I ran, and my doctor was okay with it, so why not?
Unfortunately, I did a training run three nights ago and felt a very odd POP in that foot. It didn’t hurt then, but it definitely does now- and I decided that I should probably NOT run again before next Friday. I am really very unhappy about this, but I know that in time, it will get better.
The Disney Princess 1/2 marathon is in two weeks, and since I can’t run this year, I deferred my entry to Wine and Dine in October; I will instead be out on crutches cheering my coworkers on (two of them running their very first half marathon, I’m so proud!). And a week after my surgery, I am going to be standing in the pit at the Amway Arena watching P!nk – on crutches. I’m not going to let them get me down. When I get the all clear to get my foot wet, I’m going to start swimming to keep my muscles moving, and I plan to stick to the Medifast 5&1 during that time period as well since I won’t be AS active as I’d like to be. I’m even looking into a way to do the virtual 1/2 marathon with Swamphouse this year, but we’ll see how that could be possible.
And who knows – maybe this surgery could make me a tad faster? One can hope, right?
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