Not Meant to Be

This non-runner thought she could tackle the half-marathon in October...

Custom fit running shoes?



Cute running skorts?
Wide array of moisture wicking workout wear including specialty running socks?


Garmin Forerunner 305 with a heart-rate monitor?

Half marathon training schedule that includes walk breaks?

Unseasonably cool and non-humid weather for the Midwest in August?


Body with no injuries?

I was so prepared.....and my awesome husband used his own "fun" money to get me the Garmin just a couple of weeks ago. I was also making great progress on my long runs.

Then my ankle started swelling...... I first ignored it because it wasn't excruciating and the swelling reduced when I iced it. But it kept happening. And then it was aching on non-running days. So I decided to self diagnose using WebMD and Google and came up with tons of possibilities. All involved "stop running" so I chose to ignore them.

Finally, after talking to my best friend who is a PT and told me "don't be stupid and really injure yourself," I grudgingly went to the doctor. A week, two office visits, x-rays, a bone scan (and I admit some long runs before the final results), we have a diagnosis-

Stress fracture in the ankle

Guess what that means? Yep, no running for 8 weeks. Guess what else.....8 weeks is exactly the half marathon which pains me even more that I won't be ready.

I am been really bummed lately because running was so not my thing but I was making a lot of progress and actually sticking to a workout plan. But in the grand scheme of things it is really not so bad (at least I keep saying that to myself). It doesn't require a cast, and I am walking normally. I also can continue to ride my bike, swim and do anything that does not cause pounding on my ankle. I can even continue to wear my non supportive summer shoes to work. (Before the orthopedist had figured out what it was, he was not impressed with my choice of "supportive" shoes I wore to the appointment. He just does not understand that "support" and "cute sandals" do not belong in the same sentence.)

So sadly there will me no half-marathon for me in October. I took a week off from working out to mope but now I am back on my bike so hopefully come 8 weeks I can gradually get back into running without re-injuring my ankle. Just in time for freezing temperatures and snow. Oooops since I am being positive I mean just in time to add another challenging dimension to my running.

I guess there is always biking gear......

Call Me Crazy

OK before you think I have totally last my mind....that should read "half-marathon" which is not nearly as cool but at least attainable. If you would have told me six months ago that I would be paying money to run 13.1 miles I would have laughed at you.

I have not updated the blog on my running progress because honestly I thought I could not keep it up and did not want to admit that. But I finished the Couch to 5K program four weeks ago (with all the boxes checked off) and moved onto higher mileage. The other thing that has pushed me is my new running partner. It is so much easier to get out of bed early when you know someone is waiting for you. It also helps that your running partner has completed a full marathon and you don't want to look weak in front of her so you push yourself to the point of feeling like you are going to puke. Not that it has happened to me:). If I was on my own on the short runs during the week, I so would have stayed in bed and would have starting walking wayyyy before the puking point.

I told myself that if I could successfully run five miles last week then I would consider signing up for the half. Well I did that on Sunday and even felt like I could have gone farther. So with my friend Sarah's urging, I decided to take the plunge. Barring injury I will be running 13.1 miles in October. I decided that even if I have to walk it Biggest Loser style that I am going to be able to do it.

This is not to say that I am converted to running. The girl who hated P.E. with a passion is still in there. My Achilles is aching and while I am strangely looking forward to running 6 miles this weekend, I looked at every bike that passed me while I was jogging last weekend with jealousy. Also that whole "going back to work thing" might put I slight crimp in my time for training. So we will see what the next weeks hold and how I continue in my training. But since I committed I have no choice but to keep going. Especially now that I admitted it I really am crazy.