This is a hard post to write.
My last post was nine days ago – which is inexcusable – and in it I spoke of some pain that I was dealing with in my left foot and lower leg. I self-diagnosed peroneal tendonitis and hypothesized that it was new shoes that were giving me the problem.
Well – I’m not sure if it was the shoes, but I know that the tendonitis, it is real. After a rest I did a couple of runs on my old Beasts, and things were fine. And then on the third run I felt things tweak, and afterward I was back to not really being able to comfortably walk. The pain, which started on the side of my foot, now follows a path from my foot, back around my ankle, and all the way up to the base of my calf. Those areas are by turns sore or downright painful, and when they aren’t those things they just feel weak. Something is not right, and the only way I know to make it better is rest.
The timing could not be worse. I’m registered for a half marathon on May 18th, and I’m not even close to trained for it. Given that right now I’d be nervous about running 2 miles, that race is all but ruled out. This will be the first time I’ve been unable to run a race I’ve registered for.
Yeah – I’m not feeling great about that.
I’m not sure what I want to do about the streak. May is a month that is full of shorter race opportunities, including a race about 10 minutes from the house that I did last year. The way my summer / fall schedule shakes out should allow me to basically take 2 or 3 weeks off and then start at the very beginning of a half-marathon training schedule to prepare for the Freeport Half Marathon on September 7th. Anything I do in May will have no purpose other than extending the streak … but I think I’m OK with that.
I’m learning that injuries suck.
I don’t intend to go away – there are several posts that I’ve got in mind. But for awhile I won’t be running.