This is just a mini update until I can wrap my head around what right now seems like total BS.
The pain in my foot was getting so horrible that I could barely walk, so I went to the podiatrist yesterday thinking he could give me one of those strappy things that you sleep in to get rid of plantar fasciitis. What he did was perform an ultrasound on my heels where he found that the plantar fasciitis on the left was really bad, and that since I had been favoring that side for so long with my pririformis and hamstring issues, too, the poor form caused me to sprain and strain all of the ligaments in my ankle. I got a giant shot in the heel, but it wasn't enough. Three weeks rest,with lots of ice and elevation. No marathon. No way to complete my goal in a year.
I am still really upset, but after an evening of anger and tears, I am trying to find some positives and arm myself with a plan. We are now looking at the Colorado Marathon on May 1. That would give me the three weeks off I need and still allow ample training time. I am also going to switch from 24Hour Fitness to Cherry Creek Athletic Club, where they have an indoor track and tons of swimming lanes. I need to get away from the treadmill for my weekday runs, and want to start swimming again as my crosstraining. My body always feels strongest when I am in the water a couple times a week. I am going use this next three weeks to really come up with a solid meal plan and kick start my weightloss again and do a lot of weight training. I'm sure a main cause of this injury is being a still-overweight person who runs 20-30 miles a week, and I intend to correct that, too. When I can, I will start training again, and I will finish a marathon. But for today, I am still a little angry. So I am going to try to let it go and enjoy today and dinner with friends tonight, and Christmas with family this week.
Before all that, though, I am going to have a beer. I'll be back tomorrow with new goals and plans and whatever else I can try to renew to make myself feel better.
Thank you all for being such great cyber friends. The support is so amazing. And needed. You guys all rock. I didn't come this far to give up, and you guys make me see that it is all still possible.