The other night I went for my first outdoor run in a very long time. Pretty much since my ankles/tarsals got to the point of unbearable several months ago.
I had to take a break and the break, unfortunately, last longer than I’d expected. My with the constant pain and swelling and bruising, I didn’t have much of a choice.
I’ve been doing a mile here and there at the gym, easing my way back into it, but taking it super careful, and even resorting to wearing compression socks (which, by the way, worked wonders. I highly recommend them. Thanks, Mom!). And it’s been working. Slowly, I’ve been making progress. Hallelujah!
So, the other night was perfect weather. And I felt kind of blah and like I needed a little cardio, so I went for it. And, it was glorious! I had such a good run. In fact, the run was so great and pain free that I actually forgot about it until last night when I was updating her on the tarsal tunnel.
I am pumped to get back in the saddle again and start hitting the pavement when I can – especially in the evening once the sun starts to go down. I love evening runs.
The major downside from this setback – aside from the pain, swelling, and bruising caused by the tarsal tunnel – is that it’s looking like I won’t be running in the Harvest Marathon this year. At least not the half marathon like I’d planned. There’s no way I can start training for a half marathon set for the start of October this late in the year. And, to be perfectly honest, I don’t know if I really want to. Not that I don’t want to run the half, because I’ve had my heart set on it all year and had been in training for it, but because I don’t want to go right back into hardcore running and put my ankle health back in jeopardy. That would just be stupid and irresponsible of me.
So, for the time being I will work my way slowly back into a running routine and, perhaps I will set my sights lower for the Harvest this year and do a 5 or 10 k. I just need to remember, no matter how disappointed I am about not running the half, is that I am doing this for me and it is the right decision. Because in the end….being able to walk the rest of my life is more important than running one day.