If you’ve been reading my blog the last 4 months you know I’ve been training for the Chicago Marathon using the Hansons Marathon Method. In my last couple of training updates I talked about how I’m so surprised I’ve made it through this plan without getting injured.
I really should have knocked on wood when I wrote that.
Now it’s 10 days out, and I’m anxiously awaiting finding out tomorrow if I have a stress fracture. I basically have anterior tibial stress syndrome (translation: REALLY FRUSTRATING pain on my shin on the outside of my leg). My doctor ordered an x-ray today and I should find out the results in the morning.
Good news: He’s 90% sure it’s NOT a stress fracture. And it does feel slightly better than it did earlier this week.
Bad news: Even if it’s not, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to run the race.
If it’s not a stress fracture, and if I can run without doing damage, I am going to run this race. Even if I have to walk half of it, I’m doing it. I’m likely going to be throwing my goals out the window, but at this point it would kill me to just not do it at all. You don’t do 16 weeks of Hansons training and not get some sort of positive result out of it! Unfortunately I’ll be going into the race having not run for two weeks by that point, which will be mentally tough to deal with, but I feel like my training has been solid and that aerobically I am ready to run this marathon.
So, to close, in times of despair (ok, that’s a little dramatic) I’m going to turn to one of my favorite brands, Lululemon, for some guidance on how to deal with this situation. Two quotes from their Manifesto are stuck with me at the moment:
“Life is full of setbacks. Success is determined by how you handle the setbacks.” – Remind me of this one if I find out I have a stress fracture tommorrow!
“Your outlook on life is a direct reflection of how much you like yourself” - I am determined to have a positive outlook on this situation. If I can’t run the race, I will allow myself to wallow in my misery for a few days, but then it’s time to figure out a plan. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that you have to be able to like yourself and live with your choices, first and foremost. If I can’t run this race, I will choose the path of getting myself healthy and back on track, however I need to do that.
More to come tomorrow…Keep your fingers crossed for me!
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