Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Cold Hard Truth

I'm not going to a doctor...the Internet is my friend.

In case you want to dive into my currently very self-absorbed-feeling-sorry-for-myself world, stay put. Otherwise, save yourself! Stop reading while you still can.

I have diagnosed myself with Stage 3 Achilles Tendinosis. Stage 4 is the worst. 1 is the best. That's a lie...0 pain is the best. Anyway ....as far as I can tell, I am looking at close to a month without running (at the very least). I spent the greater part of last evening in bed with a box of Kleenex and an endless supply of salty snacks. It it TBD if this is going to cost me the marathon (I can always do one later in the season), but it is going to cost me a lot of heartache.

There are a few pieces of good news. A.) I get out of playing basketball. B.) I can still go to spinning (this is my only saving grace honestly---thank you GOD for this). C.) I can do pool workouts (I need to lock down the art of water running-- any help here?). and finally D.) WE GO ON VACATION TO THE CARIBBEAN IN THREE WEEKS AT WHICH POINT I WILL NOT CARE ABOUT RUNNING. That's a lie too. I was planning on running along the beach in Ft. Lauderdale. But...whatever. Big picture right?

Do I look like I care about running?

So for now, I will live with an ice pack and a spin bike. I will try to put down the fork so I still fit in my swimming suits come February. I also vow to not blog about it incessantly. Which means I may be silent for three weeks to a month.

That all being said, I know there is a reason for all of this. It is disappointing, but it is life and could be monumentally worse. God has a plan and I must remember to praise Him in good times and bad.

A-spinning I will go, a-spinning I will go....I love a spin bike...



  1. Aww, I'm sorry about your owie but at least you can spin! I've been itching to get back to spin class!

  2. awww, i'm sorry about ur injury BUT at least u kno wat it is. that way u can best take care of it. if it does help, tendonitis is one of those injures where u really do never kno, so if u take good care of it i'm pretty sure u could squeak in runs perhaps sooner. along with the icing, do u have access to an ultrasound machine? talk to a local podiatrist or sports med place, sometimes they let u go in and use one without having to pay every time. u'd just use it for 10mins or less.

    aqua-jogging...it can be tricky, but make sure u have one of those belts and it will make it LOTS easier!! it helps u stay afloat and then just try to stay upright and cycle ur legs right under u. feel better!

  3. I don't have access to one. I am hoping it didn't get too aggrevated from all the activity this weekend. I haven't done anything this week, but will try spinning tomorrow (as long as it doesn't cause pain).
    What kind of belt is it? Where do I get one?

  4. Hopefully it will heal faster, at least now you know what you are dealing with. You still have a good exercise routine still in place, enjoy walks along the beach instead and before you know it you'll be back to running!! Have a great vacation and try to stay encouraged.

    1. Thanks Tara!! I also looked into water running at our Aquatics Center-- they have the running belts already!! Good news. :)