Chicago Marathon is 26 days away. I had a left calf strain due to dancing in my kitchen a few Thursday mornings ago in hopes to making a not so happy 2 yr old laugh. The dancing was not anything crazy. Not even one of my signature moves. Just a little side shuffle action to the microwave and then towards Grant.
At first I felt a “POP”. Thinking it was nothing, I limped myself outside to see if I go run to the stop sign and back ( maybe 1000 ft). My left leg was not having it. I could not even get 3 strides in. I immediately sent a text to my BRFs and told them what had happened. ” Ice now. Elevate. Put on your compression stocking”. I did all the above and then got G to the back up sitters so I could not move. I iced my ass off. Called my PCP. Scored an appointment for the next day. Did X-ray. Got diagnosis. Scheduled appointment with ortho/sports med doc. Iced my ass off some more.
Hubby took the kiddos away for Labor Day weekend and I stayed back so I could continue to RICE. Took the rest of the week off as well and followed up with ortho PA. PA told me to rest for another week BUT I was allowed to ride my bike fro 20-30 minutes as well as do some calf exercise. Two weeks off completely right before my first marathon was mentally challenging. I was a bag of emotions and just generally felt like I had a black cloud over my head.
Yesterday, I had another follow up with my girl. My lady. My favorite sports med doc in the entire world. She is a runner. And a mom. And just an amazing human being. Doc has ran over 20 marathons. After the initial physical exam, I was cleared to run. Doc then sat down with me along with my ratty marked up Hal Higdon Novice 2 marathon training plan that has been hanging on my fridge since May and helped me. She laid out for my what the next 26 days should look like in the “if I were you…”. Now, this week, I need to concentrate on the warm up and cool down as well as foam rolling. Icing after the run and at night is also a part of the plan. I was given heel gel supports to wear in my shoes for the short runs in order to absorb some of the shock that my calves would be taking on.
We ended this appointment by her telling me some encouraging words given the fact that this is my first marathon. She asked that I email her after the marathon to let her know how I did. ( Goal is just to finish standing upright).
While being off for two weeks was a total mental f*ck, I am happy to say that not running made me realize how much I need to run. Every area of my life just felt off.
After the appointment, I rushed home, put on my running gear and hit the pavement. Run felt wonderful. I felt strong and proud. I also took the time to give gratitude to my body.
26 days until my life will no doubt be changed.
Happy and healthy running!