Oh hello there blog. I have been busy but hopefully I am on my way back.
Let’s talk running.
About a year ago, give or take, I was biking to work when I was struck by a vehicle. Fun. He took off and physically it left me with rheumatoid arthritis in the ankle I landed on, and in an air cast for about 6 weeks. I attempted to run after a reasonable time out of the cast but for the next 6 months I still had lingering pain, most likely from the RA, in that ankle.
So no marathon in 2015 for me. Actually no running races at all and at one point I was sadly debating if my running days were over.
Somewhere along the way my ankle started feeling better… then almost normal. I ran once or twice and would have stiffness the next few days but it was progress.
About a month or more ago I decided to take my ankle for a serious test. I went from no miles / no days to about 3 – 4 miles 2 or 3 times in a week. I just pulled that bandage right off and went back into it!
The first few days it was a little stiff and then, … nothing. What? 🙂
I did this for a good couple of weeks and decided that it was good … that I could do this … and that maybe I just need to keep running.
I pulled the trigger and signed up for marathon #3, which will be in April 2016.
My goal is this … run 2 – 3 days a week with at least one day having 6 miles (I am already doing this now) between now and the end of the year. Work on strength and getting my pace back. Then, in January switch to a marathon training plan. … and keep going.
I am worried that if I stop now I could risk losing this normal feeling ankle so I am using that as momentum to just … keep .. running!
So, we will see how things go… if the rheumatoid flares up or if things are good.
I am excited to have a little more normal but also equally cautious that this could be a decision that I need to keep monitoring.
The goal is to keep progressing and not get obsessive, which I like to do. It has been hard to limit running to 3 or 4 days but I have so many other moving parts to my life that I really don’t have time for more right now.
I will report back later.
Thanks for reading!