Wednesday, August 29, 2012
So, I've been running lately....
Yeah, it's true. I have started to run. For quite some time now I have been on that "I need to get healthy" kick, but never really did anything at all. In fact, I have probably gone through the longest inactive streak that I have ever known. It's sad to think about really. The last two or three years have been strange for me. Happy in the sense of my family, sad in the sense that we have let a lot of things get out of our control.
About five weeks ago, I decided to give running a shot. I found a beginners program online that works on an interval based time. It's been fairly smooth for me. I mean, it is definitely easing me into the running. So much so, that I have actually kept it up for...well five weeks. I am at a point now that I don't want to stop. I don't.
Over the last couple of years, I have always had a secret plan/goal, to do like a 5k run. Well, to be honest, I wanted to do all of the 5k's that the major sport teams in Houston have. Astros, Dynamo, Rockets, and Texans if they all have them, which I believe that they do. You get to do a cool 5k and usually tickets for that weekends game. Oh yeah! That and they usually end up somewhere cool...like center court, 50 yard line, what have you. Sounds cool! Right?! Of course. As with everything else, of course, I never did anything about it. Until now...sort of...
The goal for me, seems to be in complete reach. I started a running program on 7/30/12, and guess what?!? The Houston Texans host "The Running of the Bulls" 5k on 9/23/12. Seems to be in reach. It's a realistic goal to set for yourself. Hold up...nothing can be easy....
Moving right along...into the third week of running...my shins start feeling a bit tender. Great. Shin splints?! Quite possible. I developed them the last time I attempted running. It's a blessing of having extremely flat feet. Great. Three weeks in, I don't want to stop. I read a little, and see that you can continue to train through them, but you do have to be careful. I read diligently. I began stretching as much as I can, and iced my shins down as much as I could. They remained tender, but didn't seem to be getting any worse. Still, I pay close attention and continue on.
Feeling great about my running and completing my fourth week with as much confidence as one could have, another set back. On a day that I don't run (Sunday), I start feeling a slight pain in my right foot in the afternoon. Nothing too major, just a nagging pain. It was with me all day, slightly getting to be a bit more painful. At the end of the day, about to get into bed, the pain was severe. I was beginning to wonder if I had a broken bone.
ARE THE RUNNING GODS NOT PLEASED WITH ME?! WHAT HAVE I DONE? I called into work the next day and decide to get it checked out. After four different attempts to schedule an appointment, finally...an opening!!! 3:30 p.m. It was a looong day for me. The thoughts that something was broken and that I was going to have to stop kept running through my mind (No pun intended). Already I was thinking to myself that it would be the most crushing news that I have received in quite some time. I mean, I wondered to myself if I would potentially cry upon getting the grim news. On the other hand, I was also worried that I would go to the doctor and they say that they don't see anything wrong. This usually happens to me. But, hey!! The pain is there, and I can assure you that I am not making it up.
Well, after an X-Ray...they found something. Tendonitis of the fifth metatarsal. Wow! That actually sounds cool! Ok, maybe not. It's basically just an inflamed tendon, it hurts like hell, but it is just inflamed. Doc said that it shouldn't stop me from running. Ice, Ice, Ice and I should be in good shape. What's better is that he praised me for what I was doing and that I should continue. He said that I should have no problem doing a 5k. It was encouraging! It actually made me feel good. Simple, but it made me feel like going on.
It is a major relief for me to get this news. I decided, reluctantly, to take a week off from running. Hopefully with icing down and a week's rest, I should be able to start up on Labor Day. That's the plan at least.
Hope that it is good enough so that I can get back on the track.