The waiting game

The BAA announced yesterday that for sure they would not be able to accept all runners who registered for the Boston Marathon.  They are crunching numbers and verifying finish times right now, and by Weds we’ll get to find out who made it in.  My mindset has switched from sad to disappointed, because I’m pretty sure I didn’t get in.  That lightens the blow some I guess.  But as I wait out this week, I have been finding a few things to entertain me.  Wednesday I met with some friends and we got to enjoy this awesome view on the water.  Wouldn’t that be great to see that view everyday?

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Wednesday also greeted me with the reality that a little pain in my foot on Monday was more than just a little pain.  Remember that great workout I had on Monday?  Oh, just a little too soon I guess.  And maybe not the best idea to try to keep up with the XC team.  AND, certainly not the best idea to go for a run on the pain on Tuesday, even though it was with my bestie and we haven’t run forever.  Although I very much enjoyed seeing her again and catching up with each other, it did my foot no good.  At this point, my best self diagnosis is that I have Sesamoiditis.

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When I say “best” self diagnosis, that means the one that looks like it is hopeful to heal on it’s own, and won’t require surgery.  I found many other scary diagnosis that range from removing bones to “it will never go away”, so I’m putting my money on the one that I found which will heal in the shortest amount of time.  And will allow me to still run.  But, if my foot is still feeling this way next week, I will be visiting my Dr for a session of this dialog:

  • Dr:  So, have you been running marathons?
  • Me: Yes!  And now I hurt myself again.
  • Dr:  Do you still have that boot?  Put it on, and you’ll need to stop running for 6 weeks and let it heal.
  • Me:  Ouch.  That hurts more than my foot, or getting rejected for the Boston Marathon!

It’s odd because my foot will hurt annoyingly a lot when I am lying in bed in the morning, after resting it.  It feels like someone is pushing on the spot with a pencil.  A very specific pinpointed pain.  Huh.  I guess that is from stretching my toes and some swelling?  Well, if anyone knows more about this issue, please leave me a comment!

Here’s another thing I’ve been doing to occupy my time lately.  Going to the gym!  I’ve always wanted to attend my gym on a regular basis for weight lifting during my training plan, but that never seems to happen.  But now I have new health insurance that will give me $20 in “health rewards” (good towards my insurance premium) if I go to the gym at least 8 times during the month.  What?  Sounds like a challenge to me!

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I’ve got to say I’ve been doing a great job considering I just started going after the marathon (the 14th) this month and I’ve already been to the gym 6 times.  I’ll make my goal after all.  I took this stealth selfie just to prove that I was actually working out.  So sly!!!!

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Q:  Have you ever had any running injury that required something more than just “stop running and rest it?”

Q:  If given that challenge, (I mean “opportunity!”), would it be easy for you to go to the gym 8 times a month?

If the gym was the primary place I worked out it would be no problem.  Too bad I can’t just turn in my Garmin logs and show them I’ve been running!  

Q:  Got any fun plans this weekend?

We are heading out camping this weekend.  Should be beautiful weather!

Happy Friday everyone!!

11 Comments

  1. Drew Pearce

    I know exactly how you feel about Boston. Two years in a row I was on the bubble and two years in a row the bubble burst. Huge disappointment but I went to Boston anyway with my friends who were running and I volunteered. Hope your time is sufficient and you get good news next week. I will be back in Boston next year but volunteering again since I didn’t have a BQ this year.

    • Oh man, I feel your pain. Volunteering is a great idea!! I didn’t think of that. I love to help out at races. I’ll have to keep that in mind. Another thought was to run the 5K. I think they are going to finish across the marathon finish line this time! Either way, I’ll see you there because my travel plans are already set! :)

  2. Alan

    I hope you get in, you deserve to run Boston when it isn’t cold & rainy. It really is a lot more fun when the weather is nice!

  3. Foot pain? Oh no. As someone who has been dealing with my fair share of foot issues, I know that there are so many little bones and tendons down there that can cause all sorts of problems. My latest is FHL Tendonitis or even a partial tear. Thanks big toe for nothing! I hope you get into Boston!
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  4. Confession: I have not been to the gym since mid July when I bought myself some BIG GIRL weights! Right now I have all the equipment I need to do my strength training at home. I still have my gym membership because it is only $10 a month and it is nice to have a back up plan in case I DO want to go to the gym. I am pretty sure this is just a phase and I will end up going back. :)

    I am sorry your foot is hurt! Do you have a good podiatrist? They can give you an xray right away and make sure it is nothing big and ease your worries.
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    • I’m taking the “wait for a little bit” plan on my foot due to Drs fees. Today I’m thinking it might be PF and maybe I need to stretch and massage it. I’m all over the board!

  5. My fingers are crossed that you get into Boston!!!! There is a girl that sometimes runs on Sundays in our group who qualified for Boston and is awaiting to hear…. I think I am just as eager as her to find out if she got in!!!! It will be her first! How exciting!!!!!! So, now, I am on the edge of my seat waiting to hear about her and YOU!!!

    Stinks about the foot! Man, worse case scenario of any injury is REST! Such a dreaded word to hear!!! But, on the other hand, I guess better than major invasive intervention, right?

    Hang in there! Wednesday is right around the corner.

    • The BAA keeps posting “updates” on Facebook, but they only keep telling us they won’t announce until Weds. And now they said Weds AFTERNOON. Oh man, it’s killing me!!

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