I want to say thanks to everyone who left such kind and encouraging words about my dad. It was so nice to read your comments.
My dad is doing better. He is still in the skilled nursing facility, but hopes to get out next week. He has been receiving physical therapy twice a day and pretty much has his fine motor skills back. Walking is still a struggle, which isn't surprising since he was still recovering from back surgery when he had the TIA.
I really appreciated all your well-wishes and prayers! What an amazing group of people you are, Running Blogger Friends!
I Said I Was Not... But I Did
Last week, I blogged that I was not going to run until the marathon in order to give my knee and heel a chance to recover. Well, today I broke down and ran. I felt I needed it since it's been such a stressful week and because I'm dealing with the how-the-heck-am-I-going-to-do-this-marathon-if-I-don't-run jitters.
My group was scheduled to do six miles today. My kids spent the night at their grandma's house on Friday so I took the opportunity to sleep in. And I did. Until 10:30, my friends... just like my pre-kids days.
After I woke up (on my own sweet time), I had my coffee and cereal and headed to the gym. I ended up doing three miles on the treadmill. I figured that would be a good number to give my knee and heel a little work without doing too much damage.
The Treadmill Blues
I don't like running on the treadmill. Who's with me on this? Running on the treadmill is trudgery for me. Boring. Monotonous. Repetitive. Predictable. All the things I dislike in life and in running. I had to keep telling myself to not feel discouraged... that the marathon will be much better and seem like less work because of the crowds, energy, and being outside. I hope I'm right because three miles on the treadmill was pretty miserable!
*I found this picture on another blogger's site: Check it out...
My Aches & Pains
Great news! My knee/leg is probably about 95% better. It did not bother me at all during the week last week or during my run. I decided against giving a 100% because it felt a little twingy for a while after my run. The twingies are gone now, though. Yipee!
My heel, on the other hand... well, let's just say that after reading your comments on a previous posting, I'm pretty sure I've got a mild and/or beginning case of plantar fasciitis. I've been taking a lot of your advice and have been icing, stretching, rolling, resting, and pleading with it. It felt better during the week, especially yesterday. After my run today, however, it is tender. I'm going to fight this because I don't want it to keep me out of the marathon.
I've seen this funny-looking contraption at a few different sports stores:
Have any of you tried this? Did it help? Is it worth the $35?
This is a picture of the Pro-Tec Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint. There are quite a few different night splints out there... any other recommendations?
One More Week!
I can't believe the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is a week away! I am excited... and I am scared. I have lots of thoughts and emotions whisking around in my head regarding the race. I will share them on my next blog... after I get them rounded up and under control.
By the way... Irene, that blog title is for you! What song is it? I didn't intend to do that but it fits!