After taking the month of June and July off, I hoped I had recovered from my injury: I finished the Rock’n’Roll San Diego Half Marathon on June 2, and I knew I needed to take a break. My leg and ankle have been giving me fits since before the Duke City Half Marathon, last October, and even though I took a month off after that race, and then several weeks every few weeks since then, the pain hadn’t gone away.
I went to the doctor, got x-rays that showed no injuries, then I went to an Orthopedist who recommended rest and physical therapy. After 8 weeks rest and physical therapy, the Ortho said I had no apparent inflammation anywhere and that I was free to go out for several short runs. And, to stop if I had any pain.
Well, a quarter mile run and one half mile run brought back the exact same pain I had been experiencing since October. I took all the extra precautions, I went slow, and I was vigilant with stretching and self care, but the pain still returned.
So, I am taking three months off now. Maybe three months will do the trick. Maybe five will. Or a year. Or maybe I will not heal from this and my running days are over. I’m going to keep doing what I can to heal and strengthen myself until then.
I am doing an in-depth study of Psalms right now. From just a week of research I have seen words of lament to a God who doesn’t seem to be answering prayers. These laments area always followed with a shout of praise. Our God does hear our prayers, even when the answers we ask for either don’t come, or aren’t what we want.
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death. . .
But I will trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for He has been good to me.
– Psalm 13:3-4,5-6
While I can’t run right now, I am looking for ways to find joy in every moment of life. I will spend more time walking and praying, and writing, studying, practicing guitar, and investing in my family. I am sorrowful that I have lost this part of my life for now, but I can see that God’s blessings will shine through.
This blog will not be focused on running for a while. I hope that you will stick with me.