Someone recently played a Words with Friends word in a game with me that seems to sum up how I’m feeling at this moment: aarrgh. It’s a sentiment I am familiar with but I didn’t realize it was an actual word!
I’ve been putting off blogging for almost a month – partly because my photos captions and frames aren’t working correctly and I can’t figure out why (aarrgh). But the last few weeks have been full of adventure and many miles (albeit not great ones), so I’ll procrastinate no more!
Mark is putting together of video of our Epic adventure which I will share as soon as it’s ready!
I’ve been running through shin pain for a couple of months now. After patting myself on the back for taking time off when I had Achilles and peroneal tendon pain, I ignored the nagging shins in order to stay on track for Epic and Pikes Peak Ascent (PPA) training. I had been able to somehow still get 40+ miles a week of mostly trail running until the final leg of Epic when I just couldn’t run anymore – I let Mark take the final 3 miles of that route (aarrgh).
When we got back, I finally broke down ended up scheduling an appointment with an orthopedist who took some x-rays of my shin which showed a healthy bone. Based on these results, I was given a tentative green light to continue to train for the PPA.
So I’ve been shuffling along but x-rays aren’t always conclusive it seems so the doctor did order a follow up MRI (which I had today). I will get the final results next week – just a few days before the PPA (aarrgh).
Training has been pretty painful – although not consistent. Sometimes when I run the pain is nagging, sometimes it is excruciating. What is consistent is my performance – I am running slow, my gait isn’t right, I have weird compensatory pains and I just don’t feel any power or push off when I run or power-hike the steep sections of Barr Trail.
I am not dumb or naïve – I know I need some time off to get this healed. I am still at the point where cross training is not very painful and every time I hit another training run, I fear that I might cross that line – but so far so good.
In the meantime, I have an internal debate going on – I would like to tackle that mountain one more time … race day is just so close and I am not planning on running Pikes Peak next year since I will have a graduating senior heading off to college. But at the same time, I realize that it is not likely to be a great personal performance so I am struggling with whether or not it’s worth it.
For now, I am leaning toward one more, one last (at least for a while) PPA … hopefully the MRI results will support that decision.