As I mentioned Thursday, I decided to walk at the rec center while the boys played basketball. I haven't walked much at all since my ankle injury, because I've been trying to keep weight off of it as much as possible (hello, jigsaw puzzles!). Open swimming is only from 8:30 pm-10:00 pm on Thursdays, so I couldn't do water running, but after such a lazy day on Wednesday, I was feeling the urge to be active yesterday.
I wore my Altra Paradigms, because those have maximum cushioning. I brought along my iPod, and went upstairs to the track. There were a ton of people on it! Usually, I'm the only one, or maybe 1-2 others. I started walking at a pretty quick pace (slightly faster than a 15:00/mi pace). There are only three lanes, and most people were walking in pairs. The inner lane is for running only, so it was difficult to pass people.
I was so grateful that my ankle felt PERFECT. No issues whatsoever. I decided that after a mile of walking, I'd attempt to run one time around the track (1/12 of a mile) and see how my ankle felt. It was so strange--the second I started running, my ankle started hurting. It must just be the impact from running that is causing the pain. I walked a while longer, for 30 minutes total, and then called it quits. My ankle was a little sore when I got home, but nothing worse than it has been lately.
I woke up a few times during the night and my ankle was really hurting, so the walk and/or brief run really irritated it; in the morning, it was so painful that I was limping! I have an appointment with a podiatrist on Tuesday evening. I'd like to at least rule out a fracture or something else that's really serious. For now, I'm not even going to test it. I'm going to continue to rest it as much as possible, and do the water running for exercise.
It's been almost 8 weeks since I injured it, and with all the resting I've been doing, I would have hoped to see more progress. But the reality is, this is a long-term injury, so I have to reevaluate any running goals I have for this year. Training for Indy is supposed to start in a week! My goal was a sub-2:00 half-marathon, but I am not even going to hope for that now. I'm going to continue to train in the pool, logging as much time as I would if I was running on ground. As soon as my ankle is better, I'll see where I'm at as far as Indy goes.
I've done Indy four times, and each time, I say that I would love to do the race with a camera, and take tons of pictures along the course. It's a SUPER fun course, and I always see so many fun bands, costumes, runners' shirts, etc. that I've wanted to take pictures of. So maybe this time, I'll do just that: run if I can, but not worry about time, and just take lots of pictures and enjoy it. If I still can't run by then, I'll walk it.
My main priority for a running goal this year is now to be able to train for and run the Detroit Marathon, which is in October (training starts in July). I had hoped to train for a PR, and maybe that's still possible. It's all going to depend on what happens with my ankle. But I'll worry about that later. Right now, I just want to do everything in my power to get better--even if that means no running for a few months. I'll just have to bust my ass in the pool! ;)
Today, the kids had their classes at JoAnn Fabrics. Noah has been taking a cake decorating class, and Eli had a pajama pants sewing class. The classes were a gift from my mom for them for Christmas, and she's been the one going with them, but she wasn't able to today, so Jerry and I took the kids. Today was the final day of class for each of them. Noah designed and decorated a Minecraft cake:
And Eli made a cute pair of fleece pajama bottoms:
They both really enjoyed the classes. The cake decorating was super messy, and required a ton of prep work on my mom's part, but Noah is really excited to be able to decorate birthday cakes for our family. And Eli was even taught how to clean a sewing machine, which will certainly come in handy--I don't know that I've ever cleaned mine! hahaha
Tonight, my younger brother, Nathan, is watching the kids, which they are super excited about. Jerry and I are going to my friend Eric's house, where several of my high school friends are getting together. It's been a while since I saw everyone, so I'm really looking forward to it!