Doctor says it's just tendinitis and not a stress fracture. Let me repeat that:
I do not have a stress fracture.
Here's what the good doc said, in old school bullet points, of course:
- X-Rays revealed that I have bones in my feet. No fracture, not even a bone bruise.
- The reason I have tendinitis is because "this happens when you turn 36." Ha ha. Thanks doc.
- He's not crazy about my shoes. Not a fan of the Izumis. Didn't recommend a specific shoe, but he did say that maybe I should consider more of a cushioned shoe.
I celebrated the good news by cranking out a 4.5 miler this morning. Top of the foot is a little sore and I felt my IT band on the downhill parts, but I can deal with that.
So for the rest of the year, here's what's on the docket:
- The 2008 Omaha Corporate Cup Run. This was the first race (a 10K) that I ever ran, so there's a fondness for this race, plus you get a free coffee mug! Woo hoo! It's this weekend, so I'll be writing a race report. It's been awhile since I've done that.
- The Des Moines HALF Marathon. The doctor agreed that going the half was the way to go. There are other marathons. That leads me to the last bullet point......
- The 2009 P.F. Chang's Arizona Rock n' Roll Marathon. Funny story on this one: as I'm reading Vanilla's post about how he has finally decided to run a marathon, my email flag pops up. It's my sister. The title of the email? "A Crazy Idea". She suggests that I should come out to Phoenix and run the PFCARNRM. She's training for the half and I could run the marathon at the same time. Kismet? Vanilla stalking potential? Abso-friggin-lutely! This sets up perfectly:
- I'll get to visit my sister and her new house, something I haven't done since she moved down there.
- It's in Phoenix. I don't care what type of elevation map you give me, Phoenix is F-L-A-T flat!
- It'll be beautiful running weather in mid-January! Dry and cool.
- A band and cheerleaders located on every mile of the course.
- It's in Phoenix.
- The day after the race is MLK day, a day off from school. No getting on a plane immediately after running the race.
- I'll be able to celebrate both my first marathon and my sister's first half marathon.
- The prospect of completing my Vanilla Shrine (I just need one more picture and a lock of hair) intrigues me.
- It's Phoenix.
Nothing is a done deal for Phoenix (i.e. - plane tickets, registration, etc.), but it's close. Just need to figure out some logistics. I'm training for it, though! In fact, training started last week and I'm already behind. Uh oh. Actually, I'm giving consideration to Galloway training versus my Hal "The Hammer" Higdon training. If anyone's done this, let me know what you thought.
Editor's Note: Since the 'skers are taking the week off, so will I. I'll bring back my picks next week.