I feel like it's my fault that I injured my ankle, because I did not pay attention to all the warning signs that were there, and I could have rested in January for two weeks instead of now for two weeks and been able to kick it up just in time to be in great marathon shape. I shouldn't have changed my shoes plus added extra mileage at the same time. I shouldn't have ran when it hurt and I should have been foam rolling every single day. I should have kept up with my calf strengthening exercises I did last year when I had arch pain.
It's hard to not be devastated. I know it's only one race, and it's one I have done before, but it's still my second marathon. And I only do things a second time either for fun or to do better. Well, this race wasn't all that fun, ha ha, so I was mainly doing this to knock twenty minutes off of my time from last year -- or in other words to run a sub-3:45.
Based on how my foot has been feeling today and yesterday, that's not happening. I am in a lot of pain and the swelling hasn't really gone down in general, only after a few hours of rest and icing. I have been icing, elevating, taking ibuprofen and resting it as much as possible, but it doesn't feel any better really.
I didn't realize how incredibly "on-my-feet" my lifestyle is until this injury. I have made habits of staying busy and staying on my feet to burn calories, keep my energy up throughout the day, and then sleep well at night. I make multiple trips down the hall instead of combining trips, for example, and I don't sit down from the time I get home from work (usually around 4:30) until I sit down to eat dinner. In between is various chores, cooking dinner, cleaning up the house, walking and playing with the dog, and, previous to now, a good run.
These are incredibly hard habits to break, and I found myself washing fruit at 9pm last night at the kitchen sink until my husband suggested I pull up a chair. I just don't think about things like that. I have a sit-stand desk at work (requested due to sciatica in my right hip/leg and back) and I have at least remembered to sit at work, but forget to not go on walks around the building or to Starbucks, or to combine trips downstairs to the cafeteria.
So for my second marathon, who knows what will happen? I have another couple of days until my custom orthotics come in, and then I am going to try light jogging, probably next Wednesday the 4th. Plan is to jog until it hurts, or three miles, whichever comes first!
Luckily, I have been able to keep up my fitness on the recumbent bike, but the pushing on my foot has likely set me back. Driving a manual isn't helping, either!