Since having Sam, I have struggled to regain my stride with running. First, I was sidelined with shin splints, then a stress fracture. And just when I was finally back on track, running five miles a day again? I have achilles tendonitis. I visited the doctor yesterday and discovered that the exruciating pain I was experiencing every time I put weight on my foot was not, in fact, a malady requiring amputation (as I suspected) but merely an injury that will have me in a knee-high boot for a month. I can work out, but only on machines where my feet stay flat--the cross trainer, elliptical, step mill. I am so sad to give up running for yet another month, upset to learn that I will (yet again) have to start from scratch in my training. But I am hoping for a speedy recovery and no more injuries.
Why do I love a sport that sidelines me at least twice a year. I have sprained my ankle, my foot, had shin splints and a stress fracture. And now this. My doctor said that one in six runners is sidelined with an injury at any time. But I feel more injury prone than most. Do I need to stretch more? Vary my routine more? Run less (gulp)? What will fix this vexing issue?
In other news, we love our Red Sox!! I knew we would win. Here is a photo of Sam and me showing the Sox some love last weekend:
Sam enjoyed trick or treating, but since she could not have any of the candy, we got plenty. But she was a big fan of people oohing and ahhing over her costume and handing her bright colored rattles that she could play with, shake and chew on:
Check out this month's column for the story of our flight from hell last month...