Running With Pain

Posted on October 8, 2010

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I’m starting to worry a little bit. We are in our sixth week of training and the back of my ankle has begun to throb. I dismissed the pain for the last three weeks, assuming it would disappear. Unfortunately, the pain has gradually gotten worse.

Last Saturday we ran 10 miles. That’s the most we have ever run in our lives. However, I think it only added to the pain in my leg. I fear it may be tendonitis, which is my biggest fear. Ever since I tore ligaments in my right ankle a couple of years ago I have dealt with tightness in my ankle. Luckily I went to physical therapy for two months following my injury and I assumed it was much stronger now. I feel, though, that my previous injury is directly related to the pain. The funny thing is I can run faster than I could a year ago. The pain usually subsides about five minutes into my run, but when I stop it slowly creeps up again. I wanted nothing to derail me from my training program, but it’s looking like I may have to take a week off and see how my ankle responds. That’s hard for me to even think about and harder for me to even attempt.

Running is my escape and it is something that I need in my life right now. I have been so excited since we started training for the Rock n’ Roll marathon in San Antonio that I have been willing to fight through my shin splints and knee pain, but I know this is far more serious. I fear that I may tear my Achilles tendon, which I believe I came close to during my recovery from my torn ligaments. That lingering pain is a voice that tells me to slow down. I just don’t know how I can do that. I never thought I would be a runner, not like this. I have surpassed all my expectations and I expect to continue to do so. I know, however, that I must remain healthy and listen to my body. It is just becoming increasingly difficult as the half marathon approaches. It is about a month away now and I want to be more than ready for it. I want it to be the beginning of many races to run in the future, but today is just one of those days where the future seems so far away. I guess for now all I can do is pray and hope.

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