Winners play hurt.
Less than four weeks until the Chicago Marathon and I am limping.
I don’t know what happened! I ran 18 miles last Saturday with no issues. Then I ran 3 miles on Sunday and my Achilles hurt. I thought maybe it was a bruise from the long run the day before. But it kept getting worse. I haven’t run since, but I have had my work user conference all week which meant early mornings, late nights, 4″ heels and lots of standing (and a bit-o-dancing mixed in). It’s not shocking that none of those things helped.
I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what it is. I just know that I am scared to death I won’t be able to run this marathon. My final 20-mile run is supposed to be Saturday with my girls. We have been talking about this day for weeks. We even have flair to wear! And I may have to miss it.
I have had injuries before. Shin splints. Deep buttock syndrome. Hip issues. But I have always been able to run through them. Because as my VP of Sales says, “winners play hurt.” But this one hurts so bad I can’t walk. How am I going to run?
Ice. Rest. Elevate. Stretch. TLC. Rinse and repeat. I won’t panic just yet…