Today is a bad day. For the past few weeks, I have wrestled with a nagging pain in my foot (occasionally feet). I went to a doctor, got the nod of "yes, it is an injury so just lay off running for a while". He sent me to a massage therapist who is fantastic and also a runner so we had a mutual understanding that "no running" was not an option. She has given my a laundry list of things to do in addition to massage in order to alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis. In addition, I trimmed back my running for the past two weeks and I also saw a podiatrist for custom orthotics (still working on getting those). I followed every instruction to the letter. I ice constantly, I do more stretching than I ever have and I have attempted to ease back into running. Last night I did 10km after doing just 4k and 5k for the few days leading up it and today the pain is right back where I started. I just laced up to do a quick 5km and could barely get down my street. If I lose much more time in the training, I will never be able to complete the race on Jan 11th.
I am totally devastated...I have been planning this run in Disney for months and months. In addition, I have trained for a marathon three times and not completed it (2 times I got pregnant which is excusable but the first time, I had an injury). I HAVE to do this.
For those who don't know, I am participating in this marathon as a member of the Joints in Motion training team. Last year, our two year old daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. For a long time, she struggled to walk and get dressed or just to play like normal little kids. She has a great doctor and physiotherapist at the Hospital for Sick Children and in recent months, a number of procedures and some hard core meds have really made a difference. Her condition will last forever and the relief is periodic so of course we want to fix it. Since I am not a doctor or scientist, this is the only thing I know how to do to make her life better. My fundraising goal was $4000 and I have already raised more than $6500 (see my arthritis webpage) thanks to the fantastically generous friends and family we are lucky to have. In addition, my kids are over the moon with excitement to go to Disney AND to see Mommy run. My son is in Grade 1 and he had to talk to the class about things that were important to him. He chose to talk about how Mommy is running a marathon at Disney World so that his baby sister can feel better. There is so much more to this race than just my desire to finish so what do I do?...what do I do...?